Prepare for an exam

Review the study guides for technical exams

Study guides are available for each role-based, specialty, and fundamentals exam. They will help you understand what to expect on the exam and include a summary of the topics the exam covers, with links to additional resources. They also include study resources where you can find self-study options and classroom training, as well as links to documentation, community sites, and exam prep videos. The information and materials in the study guides will help you focus your studies as you prepare for the exam.

Skills review for Microsoft Office exams

On every Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam details page, you’ll find a “Skills measured” section that includes a downloadable exam skills outline. This document summarizes the topics that the exam covers.

Watch exam prep videos

Exam prep videos are available for some Microsoft Certification exams and are listed on the exam details page and in the exam readiness zone. They provide tips, tricks, and strategies for preparing for an exam by describing key skills measured on the exam and how to allocate your study time. Each video segment corresponds to a major topic area on the exam. These on-demand videos, led by Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs), will highlight objectives that many test takers find difficult and include example questions and answers with explanations. You can browse all available videos in the exam readiness zone.

Self-paced training on Microsoft Learn

A list of free online learning paths is available on each certification and exam details page to help you prepare. You can also browse all learning paths and modules based on product (for example, Azure, Microsoft 365, Windows), based on role (such as developer or data engineer), or based on learning level (beginner, intermediate, and advanced).

Microsoft Learn online modules and tutorials are bite-sized, interactive skill builders you complete at your own pace and are available in multiple languages.

Instructor-led training

Find relevant instructor-led courses to prepare for your exam on the exam detail pages, or browse all instructor-led courses. If you’re looking for in-depth, structured training, instructor-led training offers dedicated, personal attention from technical subject matter experts.

Online or in-person classes and workshops delivered by Microsoft Certified trainers are centered around up-to-date ILT course material on Microsoft Learn to help you prepare for certification.

Learn from a Microsoft Certified Trainer

Our worldwide training partner network offers trainer-delivered courses for your team leveraging Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT). MCTs are best-in-class trainers who deliver Microsoft Official courseware through in-person and hybrid training deliveries. To ensure the best ILT deliveries connect with a training partner today and request an MCT instructor.

Take a Practice Assessment

Practice Assessments on Microsoft Learn: Some exams have free Practice Assessments, available in multiple languages, that are delivered through Microsoft Learn to help you prepare for your exam.

Practice Assessments help you practice skills, assess your knowledge, and identify the areas where you need additional preparation to accelerate your chances of succeeding on certification exams. These Practice Assessments are intended to provide an overview of the style, wording, and difficulty of the questions that you are likely to experience on this exam. These questions are not the same as what you will see on the exam nor is this document illustrative of the length of the exam or its complexity. For example, you may see additional question types, multiple case studies, and labs. These questions are examples only to provide insight into what to expect on the exam and help you determine if additional preparation is required.

Practice Assessments are available in multiple languages, allowing you to take the assessment in your preferred language as available.

Some of the questions on some practice assessments are generated by artificial intelligence. These questions are reviewed by SMEs before they are added to the Practice Assessment question pool.

Note that the exams may not be available in the same languages as the Practice Assessment.

If available, a link will be provided on the certification details page. Visit the Practice Assessments page to explore the comprehensive list of available Practice Assessments.

If you have any questions about Practice Assessments, review the FAQs.

We would like your feedback on the Practice Assessment experience; if you take a Practice Assessment, please complete the Practice Assessment Survey.

Practice Tests offered by MeasureUp: Some exams have practice tests that are offered through MeasureUp to help you prepare for your exam. If available, a link will be provided on the certification details page.

Microsoft Press resources

Get more help from study guides, videos, and practice exams from the experts at Microsoft Press.

Explore the exam sandbox

You can demo the exam experience by visiting our “exam sandbox.” Here you can experience the look and feel of the exam before taking it. You’ll be able to interact with different question types (e.g., build list, drag and drop, etc.) in the same user interface you’ll use during the exam. Through the sandbox you can also learn which actions are required to answer each question type, where information about the exam is located (e.g., time remaining, questions remaining, etc.), how to mark questions for review, and how to leave comments. You’ll also have access to the exam instructions, question type help, and the non-disclosure agreement, so you can experience the exam from start to finish.

The exam sandbox is available in the following languages:

Request an accommodation

If you use assistive devices, read aloud, fidget, or require extra time, you may need an accommodation. Accommodations must be requested before you register for the exam. Learn more about requesting accommodations.