SQL Server Certification

In this article, we will explore what an SQL Server certification is, why it is important, and how you can go about getting certified in SQL Server by Sanfoundry for free.

What is a SQL Server certification?
A SQL Server certification is a professional credential demonstrating an individual’s proficiency in SQL Server. The certified professional has in-depth knowledge of topics such as:

  • building and managing SQL Server databases.
  • retrieval and manipulation of data with SQL queries.
  • integration of SQL Server with .NET, Microsoft Office, and XML.
  • securing and monitoring databases with Management Studio.
  • replication of data over multiple servers with merge replication.
  • transformation of data into strategic information using business intelligence processes.
  • familiarity with database models.
  • knowledge of SQL Server Management Studio and Transact-SQL language.
  • writing simple and complex queries that retrieve data from the database.
  • insertion, updation, and deletion of data and retrieval of data from tables.
  • familiarity with joins, sub-queries, working with data types.
  • knowledge of procedure and functions, working with triggers.
  • designing of a database, maintenance of databases, tables, and sequences with SQL statements.
  • creation and management of views.

Which certification is best to work in the field of SQL Server?
The free SQL Server certification offered by Sanfoundry helps you find good job in the field. Other certifications include Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals, Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate Certification, EDB PostgreSQL 12 Associate Certification, Oracle Certified Professional – MySQL 5.7 Database Administrator Certification.

What type of job can I get with a SQL Server certification?
SQL Server professionals can find jobs in a variety of industries, including Business Intelligence, Computer Science, Finance/Economics and Research & Development. Some jobs that we commonly see positions for include database administrator (DBA), data warehouse administrator (DWDA) and business intelligence architect (BIA).

What topics are covered in the SQL Server certification course exam?
Here’s the complete syllabus of the exam.

SQL Server Certification Syllabus
Laying the Foundation Aggregation of Data Manipulating Data with Select
SQL Server Constraints Beyond Relational Full Text Search
Working With XML Data Creating the Physical Database Schema Developing with SQL Server
Builtin Stored Procedures Data Connectivity Access With Sql Server
Enterprise Data Management SQL Server Clustering Security
Data Cryptography Monitoring and Auditing Change Data Capture
Performance Tuning and Optimization Query Plan Reuse Business Intelligence
Analyzing Data With Excel SQL Server Specifications System and Sample Databases

Sanfoundry SQL Server Certification

Sanfoundry offers online certification in SQL Server for free. The certification exam is divided into two parts: Qualifier Test and Certification Test.

First step is to take the "Qualifier Test". If you have scored at least a B grade in the "Qualifier Test", then only you would be eligible to take part in the online "Certification Test". If you have scored an A* (Genius) or A (Excellent) grade in the certification test, then you will be awarded a “Certificate of Merit” in SQL Server from Sanfoundry.

SQL Server Certification Exam Overview:

Here are the details and format of the Certification Exam:

  • Format: Online & Multiple Choice
  • Prerequisite: Yes (Qualifier Test)
  • Total Questions: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Fee: Free
Marking Scheme:
In the online certification test, you will be given 2 points for every correct answer. There will also be negative marking of -1 for every wrong answer. So, you have to be more careful in your test. If needed, you should skip to the next question and come back to that question later so that you can manage the time more effectively during the test.

Based on your score, you would be given one of the following Grades:

Grade A* – Genius (You scored 100%)
Grade A – Excellent (Your score is in the range of 80% to 99%)
Grade B – Good (Your score is in the range of 60% to 80%)
Grade C – Average (Your score is in the range of 40% to 60%)
Grade D – Poor (Your score is in the range of 0% to 40%)

Steps to get the Free SQL Server Certificate

How to prepare for SQL Server Certification Exam?
Before you start taking the certification test, it is important to study and practice our collection of 1000 SQL Server MCQs and check your progress by taking this subject specific Practice & Mock Tests.

Once you are ready, follow the below mentioned steps:
  1. Sign up with Sanfoundry.
  2. Take this SQL Server Qualifier Test.
  3. Score at least B Grade in the Qualifier test in order to be qualified to take the certification exam.
  4. Once you have qualified, you can take this SQL Server Certification Test anytime (24×7).
  5. If you have scored either A* Grade (Genius) or A Grade (Excellent) in the test, then you are eligible for a "Certificate of Merit".
  6. Fill this feedback form and download your certificate of merit from here. Kindly note that we issue certificate-of-merit on a monthly basis only i.e., on 5th of the next month.
  7. Check your name in the list of top-rankers live here.
Note: If you face a technical problem during the test, you should take a screenshot of your Monitor and send it to [email protected] along with your contact number so we can call you back soon.

SQL Server Certification FAQs

1. Is a certification required to work in SQL Server? Will it get me a job?
A certification is not mandatory, but it demonstrates your expertise in this field. So the benefit of a certification is that it can help make the process easier by showing employers that you have the skills necessary for the given job.

2. Can I do SQL Server certification if I am a beginner?
Yes, but you should prepare the subject thoroughly by studying all the chapters and topics.

3. Is the SQL Server exam hard?
This subject is not difficult to learn, but it's not an easy subject either. If you've practiced SQL Server in-depth, then the test might be a little easier for you.

4. How long does it take to earn a SQL Server certification?
The amount of time it takes to earn the certification varies depending on individual circumstances and level of experience. It typically takes several months of studying and practice to prepare for the certification exam.

5. Can I earn a college credit for my SQL Server course if I am certified?
It depends on your college. There are few colleges and institutions which prefer the students to be certified by external institutions for a credit course. So, kindly check with your college.

6. Can I get certified in SQL Server online?
Yes, Sanfoundry offers free online certificate in SQL Server.

7. Which online SQL Server Certification Course is the best?
Each online certification course has a specific focus and it prepares you for different skillset. So, there is no single best course on SQL Server. The best you can do is to get a free certificate on this from Sanfoundry. If you are doing a self-study, you can learn the basics in the free SQL Server Certification Course.

8. Can I get SQL Server certification for free? How much it cost?
Yes, you can get the certification for free. A Certificate by Sanfoundry is 100% free for everyone.

9. How long is SQL Server certification valid? Does it expire?
The certificate is valid for life. There is no need to renew your certificate or take any further steps to keep your certification active.

10. Who is eligible to take the SQL Server certification exam?
Anyone who has been "working" or "studying" the subject can take the certification exam.

11. What is the format of the certification exam?
It is MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) based.

12. Is there any negative marking in the online certification exam?
In the Certification exam, you will be given 2 points for every correct answer. There will also be a negative marking of -1 for every wrong answer.

13. How many times can I take the certification exam?
You can attempt the certification exam 2 times a month.

14. Are there any resources or materials available to help me prepare for the SQL Server Certification exam?
You should practice Sanfoundry SQL Server MCQs. Additionally, you can refer to the collection of best SQL Server Books.

15. Are there any prerequisites for SQL Server certification?
Yes, there is one prerequisite. You have to complete the qualifier test before taking the certification test.

16. How do I get certified in SQL Server?
Take the Sanfoundry test, get either an A* Grade (Genius) or an A Grade (Excellent) in the SQL Server certification exam, and earn a free certificate of merit from us.

17. How do I register for the certification exam? How to get started?
Simply signup with Sanfoundry and take the test as mentioned here.

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