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Anyone else gave up on 70-347 (MCSA Office 365)

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  • I am just wondering if I am the only one in this situation. I have attempted the exam for the fourth time last week and got 665. My previous attempt was 648. I have to say that at the end, there was only about 4 questions where I wasn't 100% sure. I am fairly certain I got a solid 90-95% on my last two attempts.

    To give you a bit of background, I've been working with Office 365 for over 5 years (from the time it was called BPOS). I had several years of experience supporting Exchange and SharePoint before that. I've taken part in countless Office 365 migrations. I trained several groups on how to support Office 365. I'm familiar with Office 365 cmdlets as I use them daily to resolve problems or generate reports.

    In my last attempt, I did not get any new questions so there was not any surprises. My only worry is that there is a good amount of questions where you have to put certain actions in order and there always seem to be two that could interchangeably go in first in second without any effect on the solution. So no amount of study will actually tell me in which order they decided to go with. I also did get a question where none of the scripts offered actually worked but I did find afterwards the TechNet blog on which the script was offered as a solution. It made sense but it was trying to pipe some data from one cmdlet into another that won't accept the format.

    There are a few instances where you see that some questions were taken from various blogs where the solutions are either outdated, wrong or needlessly complicated. That kind of tells me that whoever put the question together know probably a lot less than myself. I would bet good money that many of the questions are broken.

    There is also the fact that I always score about 50-60% in SharePoint online which is stupidly easy. There are only a handful of cmdlets and I know the syntax by heart. There are only 2 relevant administration roles. I remember all the SharePoint related questions and I'm fairly certain I got 100% of them right.

    Doing some research on the internet, I can find only a handful of individuals who stated they passed the test. Has anyone had any luck with this one and if so, did you have a similar experience?

    Thursday, March 3, 2016 4:12 PM

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  • I know it can be frustrating when you don't pass an exam, especially if you are strong on the technology. I have a buddy that is in your same boat. He took it 3 times and failed each time. And he works with the technologies as part of his job, like you.

    I can tell you that this is a tough test.  But, with the right preparation, I think you can pass it.

    Here is how I approach exams:

    • Even if I am an expert in a technology, I study for every exam.  I buy books.  I print out the exam OD and go through it and make sure I'm solid across the board.  I deploy every technology in my home lab and make sure I've seen and played with the latest versions. For Office 365 exams, most admins are familiar with 1 or 2 of the technologies. For example, they might be Exchange guys that have also done a bit of Lync/Skype for Business. But they don't know SharePoint that much. Or the other way around. In such cases, you need to spend the most time on the areas where you are weakest. You may have already done that. But my main point here is that you can't expect to walk in off the street and pass the exam. Some people can. But most can't.  BTW - the only exception for me is the beta exams.  There usually isn't time or material to do much studying.  But I will usually allocate a couple of hours to whatever I can find.  For other exams, I'll spent more time.
    • If I fail an exam, I immediately go out to my car and turn on my voice recorder and talk through the areas that were confusing or tough. Later, I use the voice recording to help me know where to look, what to study, what to review, etc. Due to exam NDA, you can't share any of that with anybody. But you can use it privately to help you study. If you don't do this, it can be tough to remember the specifics and details a few days later. And those specifics and details are likely what is tripping you up.
    • Mark items during the exam.  If you come across a question where the answer isn't obvious or you think there could be more than one answer or one way to solve it, mark the item on the exam and then review it later, after you've finished the exam (but before you end the exam).  Sometimes, a later question will refresh your memory or give you an idea to help with an earlier marked item.  And, sometimes, just stepping away from a scenario for a few minutes may help alter your thinking.  If you come back to such an item and it is still not quite right, make a note of the details on your dry erase board.  Then, when the exam has ended, you can comment on the item so that Microsoft can review your comments.  Do this whenever you think an item is invalid, incorrect, confusing, etc.  Microsoft actually reviews every single comment.  And they will make adjustments.  But, with that said, an exam like this that has been out for a while has been taken a ton of times.  Tons of comments have come through.  I suspect it is probably pretty clean by now but you may be able to find one or two and that may be all you need to go from 665 to 700 (passing).
    • Go through the authorized practice test questions.  Most of them are easier than the real exam.  So, make sure you are hitting 90% or 95% to know when you are ready.  This will cost you $100 but that will certainly be worth it if it helps you.  See http://www.mindhub.com/Enabling-Office-365-Services-p/mu-70-347_p.htm for more info.
    • Check out the study group.  There are some links to study material and you can get in touch with others that are preparing for the exam.  See https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/certification/server/f/591/t/324377 for more info.

