How to Prepare for SAS Advanced Programmer

How Much Preparation is required to clear the SAS Advanced Programming Certificate?

So to start with the question, How to do the best preparation? Is taking the class enough? Is the practice exam or other prep materials worth the cost? Will I pass if I do this or that? Ultimately, how can you improve your chances for success on a SAS Advanced Programming certification exam? Many time candidates are in search of the silver bullet that will guarantee they pass an exam. But, there is no silver bullet, in fact, the only way is to come up with a plan to give your best to succeed. The preparation required depends on what is the status of yours with SAS Software related knowledge and your experience on the technologies. However, if we want to draw a plan which can be applied as a generic plan, that can be as follow.

Start with the First thing first, is this Certification for you?

As some questions to self, first. Is this certification right for you? Do you have the recommended experience? Are you ready to spare time required for preparations and training? Most of the time, the SAS training are costly, so that planning also very important. Is this credential for me? Should I try to gain the knowledge and experience to earn this credential and does it help me in my career path? This is the time that some people like to go ahead and schedule the exam. Draw a line in the sand. A deadline helps some people take action and develop a plan.

Strategies to Prepare For SAS Certifications

Select the Method of Preparation

The very first step is to choose the method of preparation; I have divided this into mainly three types to prepare for the certification exams:

  1. Instructor-led training (if one resides within the U.S.),
  2. Self-paced e-learning,
  3. Self-study of exam preparation books published by SAS Institute Inc.

More details about these different options can be found at

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