As our graduation approaching, I successfully passed my Tableau Certified Data Analyst Exam last week. This blog will go through couple of the tips in terms of preparing for the exam as well as setting up your test environment if you are testing through OnVUE from home.

1. Read the Exam Structure and Outline

Head to the Tableau Website where there is a full list of domains and topic covered in the exam. It is a good guideline to start your preparation and estimate the preparation time for your exam.

2. Make a Study Plan and Schedule Your Exam

As soon as you have a clear idea about what the exam will cover, make a legitimate estimate on how long you would need to prepare, and then schedule the exam. After you schedule the exam, make a detailed study plan according to the exam outline, your current skill set, and time you have left. Breakdown the content into small pieces and time box for each session.

3. Practice

The most part of the exam will be focusing on the analysis part of Tableau, so the best way to prepare for that part is to practice! The resource I use most is the WorkoutWednesday website ( On this website, there will be a new challenge to make a dashboard coming out every week, and they are labelled with the correspondent skills that is required in the tasks. I find going through these challenges really hone my skills in Tableau.

4. Run the System Test (If test via OnVUE)

Right after you book your test, you will get an Email from Pearson Test Centre with a link to run System Test on OnVUE system. Make sure you take your time to use the same device and network that you will be using in test to run the system test. There are chances that the work laptop may influence the launch of OnVUE so make sure you either use your personal device or run the test and make sure you are not behind the corporate firewall.

5. Prepare Your Room and Keep a Clear Mind

On the day prior to the test day, read through the test place requirement and prepare your room. During the test, you cannot use a second monitor while mouse and keyboard are usually allowed. You also need to have your phone with you during the check-in process to go through the ID Check and Photo Taking, but you need to put it out of reach after you finished the check in process prior to starting your exam (as well as your wrist band if you are wearing one). Getting the environment and equipment ready can really better prepare yourself mentally as well.

With all these tips, the things that matter most are your understanding of the process of data analysis and visualisation, and your familiarity and expertise in Tableau. The more I use Tableau, the more amazed I am by how powerful it is in finding and telling data stories. So have fun with Tableau and good luck in your exams!

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