    Spend about 15 or so hours preparing for your next attempt.  That is about what I would do in your situation.  Anything less is a bit risky.  Good luck - let me know when you plan to retake!

    Brian

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 3:55 AM
  • Hi, Sebastien.

    This happened to me.

    I tried passing a Microsoft exam last fall and got a score of 542. When I retook the exam in January, I got the exact same score. I thought there was something wrong with the exam. I mean, what are the odds of getting the exact same score twice?

    However, I went back and re-studied the topics with fresh eyes, dug further into some of the topics, I realized that some of the answers I assumed were correct - simply were not! I had the wrong answers assumed correct for a few of the questions. Once I changed a few of the answers, I passed the exam in February.

    You are really close to passing it. I'm sure there are a few answers you are incorrectly selecting because you are missing some of minor context in the body of the question. Take a fresh approach with studying and retaking this exam.

    Practice exams such as Transcender or MeasureUp would be helpful but you are really close to passing this exam. Perhaps just invest in the cheaper 30-day access to help you pass.

    Besides Brian's links, here is another forum post that I though was helpful. However, I suspect you've already been here:
    https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/8ce8f675-5498-4d5b-a040-53b3f7a87f8f/microsoft-70347-exam?forum=CertGeneral

    As well, check out these additional 70-347 study guides that I found. This exam must be tough for so many study guides to pop up on the web!

    Ed Baker's Blog
    http://ed-baker.com/office-365-mcsa-70-347-study-guide/

    Cayosoft Study Guide
    https://www.cayosoft.com/study-guide-microsoft-certification-exam-70-347-enabling-office-365-services/

    TechEd Video Exam Prep for 70-436 & 70-437
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SKvVU2Fz10

    Anders Eide Blog
    https://anderseideblog.wordpress.com/reading-lists/ms-exam-70-347-enabling-office-365-services/

    One guy said he passed the 70-347 exam with an 899, thanks to Anders Eide's blog
    https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c6974b45-634c-48e1-8379-47e45be68990/certsbuscom-can-i-trust-that-site?forum=CertGeneral

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Friday, March 25, 2016 1:27 PM
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  • Hi,


    this one is tricky, because it is a mix of everything. I´ve study for this exam on the Technet site. Passed with 778 points. Just use the guidelines provided by Microsoft (skills measured) and google it. And yeah you need to have some luck with the questions. There are lots of questions online (lots of answers are wrong), but it helps just to see the form of the questions.

    Like this site:

    http://www.aiotestking.com/microsoft/category/exam-70-347-enabling-office-365-services/

    Hope it helps.

    Thursday, March 31, 2016 6:56 AM
  • Hi,

    Try http://online.platformscholar.com/collections He is great !!!! 

    I studied with him for 70-346 and I passed, now ill start for 70-347.

    He is very good teacher and explains very good in his videos.

    I totally recommend him plus read some documentation and do some practise test, I think 70-347 will be more difficult, but In the preparation 70-346 I spend 3 weeks studying every day like 5 hours minimum last week before the exam was like 7-10 hours.

    I hope it helps and let us know if you took it again and passed it :D.

    Thursday, October 5, 2017 10:31 AM