Watching videos on PartnerSource and reading notes are great ways to learn the material you need to pass your exams. But it can be boring. For certain exams there are days of videos to watch, rather than hours (see MB2-718).

I recently passed 3 exams on Microsoft Dynamics 365. I learnt a lot about the software, and I learnt a lot about how to revise. Here's how I did it.

 

Step by step

Step 1 read through the skills measured section of the exam page. This bullet points exactly what you need to know.

Step 2 find your sources. These should be videos from PartnerSource and blog posts. Neil Parkhurst's blog is a fantastic example of someone who's documented their learning for your benefit.

Step 3 take notes. This stops your mind from wandering and keeps you engaged with the material you're watching and reading.

Step 4 create your own practice exam.

If you turn your notes into multiple choice questions, they can be fed into an exam simulator. This has the benefits of:

  • being in the same format as the exam itself
  • allowing you to learn visually
  • being interactive and responsive

I've written a very basic exam console which you can download from GitHub. Here it is in action:

It works by feeding in a .json file, which you can simply create from your notes. The file should be formatted as follows:

[
    {
        "index": 1,
        "text": "What colour is the sky?",
        "answers": [{
                "index": "a",
                "text": "Red",
                "correct": false
            },
            {
                "index": "b",
                "text": "Blue",
                "correct": true
            },
            {
                "index": "c",
                "text": "Yellow",
                "correct": false
            }
        ]
    },
    {
        "index": 2,
        "text": "Do you prefer Dynamics 365 or Salesforce?",
        "answers": [{
                "index": "a",
                "text": "Dynamics 365",
                "correct": true
            },
            {
                "index": "b",
                "text": "Never heard of it",
                "correct": false
            }
        ]
    }
]

As an alternative, you may consider Florian Krönert's certification trainer: a well-documented, graphically stunning certification trainer. It too reads in a .json file and provides you with a multiple choice interface and feedback on your answers.

Best of luck with your exams.