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Chris Weis 6Chris Weis 6 

Failed the 201. What to Study Now?

A little background on me- I'm currently not a Salesforce Admin... I'm in a field unrealted to IT.  I'm trying to pass the Salesforce Certified Admin 201 test so that I may possibly get a job as a Jr Admin somewhere. I failed my 1st attempt at the 201 exam and am not confident enough at this point to take it again.  Since I don't have the luxury of having practical Admin experience, I've been learning on my own in Dev Orgs with online learning materials.  Here are the things I've studied/completed:
- SFDC Admin Trails (and other trails except developer)
- Focus on Force (Study Guide and 201 practice exams) http://focusonforce.com/
- Admin Zero to Hero http://www.adminhero.com/zero-hero/
- Udacity Salesforce Training: https://www.udacity.com/course/intro-to-point-click-app-development--ud162
- Salesforce Fundamentals https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.fundamentals.meta/fundamentals/
- Salesforce CRM Definitive Handbook: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Paul_Goodey_Salesforce_CRM?id=POfBGSjfaikC

I just discovered the "How to Be Successful with Salesforce" handbook, however it's over 5300 pages, so I'm wondering if diving into this is the right thing to do or if I'll just get lost in minutia.  Here's the link: http://resources.docs.salesforce.com/198/13/en-us/sfdc/pdf/sf.pdf

I completed the Admin Trails before any other training materials, so I'm going to re-do them in a new Dev Org to see if I retain more.

If there are any other study resources that will help me pass the 201, please let me know.  I understand that most Admins take this test after being on the job for several months, but I don't have that option as I don't think I'll be able to get an Admin job without being certified since I have no IT experience and no previous experience as an Admin .

Thanks,

Chris
James LoghryJames Loghry
Chris, sounds like you're studying the correct items and materials.  When you're going through the items on the study guide (http://certification.salesforce.com/SG_CertifiedAdministrator.pdf) and other blogs and materials, have a dev org open so you can go through the various materials and understand what's going on.

Inevitably, experience is the best teacher.  That's where Trailhead starts filling in the gaps for folks like yourself that don't have real world CRM experience.  I wish I had Trailhead when I first started.  I would go back through the Admin (and Salesforce CRM basics and other badges) and make sure you understand them thoroughly.

Also, now that you've already taken it once, you should know what to expect next time, so that should help.

If you're still nervous about passing the exam, also join the Certification Study Group in the success community (https://success.salesforce.com/_ui/core/chatter/groups/GroupProfilePage?g=0F9300000001pLJ) and hit up your local user group for advice.

 
JohnCoppedgeJohnCoppedge
Hey Chris - check out CertifiedOnDemand.com as well.  This article may help in terms of question analysis as well: https://certifiedondemand.com/nailing-the-gotcha-questions/
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Ignore all the overpriced Salesforce courses, and all the 20,000 page documents. Just go to Focus on Force pay the 19 bucks for the course and then the other 19 bucks for the practice exams and run through them.

A lot of people fail the first time around, just take it again. Salesforce probably makes a bunch of money just from all the resists.

Didn't Sebastian Vettel fail his driving test first time around?
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