04-17-2015 07:51 PM
I'm new to SAS. I have question about SAS certification exam.
How do you guys practicing? The software is very expensive to purchase.
Do you guys all practice using Free SAS University Edition? If this is the case, how different the interface between University Edition and the exam?
Thanks a lot.
04-17-2015 08:37 PM
With respect to studying for the Base Certification there should be no major issues with using SAS UE.
I think the only issue that's come up is the fact that you can't use the libname method to reference files but as long as you read the topics that isn't more than a few questions on the exam.
04-17-2015 08:42 PM
Thank you for you reply.
You specific mentioned Base certification. Do you mean SAS UE is not enough for Advanced or other certification? Thanks a lot.
04-17-2015 10:10 PM
Other certification is a bit vague, there's a lot of them.
You can learn everything for the Advanced certification as well using UE.
I think there's only so far its worth going in terms of certification without a job though.
05-05-2015 03:16 AM
How to practice
WHAT to study
Read the Agendas of the training courses corresponding to your desired Certification
05-05-2015 05:01 AM
I learned SAS in their training facilities in Germany, when my company started implementing SAS.
I started with base SAS programming and added SQL and macro processing to that.
I am also a certified AIX system admin.
To get a basic knowledge of SAS, the UE will be sufficient.
Before investing too much in getting certificates, ask yourself:
- will I be working with SAS at all in the future?
- in which business will I be employed/working when using SAS (medical/pharma, insurance/banking, scientific ...)?
- will I therefore need deeper knowledge for a specific subset of the SAS system?
- will I be the sole SAS specialist onsite or just one of many SAS users, supported by said specialist/admin?