Preparing for 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

I recently passed the exam 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions so thought I would share a few preparation materials here. From reading the exam blueprint you will notice a certain amount of crossover with 70-533, so a fair amount of the resources I used for that exam are also relevant. See my page here for info on that one: http://www.jonathanmedd.net/2017/03/preparing-for-70-533-implementing-microsoft-azure-infrastructure-solutions.html

In addition for this exam I used the excellent 70-532 preparation course from Scott Duffy on Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/70532-azure/learn/v4/overview  Not only does it have excellent content, but it appears that Scott updates it on a regular basis. Even during the 3 – 4 weeks I was using the course there were updates and new information coming through from Scott which was really helpful. It’s also often available for an excellent price on Udemy, I managed to pick it up for £10.

Scott also has a set of practice questions available on the same site. Split into 3 tests, there are currently 150 questions. I managed to also pick these up for £10 and found them useful as part of the preparation.

BTW watch out since as of 12th October 2017 there are some changes to the 70-532 exam, Scott has some info on that here. By chance I happened to have mine scheduled for 10th October so I’m unable to comment on whether those changes have filtered through yet.

After completing the above I still had a week or so left to prepare for the exam so I picked up some practice questions from Measureup. These were a bit more pricey at £70 for 30 days access and while useful, they felt a little out of date. The biggest thing I got out of them was the realisation that there might be a fair bit of C# tested in this exam and that turned out to be the case.

While C# is not specifically called out in  the objectives, it turns out that kind of like being comfortable with PowerShell is really required for the 70-533, being the same with C# is needed for the 70-532. At a minimum I would say being familiar with how it’s laid out, having a reasonable idea of what a code section might do and picking out what might be missing from a list of choices would be a good idea.

Finally I watched a session recorded at Ignite 2016: Cert Exam Prep: Exam 70-532: Developing Azure Solutions which had a few good tips for this exam.

Good luck if you are taking it yourself!

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