I have some good news today, I passed the DP-201: Designing an Azure Data Solution exam. Along with DP-200, this exam is a requirement towards Microsoft’s Azure Data Engineer Associate certification, which means that I am officially a Microsoft certified, Azure Data Engineer now!
The exam was of moderate difficulty and builds on the concepts asked in the DP-200 exam. The questions leaned more towards case-study analysis and technical scenarios. There was more stress on Cosmos DB and fewer questions were related to Azure SQL Database. There were some questions related to data ingestion and quite a few on data security options as well. There were about 42 questions and the time limit was 150 minutes (2.5 hours), which, in my experience, was more than enough. (I was able to answer all questions with about an hour to spare.) Out of the 42 questions, roughly half were based on case study analysis.
Another noticeable feature of the exam was the multiple sections. There were 4 sections in the exam. It was not possible to go back to the previous section for review after submitting the section. But it was possible to review questions within the same section before submitting, which was helpful.
Overall, I would say that it was a fulfilling experience to be able to get certified officially as Azure Data Engineer.
Please refer to my previous post on DP-200 exam for links to other posts about frequently asked concepts in the certification exams.
In case you are preparing for Azure Data Engineer Associate certification, I wish you all the best for your exams!