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MCSE Business Intelligence Certification

MCSE or Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert has always been one of the top certification in IT industry.  MCSE used to be primarily for developers when it used to stand for "Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer".

Microsoft brought back MCSE certification back in 2012 with totally new programs in reaction to shifting IT industry.  I am currently pursuing MCSE BI, and would like to share information as I start gathering background information.

So who should be thinking about getting certified as MCSE BI?

The MCSE: Business Intelligence certification validates your ability to work in the Business Intelligence Developer role to create analysis and reporting solutions on the SQL Server 2012 platform. Recently, Microsoft also added new material relating to new features added to SQL Server 2012 even though the test name and number has not been updated.

  • Implement reporting solutions by using SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Implementing multidimensional databases by using SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Creating tabular semantic data models for analysis by using SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Create visualizations of data by using Power View
  • Create data mining solutions by using SQL Server Analysis Services
There are five exams you must pass in order to be certified, and they are:
  • 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

The first three exams from the list above will get you MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) for SQL server.

As far as what score you need to get to pass the exam, Microsoft provided this explanation:
All MCSA, MCSE, and MSCD exams are scaled such that the passing score is 700. Any score of 700 or greater is a "pass." Any score below 700 is a "fail." The actual number of items you need to answer correctly in order to pass is determined by a group of subject-matter experts in conjunction with Microsoft’s psychometrician. The passing score is based on the knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate competence in the skill domain and the difficulty of the questions that are delivered to a candidate.
The highest point you can score is somewhere around 1,000, but it does not mean 700 is 70% correctly answered on the test.  First of all, some questions on the exam may not be included in the calculation of your score. Microsoft will not inform candidates as to which questions are unscored; as a result, you should answer every question as if it will be scored.

Also, there is no penalty for guessing, so plan on answering every question.  My guess is that you want to be able to get 80% or higher on practice tests to be relatively safe on the real exam.

Stay tuned for more update as I gather more tips and insights into MCSE BI certification.
MCSE Business Intelligence Certification Reviewed by Brandon on Sunday, February 15, 2015 Rating: 5

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