The Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals certification is a beginner cloud certification for those who have interest in AI.
Candidates that would enroll for this exam are expected to have acquired foundational knowledge of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) concepts and related Microsoft Azure services.
The exam therefore tests your ability to implement ML and AI workloads on Azure cloud.
The following main skills are measured:
- Cloud Data
- Cloud Networking
- Cloud Security
- Cloud Services
- Cloud Storage
This exam validates that you have foundational knowledge of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and the related Azure services. The following skills are covered:
- Azure Bot Services
- Azure Machine Learning
- Cognitive Services
Other non-technical concepts such as fairness, privacy, diversity, responsible AI (RAI) and ethics are also covered. You can find out exactly what is measured here.
The exam has a total scoring scale of 1000 with a cut-of of 700; that is, those who must pass this exam must aim to score 700 marks or above. It has 51 questions you are suppose to answer, although number of questions may vary. The exam is for 60 minutes and the cost varies from country to country, for instance, people from the US pay $99. But, I got 100% Voucher.
I didn't pay for the Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals Examination. I was given a free voucher to sit for this exam after attending the free Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals Virtual Training.
The area of skills the exam will measure includes:
- Describe AI workloads and considerations (15–20%)
- Describe fundamental principles of machine learning on Azure (30–35%)
- Describe features of computer vision workloads on Azure (15–20%)
- Describe features of Natural Language Processing (NLP) workloads on Azure (15–20%)
- Describe features of conversational AI workloads on Azure (15–20%
Taking the exam at home with Pearson On VUE
The process goes like this:
- Book your exam
- Test your connectivity and camera by taking a “test exam” (simple wizard with 1 question)
- Download the Pearson VUE software
- Close all other apps on your machine
- Open Pearson VUE software
- Webcam is activated by the software
- You are supplied with a text or URL to key into your phone
- Take a selfie (YES!). This is then matched to your government id
You’re then asked to upload pictures at the front, back, left, and right of the desk your machine is on.
After uploading the images and placing your phone out of arms-length, you let the agent on the chat window know that you’re ready to take the exam.
If you did this successfully, then your exam is ready to be served. The agent then releases the exam and you’re good to go.
How I prepared for the exam
I used these resources to prepare for this exam: PPT File
These materials are sufficient to pass the exam if studied keenly. You can prepare for this exam in a week or two and pass, depending on your experience level.
How I scheduled the exam:
I signed up for the exam using my email
Scheduled the exam from the dashboard in my profile.
I scheduled to take this exam at home via an online proctoring(invigilation) by Pearson Vue. You can also schedule to take this exam online in the office or at a nearby local test center.
Note: This exam can be rescheduled, but only 24hrs before the initial scheduled exam time.
Since I got a free voucher to give the exam, I simply entered my email to check for discount eligibility before scheduling the exam.
Cloud skills are very essential, it is expected that soon enough, all tech workloads and applications would be deployed on the cloud. Cloud presents the advantages of reduced IT costs, easy accessibility and reliability. It is hence obvious that the demand for cloud skills will continue to increase and people with such skills will be highly sought after.
In this blog post we have looked to the study resources, process and how did I pass the exams.
I am confident you can pass this exam with a bit of effort. Challenge yourself!
Other Azure exams that complement the AI Fundamentals Exam include the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals Exam and the DP-900 Azure Data Fundamentals Exam.
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