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Admin Certification 201

Just failed my Admin 201 test. I'm so angry and frustrated. I took a ton of practice tests and did well on them. The actual test was nothing like the practice test. The actual test was ridiculously vague.  Anyway, does anyone know where I can find practice tests that are actually up-to-date? Any suggestions on how to study that doesn't cost a billion dollars? I'm just super frustrated and angry right now. Thanks for the help. 
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Shayne,

First of all, I understand that you feel bad on failing the certification, but at the same time believe and understand that its not the worst and that, it has not only happened to you but hundreds of developers / admins out there. So, don't get frustrated, gather yourself up and will help you with some pointers to help you get certified.

Here's your game plan. 
  1. Understand your areas of strength and weakness: At the end of a certification exam, Salesforce provides a breakup of how you did in the various areas / topics included as a part of the certification exam. Use this evaluation report as a tool to prepare for the exam. Any easire way to do this, is to list down all the topics for exam from the study guide and use a scoring meachanism of 1 to 3 where 1 = Not Aware, 2 = Know it somewhat but requires study, 3 = I know it well. Then focus on the Ones and Twos and then the threes.
  2. Be hands on: Taking a certification does not necessarily always prove your capability to deliver a Salesforce implementation. Don't get this otherwise, neither am I trying to devalue the certifications nor question the ability of certified Salesforce champions with certifications. This is a general observation that I have over the years of my implementaiton experience with Salesforce. Hence, if you have no handson experience with Salesforce, I would recommend having atleast 6 months of handson before you attempt the certification.
  3. Prepare a study plan and study hard: Taking a Salesforce certification can be compared to taking any other school test and where you need to study hard for it and maybe memorize certain specific thigns if required. The handson experience may give you the edge, but YOU WILL NEED TO STUDY !!
  4. Read the Study Guide: Read the Admin Certification Study Guide well to understand the weightage of different topics. This plays an important role in your preparation and focus on topics with higher weightage first to cover the maximum possibele topics.
  5. Moreover, if your organization has a Salesforce Partner Training access, take the following self paced course - Preparing for Your Salesforce Administrator Certification which gives detaila about the what, who, whys and hows about the Admin certification exam.
  6. Take time to read through the amazing blogs by some of the people from the Salesforce community who taken the certification exam like me and have shared their experience
    1. http://www.merivisblog.com/study-salesforce-admin-exam/
    2. http://www.salesforceben.com/certified-admin-mock-exam/
    3. https://jenwlee.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/salesforce-administer-exam-preparation-exam-taking-strategy/
    4. https://www.adminhero.com/beginners-guide-to-salesforce-certification/
  7. Take Practice Exams: Refer to the following mock exam preparation content for the certification. I have personally refererred these durign my certification and found them quite reliable.
    • https://quizlet.com/149448734/salesforce-administrator-exam-flash-cards/
    • http://focusonforce.com/salesforce-adm-201-exam-questions/
    • http://www.certifiedforce.com/sample-questions/administrator-quiz-1
Hope that helps. I can share my certification study notes with you if you need. Just email me at jigar189@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you once you clear your certification. Cheers!!

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jigarshahjigarshah
Shayne,

First of all, I understand that you feel bad on failing the certification, but at the same time believe and understand that its not the worst and that, it has not only happened to you but hundreds of developers / admins out there. So, don't get frustrated, gather yourself up and will help you with some pointers to help you get certified.

Here's your game plan. 
  1. Understand your areas of strength and weakness: At the end of a certification exam, Salesforce provides a breakup of how you did in the various areas / topics included as a part of the certification exam. Use this evaluation report as a tool to prepare for the exam. Any easire way to do this, is to list down all the topics for exam from the study guide and use a scoring meachanism of 1 to 3 where 1 = Not Aware, 2 = Know it somewhat but requires study, 3 = I know it well. Then focus on the Ones and Twos and then the threes.
  2. Be hands on: Taking a certification does not necessarily always prove your capability to deliver a Salesforce implementation. Don't get this otherwise, neither am I trying to devalue the certifications nor question the ability of certified Salesforce champions with certifications. This is a general observation that I have over the years of my implementaiton experience with Salesforce. Hence, if you have no handson experience with Salesforce, I would recommend having atleast 6 months of handson before you attempt the certification.
  3. Prepare a study plan and study hard: Taking a Salesforce certification can be compared to taking any other school test and where you need to study hard for it and maybe memorize certain specific thigns if required. The handson experience may give you the edge, but YOU WILL NEED TO STUDY !!
  4. Read the Study Guide: Read the Admin Certification Study Guide well to understand the weightage of different topics. This plays an important role in your preparation and focus on topics with higher weightage first to cover the maximum possibele topics.
  5. Moreover, if your organization has a Salesforce Partner Training access, take the following self paced course - Preparing for Your Salesforce Administrator Certification which gives detaila about the what, who, whys and hows about the Admin certification exam.
  6. Take time to read through the amazing blogs by some of the people from the Salesforce community who taken the certification exam like me and have shared their experience
    1. http://www.merivisblog.com/study-salesforce-admin-exam/
    2. http://www.salesforceben.com/certified-admin-mock-exam/
    3. https://jenwlee.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/salesforce-administer-exam-preparation-exam-taking-strategy/
    4. https://www.adminhero.com/beginners-guide-to-salesforce-certification/
  7. Take Practice Exams: Refer to the following mock exam preparation content for the certification. I have personally refererred these durign my certification and found them quite reliable.
    • https://quizlet.com/149448734/salesforce-administrator-exam-flash-cards/
    • http://focusonforce.com/salesforce-adm-201-exam-questions/
    • http://www.certifiedforce.com/sample-questions/administrator-quiz-1
Hope that helps. I can share my certification study notes with you if you need. Just email me at jigar189@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you once you clear your certification. Cheers!!

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Shayne Hudson 15Shayne Hudson 15
I wanted to say thank you very much!  I know it's not the end of the world. I did study and I just thought I was prepared. I've been a SalesForce Admin for a year. Part of the problem is that my company is a non-profit university and we don't use things like price books, products, currency, leads ha ha. Many things the test asks about.  I just thought I was prepared, but I was wrong. I'll keep studying, and again thank you very very much for the help! 

Any courses I can buy to help with my study? Has anyone used the SalesForce Admin Certification course from Udemy? 
jigarshahjigarshah
I am aware that the Admin Course from Udemy taught by Mike Wheeler is very effective though I have never tried it personally. You can give it a shot and it has some discounts going on because of the festive season. Please mark this thread as SOLVED and answer as the BEST ANSWER if it helps address your issue. Regards Jigar Shah
Patrick Trevenen 3Patrick Trevenen 3
Nice Write up.  I mean, I failed my first exam too, 
Patrick TrevenenPatrick Trevenen
It happens more than anyone thinks because you do all the trails and practice tests and still fail.  I failed more than once, but what you can do is Join a User Group in your area( Or start one).  This will allow you to find other SF people that will keep you going.  Also, find a Mentor, who can help you study, finally the best thing I did for this exam was I went back to the study guide and I created a New Org, then I did every bullet point in that org based on the exam guide.  And I did it about 2 days out from the exam.  That seemed to help a lot.  

The other thing to do is with the practice questions that you struggle with, do them in a separate org, where you can work out the answer.
Shayne Hudson 15Shayne Hudson 15
Thanks so much!
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The best advice I can tell you is this, Now that you have had some time to allow your emotions to settle.  Sign up for a new developer org and then go through the exam guide; line by line and do each of the line items in your new org by scratch with no notes.  If you can do that, then you will pass.
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