Last month, I cleared the exam DP 100 -Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure. This exam applies knowledge of data science and machine learning to implement and run machine learning workloads on Azure, in particular, using Azure Machine Learning Service. This entails planning and creating a suitable working environment for data science workloads on Azure, running data experiments and training predictive models, managing and optimizing models, and deploying machine learning models into production.
In this article, I want to share tips to conquer this exam:
A. Your Bible — DP 100 LEARNING PATH
This is the most crucial step in your preparation for this exam, so make sure you understand the concepts and practice with labs.
The learning path to DP100 is divided into three modules. In layman terms, you need to gain expertise in each skillset (and thoroughly so) to become certified. Good news? You can focus all your energy on learning these three modules, from start to finish.
a. Creating Azure Machine Learning Modules,
b. Create no-code predictive models with Azure Machine Learning
c. Build AI solutions with Azure Machine Learning
Important, Don’t skip this step — DP 100 will assess your working knowledge about building Machine learning models on Azure. Make sure you complete the labs as part of the learning path, and you can find the consolidated list of the labs in this public repository: MicrosoftLearning/DP100: Labs for Course DP-100: Designing and Implementing Data Science Solutions on Microsoft Azure (github.com)
B. Practice with MeasureUP
Like any other competitive examination, this one has a few mock tests you can practice with before finally appearing for the exam; being placed in the same situation and feeling the same amount of pressure before the actual exam inculcates confidence and self-analytical capacity.
I took MeasureUp’s exams for practice. These practice tests are reputed for their innovative use of simulation question types, comprehensive explanations, 360-degree coverage of exam objectives, multiple delivery modes, and in-depth reporting.
These tests are designed to give you an accurate estimation of your readiness to appear for the final exam. Not just that, they guide you on which skills need improvement and which ones you’re doing fine on.
Final Words Of Advice -- Confidence is key.
Feel confident about your preparation, and then book a date for the exam — not the other way around. I think I speak for all of us when I say the only good thing about this pandemic is that it’s letting all of us take our own sweet time. Point your study schedule towards feeling prepared, not towards a deadline. Don’t get hassled, and trust your instincts.
This is the DP-100 exam.
Good luck, keep learning and stay tuned for more on what I’m up to during quarantine.