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Tim’s MCSE Journey: 70-332, Part 1

Editor’s Note: CBT Nuggets trainer Tim Warner is taking the exams required for MCSE certification for both Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012. When all is said and done, he will have taken five exams in five weeks! Tim is blogging about his experiences and providing valuable insight and advice for other potential test-takers. Here’s part 1 of his second blog post of the series.

Hey, what’s poppin’? I’m here to give you a review of Exam 70-332, Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. This test is the bookend to Exam 70-331, which I reviewed in a previous CBT Nuggets blog post.tim_blogpost_BLOG

The skill set here is heavily skewed toward SharePoint upgrade, disaster recovery, and other special purpose applications. To that end, let me summarize the exam content domains for you here:

  • Plan Business Continuity Management: This exam includes many, many questions on all aspects of SharePoint backup and restore. Believe it or not, you need to remember the old stsadm parameters for this test!
  • Plan a SharePoint Environment: You’ll be asked about device channels and supporting mobile clients, configuring and tweaking enterprise search, and lots of content regarding eDiscovery.
  • Upgrade and Migrate a SharePoint Environment: This exam focuses heavily on the SharePoint “upgrade” process, including how you can preserve customizations, and test your content databases prior to deploying them in the new farm.
  • Create and Configure Service Applications: If you walk into this exam without a detailed understanding of a few services applications (Search, BCS, Secure Store in particular), you will fail. You need to know a bit about every single search application included in SharePoint Server 2013.
  • Manage SharePoint Solutions, BI, and Systems Integration: You’ll be asked several detailed questions on SQL Server integration with SharePoint, Office Web Apps, and Project Server. You need to have hands-on time with these technologies before you take this exam, trust me.

Due to the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) that every Microsoft test-taker needs to affirm before they start their exam, I will be a bit vague in providing exam details. However, you should be able to read between the lines and equip yourself for exam success without too much extra effort.

With that, let’s jump into 70-332!

70-332 Exam Metadata

You register for your 70-332 (as you do all Microsoft certification exams) through the Microsoft portal at The registration fee is $150 USD, and is non-refundable and per-attempt. Be on the lookout for the exam discounts and special offers that Microsoft periodically hands out to candidates; they are a good deal!

If you’ve already taken and passed the 70-331 exam, then you already know the drill: we’re talking about approximately 5 case studies with approximately 5 questions apiece, and a bank of 25 or so standalone questions that are not associated with any particular case. The net result is that you face approximately 50 questions in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Rather than explain how the case study exam and interactive item formats work, I will simply refer you to my 70-331 write-up (read part 1 here, part 2 here), which provides you with all those details.

Frankly, the presence of the bank of “loose” questions is a bit of a head scratcher. Perhaps they were once attached to one of the cases, but for whatever reason Microsoft removed them and put them in a stand-alone category.

Up next: Tim shares content strategies and some final thoughts about the 70-332 exam.


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