In this post I want to cover my route to passing the DP-500 exam again. Since I passed the exam over the weekend for a second time.
Writing my experience gives me a chance to provide some updated information relating to this certification.
Plus, share a bit of advice for those who have additional software installed to control webcam backgrounds. Since I encountered an interesting issue.
Note that since this post was first published Microsoft have announced that they are going to retire the DP-500 exam on the exam page. It will be replaced by the DP-600 exam which focuses on Microsoft Fabric.
You can read more about the retirement announcement in the Microsoft post about in-demand news for in-demand skills.
Passing the DP-500 exam again
I passed the beta version of the DP-500 exam some time ago which I covered in a previous post. However, I did not do the online certification renewal a while back because I had a number of commitments before my vacation a while back.
Which included multiple speaking engagements about different topics. Plus, I had a number of other exam renewals that I was due to do, which meant that I had to make a judgement call about which renewals to take.
Luckily, I was still able to do the majority of them before my vacation and decided to retake the DP-500 exam upon my return.
Which I was happy to do, because it gave me an excuse to go through the updated Microsoft Learn material for it. Since I had originally done the recommended material for the beta exam.
Because I had already gone through a lot of the material in the past, I opted for a slightly different approach this time around. I decided to go through the recommended Microsoft Learn documentation and the official practice tests by MeasureUp.
From there, I went to on to pass the exam and regain the Azure Enterprise Data Analyst certification.
Updated information relating to the DP-500 exam
I want to highlight some updates for this exam that have taken place since my other posts about certifications that I published earlier in the year. Including my post about recommended certifications for Power BI enthusiasts.
For a start, you can now view all the study guides for the exams in a nice format. For example, if you go to the study guide for the DP-500 exam the flow of the site has changed. Plus, you can select the study guides other exams easier now.
Another key point that I want to highlight about this exam is that the English version of it is due to change on August 24, 2023.
At a glance it looks like it is only minor changes. To be honest, I did wonder if Microsoft Fabric was going to be mentioned amongst the changes but no references to it as of yet.
Online exam advice
Recently, I installed some software to control the background of my webcam through all the different mediums. So that I could have a unified background across all the different applications that I use for meetings and presentations.
I encountered an issue due to this application which could have prevented me from taking the exam online. I tried to fix the issue by changing the settings and closing the application completely. Eventually I uninstalled the application which resolved the issue immediately.
Maybe there is a more graceful way to resolve the issue, but time was of the essence. Bear this in mind if you intend to do an online exam.
I hope that me sharing my experience about passing the DP-500 exam again helps some of you. Especially as far as the recent updates and the webcam issue are concerned.
Personally, I am really glad that I passed it again so soon after it expired.
Of course, if you have any comments or queries about this post feel free to reach out to me.