Friday, March 6, 2015

Tableau Desktop Certified Professional

Disclaimer:  This may be brag post

A goal I set for myself this year was to pass both the Tableau Desktop 8.0 Qualified Associate and Certified Professional exams. I’m happy to report that I've passed both of them!!  For those curious what each exam entails:

  Tableau Desktop Qualified Associate
  • Two hours
  • Multiple choice, response, and True/False questions
  • 30 knowledge based and 20 hands-on
  • Measures tool knowledge and usage
  Tableau Desktop Certified Professional
  • Three hours
  • Hands on building and analyzing dashboards
  • Measures understanding of dashboard and data visualization best practices
A preparation guide can be downloaded for each of the tests.  I highly recommend using them as your study guide; if you do, you shouldn't have a problem passing both exams.  As a self-taught Tableau user, the hardest part of the Qualified Associate exam was knowing the vocabulary.  Otherwise, with a few years of experience, the test was relatively easy.  The Certified Professional exam was another story.  It was a very intense three hours of frantic typing and viz building (tip – don’t drink any liquids during the exam, you’ll regret it after three hours!)  The exam provided a very unique situation that differs from the expectations of most people’s day jobs.  You’re rarely expected to create multiple full-featured dashboards in under two hours.  There are also multiple questions where you critique views and explain what’s good/bad about them and what you’d change.  The difficult aspect of those questions is getting a sense of how detailed you should be.  

Please post in the comments section if you’d like any advice on preparing for the exams.

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18 comments:

  1. Hi Stephen,

    For the professional exam, did you use just the preparation guide provided by Tableau?
    I will take the exam in a couple weeks, and Im using the guide to study...So, any advise would help a lot.

    Regards,
    Américo

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    1. Yes, I went through each bullet on the prep guide they provided. The Certified Professional exam focuses on whether you understand the principles behind effective data visualizations. You'll also have to build a few dashboards adhering to data viz best practices. Check out Stephen Few's website for guidance on effective design principles. Andy Kriebel maintains two sites that'll help with the critique section: http://www.datavizdoneright.com and http://vizwiz.blogspot.com/

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  3. I've written some extra practice questions for the Qualified Associate test. They can be found here: www.learningtableau.com

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    1. Thanks Lukas. Very good material!!.

      One question. The Quizes 16, 17, 18, 19, 29 are another quizes than those that are in your webpage www.learningtableau.com?

      Best Regards!!

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    2. Probably I didn't specify enought. The quizes 16, 17, 18, 19, 29 which i'm speaking, are listed in your UDEMY course "Tableau for Beginners - Get Certified Accelerate Your Career".

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  4. Hi Stephan,

    Thank you for the information. i have heard that the exam needs to be given on VM and the virtual machine lags makes you loose a lot of time. Did you face the same issue? How did you handle this ? Did you give the exam on MAC or windows laptop? TIA.

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    1. Yes, I encountered a heavy lag that impacted things when taking the Certified Professional exam. Keep a calm head when this happens and make slow/deliberate movements and/or use keyboard shortcuts when building the dashboards. I used a Windows laptop when doing this.

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  5. Hi .could you please help me in cracking the tableau Certification exam.Do you have any sample question or any sort of mockup on data connection which contains 15 marks.I heard most of the questions are from join where we need to use order and returns or sometime orders and managers.It would be great and I would remain thankful to you if you can help me on this

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  6. Hi .could you please help me in cracking the tableau Certification exam.Do you have any sample question or any sort of mockup on data connection which contains 15 marks.I heard most of the questions are from join where we need to use order and returns or sometime orders and managers.It would be great and I would remain thankful to you if you can help me on this

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  7. Hi Stephan, what were the total number of questions and section breakup for the certified professional exam?

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  8. Unfortunately, I can't recall the number of questions. I think it was like ~4 sections with a few questions within each that required a lot of dashboard building.

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  10. Hello all,

    Please share any material or sample questions for the certified professional test to sravanireddy24@gmail.com.

    Thanks.

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