05-02-2012 02:20 PM
I just took the A00-211 base programming exam and missed the passing mark by 4 questions. It wasn't until afterward that I realized how many exam questions were online, and I discovered that the entire exam was available through some site for $30. I had been studying two books for a month in preparation for this exam. So I was wondering if the second time I take the exam, will the questions basically be the same? Because I keep seeing the same sample exam questions everywhere I look. If there is anyone out there who has taken the exam twice that can answer this question, I would really appreciate it.
05-02-2012 07:39 PM
If you missed by 4 points only then you're very close to pass the test. Going for the test a second time you know now how the questions look like (which also helps) - and that you have to read them carefully and take your time (as there is enough of it).
The exam questions will only be similar but not the same. I would suggest that you concentrate on the areas where you failed and invest a bit more learning time there.
In the end of the day it's about getting the SAS skills. You won't do yourself and others a favor by getting a certification by cheating (and that's what it is if you just learn answers to exam questions without understanding).
One tip: I've observed that in SAS Certs there is always some focus on newly introduced stuff. I assume the SAS Base Cert. is still based on SAS9.2 - so read up for SAS9.2 the What's New section in the docu and look there for new or improved SAS functions (eg. countw() ) and statements. Knowing about this ones should already help you to answer several questions in the exam.
05-15-2012 11:47 AM
I just passed about a week ago, and I found this blog to be very helpful, especially the "Base n" questions.
11-02-2014 09:44 PM
I am completely a novice to SAS and am looking forward to taking SAS Base Certification. What would be the first step? What materials will I need? Any suggestions will be highly appreciated. Thank you.
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