Vandevelde Jan

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Resources to study for passing Salesforce Platform Developer I certification exam

Preparing for a Salesforce Certification exam always raises the question "What do I need to study and where can I find any good resources?". 

As a good habit I developed over the last years I try to start the year of with a bang and getting a new certification always does the trick ;-)

So in this post I'll share the resources that I've used to study for the Salesforce Platform Developer I exam and what to expect from the exam.

60-70% of the questions I've got were scenario based, so you should have a good understanding of each topic referenced in the study guide. During the exam certain questions will leave you confused with more than one correct answer so read through the questions more than once before you select your answer(s).

 

Define your strategy:

Start with Salesforce platform developer 1 Certification study guide. Go through each section from the study guide to see if there is any specific area you need more knowledge on. Don’t rely on practice exams or exam dumps as they are mostly out-of-date and never replicates real exam. Sometimes those question/answers are just wrong. Salesforce has loads of documentation on each specific topic, so if you study hard and practice a lot in your developer org, you will do just fine!

 

Each section in the study guide is assigned percentage of questions:

 

  • Logic and Process Automation (46%)
  • Data Modelling and Management (12%)
  • Testing (12%)
  • User Interface (10%)
  • Debug and deployment tools (10%)
  • Salesforce Fundamentals(10%)

 

 

What to study?

First of all if you have access to a Premier Online Training catalogue or Partner Training catalogue do lookup the following online course:

Certification Preparation for Platform Developer I

 

It takes about 4 hours, but gives you a nice detailed summary of the most important topics and I actually had some questions that were clearly answered in this course! Highly Recommended ;-)  ;-)

I watched this course when I started to study and then watched it again the morning of the exam as a review.

Besides that I studied the following materials:

 

Logic and Process Automation

            Remember roll-up summary fields only work with Master-detail relationships, so as soon as you read that it's a lookup relation it can’t be a roll-up summary field

            Very important table in the Process Automation Trailhead Module which compares capabilities of process builder, workflow, approval process and visual flow.

 

Testing

 

Data Modelling and Management

 

Debug and Deployment Tools

 

Salesforce Fundamentals

 

User Interface

 

 

I also recommend unlocking all the Trailhead modules necessary to do the Apex Specialist Superbadge. I've done this and found it highly valuable, but I have to say that the Superbadge itself was a real pain in the **** and took me about 12 hours to complete :-(

 

I hope this helps anyone who wants to pass the certification exam! Good Luck!

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