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70-463

Discussion in 'SQL Exams' started by Kala, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. Kala

    Kala New Member

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    My work wants me to take a 5 day course on Implementing a Data Warehouse and then take the 70-463 exam and pass it. I know how to write SQL queries and I have basic SSIS skills. I am very good at figuring out how to get things done that need to get done, but my general knowledge is very basic. I cannot imagine that I can learn enough in 5 days to pass this exam. Does anyone have any advice?
     
  2. EagerDinosaur

    EagerDinosaur New Member

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    I thought that 463 was fairly difficult, but not as difficult as some MS exams. It basically covers data warehouse design and SSIS features. I passed it just using the Microsoft training book, but it took me about 100 hours of study and practice. I passed 461 and 462 beforehand, which probably helped a bit. If the course is classroom-based, and the instructor has passed the exam and focuses on what's necessary to pass it, I would say it is possible (but a significant challenge). I recommend buying the Microsoft book and at least skimming it beforehand.
     
  3. EagerDinosaur

    EagerDinosaur New Member

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    You might also want to ask your employer to purchase a "Booster Pack" for 463 from Microsoft, which will allow you to retake the exam up to 4 times within 12 months if you don't pass first time. That's not much more expensive than sitting the exam once, and will only cost about 10% of the cost of the course. I'm a bit uncomfortable about Microsoft's permissive retake policy, but the exam does change a lot between sittings, and your employer is putting a lot of pressure on you.
     
  4. Kala

    Kala New Member

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    Thank you for your response and advice. I agree, it is a lot of pressure. I would like to take the course, but am not confident it will prepare me enough to pass the exam and I have never taken an exam until I felt confident I could pass it. I haven't been told what will happen if I do not pass it (I have asked). Is the Microsoft book you're referring to the "training kit"?
     
  5. EagerDinosaur

    EagerDinosaur New Member

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    Yes, it's the 463 Training Kit book I was thinking of.
     

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