I hold a few Salesforce certifications at this point (Advanced Administrator, Developer [Advanced any day now], Sales Cloud Consultant and Service Cloud Consultant). So every few months, like many of you, I have to take the newest release exams from Salesforce. Salesforce will request that you take the exams, then insist, then nag, and finally threaten expiry.
Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about the frequent releases, as well as the requirement for those certified to stay up-to-date on the product. However, sometimes I just don’t have the time! Even so, I’ve never failed a release exam in the 3 years (since June, 2010) that I’ve held the certifications. It’s not rocket surgery. I’ve had a few people ask me what I do to prepare, and this is what I tell them.
If you’re living and breathing bleeding edge Salesforce, it should be very easy to spot the new features and go into the release exams without any preparation, and ace the exam. I’m guessing you wouldn’t be asking for my help if this were the case.
Since you’re still here, I’m guessing you’re likely going to encounter a few things on the release exam that are new to you. Consider each of the following resources (Winter ’13 links provided, since that’s the release exam
that was on the brink of expiring I most recently completed):
- First and foremost, the release training. There’s typically 5+ flash slide decks which detail each of the new features in this release. These videos are linked from the main release page. Over 80% of the questions on the exam will be verbatim on these slides — typically in the “summary” slides.
- Next, the release notes. I’d say half of the items you can’t find in the release training will be in the release notes. The notes are also linked from the main release page.
- Finally, have your Developer Edition org logged in and ready to test. For the last resorts, it’s always handy to just “try it.”