I finally got around to sitting the Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam (70-533) this week. This is how it went.
My exam was scheduled for 9:15 AM. I showed up at 9:00 AM, signed in, and was promptly taken back to the testing area. After answering all of the “pre-test” survey questions, the screen informed me that my test would be 42 questions and that I would have 120 minutes to complete it. I clicked “Begin Test” and it was “game on”.
The first five or six questions (all on SQL retention policies) set the tone for what would be a long morning. I was sure that this was going to be the first exam that I failed in over 15 years – and I was only 10 minutes in! Over the next 110 minutes, I would encounter a solid mix of multiple choice questions and well as lots of drag and drop questions. The collection of questions I encountered covered the 70-533 material pretty well, with a heavy focus on ARM templates and PowerShell commands. Luckily, I worked with both quite a bit in my own lab environment as I prepped for the exam.
At about the halfway mark, I was starting to feel a little better about my prospects but still felt like I had to run the table to pass the exam – a daunting task, indeed. The proctor had to be amused by my antics as I sat in the testing room alone, talking aloud to myself, shaking my head in disbelief, and looking agitated as I worked through each question, marking those that I felt I might want to go back to later.