So You want to be an Azure Solutions Architect Expert…the blog series...Labs and Exam Prep

Welcome to this installment of the “So You want to be an Azure Solutions Architect Expert” series. This is the sixth accompanying article, and it will focus on some exam tips and lab focus areas that can help you in your final preparation to take the AZ-303 and AZ-304 exams.

To attend the session on Friday, July 31, 2020, please access the link for the Cloud Lunch and Learn website

These sessions are also being recorded and posted on the Cloud Lunch and Learn YouTube channel

In this session and article, I will be discussing some final steps to prepare for you exam experience. This includes how to prepare your testing location if you are taking this exam utilizing home proctoring, and how to use the Azure portal to prepare for the possibility of labs.

The topics that I will discuss on Friday include the following:

Exam preparation: Microsoft began utilizing home proctoring in 2019 for all of their role-based exams. This exam delivery method allows you to utilize your own equipment from home or office, and avoids the need to travel to a testing facility. This provides a level of convenience that I value when taking an exam. The check-in and proctoring process with Pearson Vue has evolved quite a lot over the past 18 months, and it has become a pretty smooth process.

There are some key points that you need to understand going into the exam.

Exam question format: When I’m doing a training for a Microsoft exam, I often get asked what the questions are like on the exam. There are generally six types of questions that you can expect on the exam.

One final statement on the exam questions. Answer ALL of the questions. Don’t skip any. You are not marked down for wrong answers, so skipping a question gives you nothing while taking a guess may give you points.

Lab preparation: The Microsoft Learning github repository contains lab guides that can be used to prepare for any exam:

Some key areas to focus on will be discussed on Friday’s session. The primary areas to focus in my eyes would be the labs within github that mirror the Microsoft Official Course content. I also recommend practicing the following:

For AZ-300/303:

For AZ-301/304:

These topics will be covered in my Cloud Lunch and Learn session on Friday, July 31, 2020. The recording will be located on the Cloud Lunch and Learn YouTube channel

Additional links to assist in initial preparation include:

Cloud Lunch and Learn github

Build5Nines self-assessment tools:

Microsoft Learn: AZ-300 and AZ-301 on-demand training

AZ-303 labs on github:

AZ-304 labs on github:

Azure Greg posts Microsoft Docs links for every exam objective here: Gregor Suttie github

Pixel Robots is a helpful source of information, especially for AKS: