One of the most commonly asked questions that we receive in our Facebook group and by e-mail, “How can I prepare for my certification exam?” Potential test takers also ask about the areas of study most exam questions cover and what type of training would help them be more successful in achieving a passing grade.
This guide to certification exam preparation stems from our 10+ years experience gained during work as SAP mentors and 2+ years of running this website. We hope the information helps you in your quest for exam readiness.
Always find out what to study before you bury yourself in SAP books and test information. Check out our website to make an informed decision. For each type of SAP exam, you can find what the questions cover, recommended areas of study, duration of the exam period and how many questions there will be.
Before you take your SAP certification exam, work through the following six steps that will get you prepared and more likely to pass:
Step 1: Decide if you need SAP certification
No kidding! Make sure that you understand the benefits of SAP certification. A lot of people in the SAP community consider practical SAP experience as the most important factor when hiring a new SAP consultant. From their opinion, SAP certification does not hold much value. Of course, this is not true but you should still be aware of the fact that the value of SAP certification is a controversial topic. Luckily, we wrote several articles that may help you to make up your mind:
- What is SAP Certification? And Why Should You Care?
- Is SAP Certification Worth It?
- Value of SAP Certification
- Value of SAP Certification – A Company’s Perspective
Step 2: Choose the Right Level of Certification for You
Two types of certification exam exist: professional or associate. Certification at the professional level indicates you have advanced experience with projects and a more in depth knowledge of SAP solutions. Associate level certification is available for people with no or little experience.
Step 3: Locate the Correct Exam
Navigating the web store is easy with these simple tips:
- Begin searching in the certification web shop;
- Indicate your home country;
- Do not search for specific terms at first, but brows the shop options;
- Filter or sort the resultant list of all SAP certifications until you find exactly what you are looking for.
Step 4: Consider a Training Course First
SAP Education offers multiple training courses and methods designed to help you pass the associate level exams. These can greatly improve the chances of people who are new to the field. Explore their overview of different training options and choose what is right for you. They offer live and online classroom education, e-learning courses and multiple other options as well. Here is the link.
The exam sites list all relevant training courses an interested person may want to take before taking the certification exams. SAP Education’s professional packages can help people with real-world experience and those who are already certified at the associate level. These packages let you work at your own pace while you go after certification upgrades or renewal.
You may also find this article useful in deciding which type of training is best for you:
Step 5: Review the Syllabus
Exam preparations become even easier with the topic lists and syllabus descriptions on our certification site. These indicate which subjects are weighted more heavily on the exam questions and thus show which are more important and worthwhile studying. Here are some links to get you started:
- SAP BI Certification Syllabus
- SAP FI Certification Syllabus
- SAP MM Certification Syllabus
- SAP SD Certification Syllabus
Step 6: Practice with Sample Questions
Under the Certification Details in each exam, SAP Education gives a list of sample questions that can help you study. These questions appeared on past tests and give a great indication of the subjects and varieties of questions you can find on current tests. In addition to this, we provide excellent sets of questions with answers and explanations for various SAP certifications. We have both free and premium preparation material. Here are some of our offerings:
- SAP BI Questions for Certification
- SAP FI Questions for Certification
- SAP MM Questions for Certification
- SAP SD Questions for Certification
- SAP HCM Questions for Certification
Hopefully these six simple steps for SAP certification exam preparation can assist you in preparing for certification exams. We would love feedback about the methods that work best for you. What methods would you recommend to new SAP test takers? How was your experience with certification exams in the past?