Last week I received confirmation that I passed the exam Developing Mobile Apps which I took in beta last July while I was preparing for UWP – App Architecture and UX/UI & UWP – App Data, Services, and Coding Patterns.
Since this last exam completes my certification journey for MCSD / MCSA: App Builder – Universal Windows Platform, I think it’s useful to share some resources that I found valuable for preparation.
First of all, I’ve been asked a couple of times what’s the procedure to participate in beta exams (these are the ones that are not yet in final form): I found that the best way to be notified when a new one is available is by following the Born to Learn website (I got my free voucher for 70-357 after I read this blog post).
The exam objectives are listed below and are explained here in the official exam description: I found useful going through every single topic in order to cover as many cases as possible.
- Develop a XAML page layout for an adaptive UI (10–15%)
- Implement page navigation and lifecycle events (10–15%)
- Implement data access and data binding (20–25%)
- Implement feature detection for adaptive coding (10–15%)
- Manage user input and custom user interactions (10–15%)
- Manage authentication and identity management (10–15%)
- Implement notifications, background tasks, and reusable components (20–25%)
Some tips are also available in this Microsoft Ignite session by Mark Rosenberg.
Another resource that I found valuable is the official preparation test: the questions are different from the ones available in the certification exam, but the coverage of the measured skills is properly done and I found it precious for highlighting the topics I needed to review.
I took the exam using the proctored modality from home and worked quite well since I didn’t have to take time off from work and also had much more choices in term of time-slot availability: in the future, I will definitely look forward to using it for other exams.
Other links that I used for preparation are available in my previous post here.