Just before Thanksgiving, I took and passed the Microsoft exam 77-419 to get my Microsoft Office Specialist: SharePoint 2013 certification.
Although I can’t share any details about the test, I thought I would write up some thoughts to help others pass the exam. Keep in mind that Microsoft varies the test for each taker, so my experience may be different from yours.
General test structure
- The 77-419 test is timed at 50 minutes. I finished it in about 15 minutes and then spent 5 minutes double checking some answers.
- My testing center charged $115 to take the test or $155 for the test with one free retake.
- Most of the questions were exercises that had to be accomplished in a simulation of the program. Microsoft has examples of question formats and other good test prep information at this link.
- The test is entirely computer based. Upon submitting the exam, you’ll immediately know if you passed.
MS Exam 77-419 isn’t that tough
Microsoft describes the test on this page. I spent evenings for a couple of weeks reading through all of the links on that page. It was good to learn all of that information, but most of it wasn’t required for the test.
For example, the description said that “Configure and consume site search results” would take up 15 – 20% of the test. It linked to this page on transforming queries and configuring search web parts, but the test did not cover any of the technical aspects of search. It covered search from a user perspective, i.e. how to narrow down search results, but there was nothing about transforming queries etc. You don’t need to know jiu-jitsu- just how to push.
What does 77-419 cover?
I would say the test does an accurate job of gauging proficiency in site owner level skills. You need to know how to add, edit, and manipulate sites, pages, web parts and content. You need to know MySites and its sharing features. You need to know permissions, content types, site columns, document sets, and other essential functionality.
Why get the MOS SharePoint 2013 Certification
Microsoft offers a few certifications in SharePoint, most of which are technical. The MOS SharePoint 2013 test is designed for SharePoint site owners who need to demonstrate their knowledge with creating SharePoint sub-sites and pages and managing access to that content.
I debated getting this certification for a while, but decided that it does provide some credibility and studying for the test would be useful. It was my first test in 11 years- since college.