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Does anyone here have experience with Magento Solution Specialist exam? Past, present and future.

Everyone I speak to tells me I would definitely pass, but I think that is making it harder to take the plunge as it will be even more embarrassing if I fail!

I am currently gathering as much experience and knowledge on Magento to up my confidence before going for it.

If you have done it, or are planning to do it, I would love to know how you prepared, what you found helpful, how relevant the resources out there are and just generally how you found the exam?

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Thought I'd add my feedback to the mix based on my experience revising and passing the Solutions Specialist exam.

Below were my overall revision steps:

  1. Read through the study guide: https://magento.com/training/free-study-guide and take particular note of the areas tested. I highlighted areas that I felt where weaknesses for me (mainly the first section on non Magento related stuff) and set out to find more info
  2. Read through the supplementary guides like the Demac one Miguel linked: http://www.demacmedia.com/magento-commerce/magento-certified-solution-specialist-study-guide/. I also found this pretty handy: http://thedigitalpm.com/magento-solutions-specialist-exam/, especially the 'problem scenario' questions

    In regards to your comment on 'relevance' I did spot a couple of things I felt were wrong in these guides, go with your instincts on these (or check Magento to validate)

  3. Get local / demo copies of Magento CE and EE so you can play around in the backend to validate the queries raised / answered in the study and supplementary guides on the Magento specific sections.

    Note when I took the exam 6 months ago all the questions were focused on CE 1.8 and EE 1.13 so it is imperative to reference these copies and learn their specific differences (check the study guide for the up to date info, but I doubt it's changed).

  4. Re-test your self on the study / supplementary guides and validate with your local / demo copies of Magento where relevant (and repeat until confident!)

Further to the above I found the greatest asset I had in passing this exam was my experience from working with Magento day to day. I feel the exam, even though multiple choice so you can to a point just learn the answers, does a great job at validating all that time spent working with Magento in the real world.

Also, don't neglect lesser known / used areas of Magento as there are questions on all facets of the system (e.g. EE payment bridge, recurring profiles)

The exam itself was not as bad as I was expecting, the pass rate is around 66% from memory and the time provided I felt was more than enough to go through all the questions multiple times (you can also flag questions to revisit later, even if answered).

On my first run through I went through all questions, answered those I knew straight away, attempted others I wasn't as confident on and flagged and skipped a few I was unsure on. I then went back again to those flagged / unanswered. Finally I reviewed the whole lot again and (rather sadly) attempted to work out if I felt I'd answered enough correctly from those I was confident on to pass!

Good luck!

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Not sure if this is the best place to ask but it's a good question and I can answer it, so here we go:

I took the certification in 2014 and what helped me was:

  • having worked on different Magento shops with different requirements
  • knowing what Magento can and cannot do out of the box
  • knowing the EE marketing related features (most questions are enterprise related)
  • knowing what Magento does for PCI compliance
  • as preparation, walk through the backend to remember the seldomly used features (YMMV)

I cannot share details of the questions, but there are study guides available to give you an impression of the type of questions. But if people said, that you would pass it because you know the ins and outs of Magento, they are probably right. Just try it, and there's always a second chance!

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@Rebecca Troth Go here: https://magento.com/training/free-study-guide and download the guide for preparation. I have a hand full of people who have earned this cert. They said that they basically needed to know the features that Magento offers, the admin panel, and basic information regarding what is needed to scale out Magento ( X number of servers to support X number of traffic ). All the cert exams are multiple choice and you get your results on the spot. The cert guides are great at providing insight into what you need to know.

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On top of what Ryan said I found out a few months ago that there are some flash cards for the solution specialist certification available here. Not huge but can't hurt: https://quizlet.com/87021557/magento-certified-solution-specialist-flash-cards/original

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So I have been working with Magento for about 14 months and I have failed the test twice already.

I find it difficult, even if it's multiple choices, it seems like any of the choices is correct which makes it even more unsatisfying.

I also don't like that the test is quite old and not updated. So my best tip is work more with Magento daily to daily basis - you won't be able to pass it with just studying.

  • hello james , what was questions about , and r u sure u study from those advised links , also r u sure its solution specialist test , failing twice make me wonder . – albaiti Dec 14 '17 at 11:19

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