Took the Tableau Certified Data Analyst Beta Exam today with PearsonVue. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a link to the exam home page.
The only snag in the check-in process was that I received an error message when I was trying to start the exam, indicating I needed to shut down some background applications. I had no problem running the virtual machine – it was provisioned quickly with no help from the proctors.
It’s 70 questions, 13 of which are lab, so it takes a long time. I finished with just 30 minutes left.
All but one of the lab questions were very straightforward.
Tableau Server, Tableau Online, and Tableau Prep are mentioned in the curriculum, but in my opinion, it is not necessary to have access to these paid products to do well on the exam. This is a big deal because I worried that Tableau would be doing a SAS and telling those who want to learn the tool, “sorry, you can’t since you don’t have a license.” I think you can prepare very well for this exam using Tableau Public, though you should study a few Tableau Server/Tableau Online features (alerts, subscriptions, extract refreshes, publishing data sources).
The thing I hate about this exam format is that sometimes you feel you are being quizzed on GUI trivia. Part of the point of a GUI is that you don’t need to remember every detail! When you’re using Tableau, you work based on the context.
It’s annoying that you don’t find out whether you pass after you take the exam. Here’s what I see now on the Pearson site:
The delay is likely caused by the Lab is checked by a person rather than by an automated process… another reason to prefer the previous format.
I like the fact that they’re testing Tableau Server and Tableau Online. After all, in a corporate environment, you’ll often want to publish from Tableau Desktop to either Tableau Server or Tableau Online. But I wish they’d find a way to open up access to some sort of sandbox so that folks who don’t work for companies that use Tableau and don’t want to pony up for an $840 per year license had a way to experience the Tableau Server and Tableau Online features. Failing that, if only someone would record some great videos showing the features.
That’s it for now! I’ll post again when Pearson tells me whether I passed. I’m hustling to update my Udemy courses for the new Pearson Tableau certifications.