EPiServer 6 Developer Exam Tips
Last Monday I made the trip to London to take the EPiServer CMS certification exam (version 6). I passed but it was quite a tricky exam so I thought I’d post some tips that may be of help to others taking the test.
The questions are randomised so you won t get asked the same as me but the areas will probably be similar. There were 70 multiple choice questions split into four sections. I can’t remember the exact breakdown but these numbers are close:
Installation / deployment (~10 questions)
These questions are not particularly difficult but if, like myself, you haven’t needed to use the features much previously you might get stuck.
- Deployment center make sure you know everything you can do from here
- Initialization module What is it, when does it run etc (this is new to version 6, I missed the tech note and wished I’d read it)
- Multi-Site installations
- Upgrading to v6 What versions can you upgrade from, what is backed up / updated.
General Product Knowledge (~15 questions)
If you are familiar with the system and its features there is not much to worry about here
- Load balancing
- Page type & page template concepts
- XForms - How to make one, how it works
- Online center and gadgets
Standard Development (~25 questions)
Again, if you have developed a couple of sites then most of these are not too bad. However the customisation questions will be sticking points unless you are familiar with the tech notes.
- Wiring up EPiServer / .NET web controls
- Wiring up master pages
- Custom membership provider
- Custom virtual path provider
- Globalization What language is used in various scenarios
Advanced Development (~20 questions)
These questions are really tricky, and may involve quite a bit of guess work!
- Mirroring How is it setup / configured, what is mirrored
- Scheduler service What can and can t be run
- Dynamic data store
- Page Objects (I missed this one completely)
- Filters adding code to a filter web control
- Quick publishing configuration
- Plugins / Modules Installing
Preparing for the exam
To help pass I d recommend in order of priority:
- Install the example site and run everything you can in the deployment center
- Try everything out in the CMS Online center (the Start page and menu bar) editor and admin sections while reading through the editor and admin manuals (particularly the admin manual)
- Read all the tech notes and try to setup what they are describing. I wouldn’t worry about spending too much time on each though as long as you understand the concepts.
There are quite a lot of resources available online and it can be a bit overwhelming. But don’t despair, Jonathan’s handy exam bookmarks post is a good place to start!