Microsoft exam 70-480 is one of the first exams a .NET web developer faces in their career and hopefully with this blog post I’ll make it a bit easier for you to pass it on your first attempt if you haven’t sat it or to finally take the bull by the horns.

Tip 1: Know the topics covered in the exam

If you start with this one you can pat yourself on the back now!. By doing your research and knowing what skills you need to master before you start studying for the exam you will be able to have a better planning and a better outcome.

The topics for the 70-480 exam can be found here, make sure you have a thorough read and don’t worry if you don’t understand some of its content. it will start to make sense once you spend some time studying and practicing

Tip 2: Make your game plan

Now that you know what topics may be asked during the exam you can start planning which ones you’re going to study first and how long you honestly think it’s going to take you to review/study the theory plus the amount of time you will spend practicing it.

Tip 3: Get this Microsoft training guide

Why this training guide? Firstly because it covers most topics of the exam and secondly because it is laid in a way that makes learning easier, you start with the easy stuff and progress towards more complicated things (I followed it chapter by chapter and as I was doing ALL the exercises in the book and finishing the chapters I could simply cross-out those items/topics from the ‘to be studied’ list).

Tip 4: Watch videos on your way to work / school / Uni

Rather than spending your valuable time checking your facebook on your daily commute, download a few videos from Youtube (or Microsoft Virtual Academy, Pluralsight, Udemy etc etc) about the new HTML5 APIs, or CSS3, or Javascript etc. Make sure you watch the same videos a couple of times and once you have access to your computer put all that into practice. You will be amazed how fast you learn / grasp knowledge by watching and then doing.

Tip 5: Create a small project

This is the best part for me because you get to choose a fun project to work on and you can practice the really cool things you have been learning so far (you can manipulate the DOM and make objects fade in/fade out or get a user’s position by using the HTML5 Geolocation API, etc, etc), think about it, the sky is the limit!

6. Do a couple of practice tests

You have a few options to know if you are almost ready to sit this exam, one is to pay around $200 (AUD) for the real exam and give it a go (there are always deals to have a second shot free or charge), alternatively you can buy a practice exam for about half that price (or you can always ask Google for a cheaper option !).

Regardless of your choice make sure you do at least one practice test so you get the feeling of what the test is like, the timing involved and whether you need to go back and review some items.

Do you know any other topics that can help devs sitting this or any other exam? I’d love to hear them and add them to this list !.