Are you new to Microsoft Certification exams? You may try this!

Being a MCT for 14 years already (yes, turning to 15 years in Apr, 2022), I was asked by many students about the exams. Specially what types of the exam question types they will be. From my experience, the question types could be,

    1. Simple QA with 4/5 choice, only 1 could be the answer (radio button selection);
    2. Simple QA with 4/5 choice, multiple answers could be selected (checkbox group selection);
    3. Drag and drop the answers
      1. drag box from Values Area to a box in Answer Area;
      2. drag boxes from Values Area to Answer Area; (multiple answers);
    4. Drop down List in Answer Area;
    5. 3-4 questions in same scenario but with slightly difference in the answer (Note: you cannot go back to previous questions in this scenario once you pressed Next.);
    6. 1 big Scenario, all information and requirements listed in multiple tabs, multiple questions. (Note: you could go back and forth to view the questions again);

In the past, there are some “action taking” in a sim desktop and you have to click in order like doing it in your desktop under some exams for System Admin certifications. But I haven’t see this question type any more in Azure’s exam.

Are you still having “questions” on the question types? Cannot imagine how they look like in real?

Good News! Microsoft has build up a “exam sandbox” which allows you take an exam experience. Microsoft created this experience to provide you with an opportunity to experience the look and feel of the exam before you take it. In the sandbox, you will be able to interact with the different question types (e.g., build list, drag and drop, etc.) that are available in the actual user interface that you will navigate during the exam. In addition, this experience includes the same introductory screens, instructions, and question type help information that you will see on your exam as well as the non-disclosure agreement that you must agree to before launching the exam.

As a result, using this sandbox should better prepare you for the exam experience and increase your familiarity with the user interface, how to navigate between pages and questions, what actions are required to answer each of the different question types, where information about the exam is located (e.g., time remaining, questions remaining, etc.), how to mark questions for review, and how to leave comments.

Although the questions are not real certification questions, the sandbox mimics the exams look and feel so you can become familiar with it before you take an exam.

Keep in mind that while this experience is designed to familiarize you with the exam’s look and feel and how to navigate through it, the secure browser that will be launched during a real exam is not enabled in the sandbox. When enabled during the exam, it will block all third-party applications, including assistive devices if you have not received prior approval to use them; this is why you must request an accommodation if you would like to use one during your exam.

What are you waiting for? Give it a try now!!!

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