I Sat the Azure 70-533 Exam Yesterday

Before I knew it, I was in for 90 minutes.  With 30 minutes on the clock, I had about a dozen questions left.  Luckily, the home stretch included several drag and drop PowerShell questions that I was able to breeze through, leaving me about 10 or 15 minutes to review the nine questions that I marked for review.

I went back through the questions that I marked and made just one change (an answer involving availability sets) and wasted no time clicking “End Exam”.  Despite how good I felt in the second half of the exam, I still thought that there was a better than 50/50 shot that I failed the exam.  The computer did its thing (for what seemed like hours) and then displayed my (surprising) results:

  • Congratulations!  You passed blah, blah, blah. 
  • Passing Score: 700
  • Your Score: 837

A pleasant surprise, to be sure.

As I sat there, waiting for the proctor to print my results page, I reviewed that availability set question on my dry-erase board that they gave me to use – and ultimately determined that I should have left my original answer as that was the correct answer.  That said, I still passed so I wasn’t too upset.  A PASS is A PASS.

Folks, the 70-533 exam is rather difficult.  Before taking this exam, make sure that you understand PowerShell syntax and ARM Syntax.  The exam that I sat was littered with questions on these topics.  If you can master my practice test and the Measure Up practice test, you should be good to go.

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Thomas Mitchell

Tom is a 20+ year veteran of the IT industry and carries numerous Microsoft certifications, including the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification. A Subject Matter Expert in Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange, Tom also possesses expert-level knowledge in several other IT disciplines, including Azure, Storage, and O365/Exchange Online. You can find Tom at his website, on LinkedIn, or on Facebook. Need to reach him by phone? Call 484-334-2790.