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A Look at the Magento 2 Certified Solution Specialist Exam

Our technical intern, Sally Park, breaks down the exam itself and what it means for developers.

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With many of our developers at FortyFour specialized in Magento, we end up spending a lot of time talking about the platform. While many in the digital service industry are familiar with Magento, not everyone knows what it means to be a Magento 2 Solution Specialist. Becoming a specialist requires an exam, and we’re here to walk you through exactly what that exam entails.

What is it?

According to the Magento website, “a Magento 2 Solution Specialist is an expert user of the Magento 2 e-commerce platform. Drawing on a deep background in business and e-commerce, the Magento 2 Solution Specialist can efficiently align business objectives with Magento 2 functionality, optimize use of native features, and avoid unnecessary customization. Whether as a merchant, a manager, a consultant, or an analyst, the Magento 2 Solution Specialist knows how to make the best use of Magento 2 features and functionality.”

As a Magento 2 Certified Solution Specialist, a developer should not only have knowledge of Magento basics, but also be able to apply what they know in the best possible way to help the client. The exam serves as confirmation that he or she is able to do so, while still aligning with Magento’s core development principles.

Why do people take the exam?

While is it not guaranteed that a developer with certification is better than one without, preparing for the exam allows for developers to gain a deeper understanding of how Magento works. You learn about its features and functionalities, along with where they are located.

Agencies can benefit from having certified developers by providing clients with a sense of comfort. It also assists in strengthening that relationship, which usually leads to more work and experience. Consulting companies with a certain minimum number of developers qualify to become professional or enterprise Magento partners, which gives recognition to both developers and their companies at a global level and is significantly important when trying to gain new clients.

What does the exam cover?

The exam is made up of four content areas: Ecommerce (23%), Magento Architecture (24%), Magento 2 Features and Functionality (30%), and Applying Magento Knowledge to Business Goals (23%). Magento U offers a study guide that provides a breakdown of each content area and what to expect on the exam, as well as other useful resources. Additionally, SwiftOtter has a study guide along with a useful practice exam that can be used for training. During the exam however, no hard copy or online materials may be referenced.

How is the exam scored?

The exam is made up of 75 multiple choice questions and taken in 90 minutes. Generally 75% of the questions, roughly 56 of them, need to be answered correctly to pass the exam, but the percentage tends to fluctuate.

What steps do I need to take?

Before the exam. Buy a voucher at MagentoU and follow the instructions to sign up for a date, time, and Testing Center. An online, proctored exam is also an option, and you can find more information about the process and requirements needed at this blog post.
Take the exam. An important thing to note is that two forms of identification are required at the Testing Center, but more information and instructions for taking the exam can be found here.

After the exam. You will receive your results immediately after completing the exam, and you can look here for steps to take to make your profile visible in the Magento Certification Directory, as well as a general FAQ.

In the case that you do not pass the exam, the Retake Policy states that you can retake it up to 4 times, but you will have to wait a certain period of time between each retake. More information can be found on the MagentoU FAQ.

 

Sally Park is our technical intern at FortyFour. 

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