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How to Prepare for a Certification Exam in 5 Simple Steps

Over the last couple of months many of you have raised questions like “How can I prepare for my certification exam?” or “What kind of questions will be asked during an exam?” and “Which training should I attend in order to get ready for a specific certification?” .

Drawing on insights and experiences gained as a member of SAP Education’s global certification team, I would like to share with you here a brief guide I put together which I hope will help you find all the relevant information you need to successfully prepare for an exam.

The first thing you should do before you bury your head in your books is to have a look at our training and certification shop. Once you have chosen the exam you would like to take, the web shop gives you such helpful information as the number of exam questions, duration of the exam, which areas you will be tested on, and recommended course work and content you can reference.

Here are five simple steps that will help you to gather all relevant information you need for your exam preparation:

1. Find the right level of certification

You can either take an associate or professional certification exam. Associate certifications are for those who are new to SAP solutions. Professional certifications require proven project experience and a more detailed understanding of SAP solutions. Descriptions of each level are available here.

2. Find the right exam

Here are some useful tips for easy navigation in the web shop:

Start your search directly in the certification web shop.

You can browse through our catalogue and search for specific exams by solution.


If you know the exact exam code for a specific exam, you can also use the search field.


Select your country and language to get all relevant information for your location.


3. Consider training

Are you new to your chosen field? Training courses can help you to pass associate level exams, and SAP Education provides various training options. You can choose between classroom training (live or virtual), e-learning courses, and many more. Here you can find an overview of the different training options.

Not sure if you have taken all relevant training courses? For each exam, you can find the related training courses on the exam site.


Please note, if you prepare for a professional level exam the indicated exam-related training classes serve as refresher or foundations courses, but they are not sufficient for exam preparation. Candidates must also acquire ample practical experience in order to increase their chances of passing the certification exam.

Do you already have hands-on experience with a particular solution, or do you want to upgrade your certification to the latest release? SAP Education’s Learning Hub might be an option to help you to prepare for your certification exam at your own pace. As a subscriber to the SAP Learning Hub you have access to all relevant training materials and you can benefit from the Learning Rooms for your exam preparation. Learning rooms are virtual learning spaces that guide you through all the training related to the specific certification exam. They also offer supplementary materials. Learning Rooms are led by SAP’s top instructors who help you with your learning and preparation and provide answers to your questions.

4. Locate the syllabus

In order to get an idea about which topics are important for your certification, you should review the syllabus. You can find an overview of the related topics on the certification site. Prepare for the exam based on the weighted value for each topic in the exam Topic Areas. 


5. Sample questions

For most exams, SAP Education provides sample questions; these are actual questions asked during past exams, so they are representative of the questions asked during a live exam. You can find the sample exam questions under the Certification Details for each exam.


I hope that these five steps will help you to get started with your exam preparation. So you’ve heard a lot from me here, but all of us in the global certification team are also interested in your opinion on this topic. What are your experiences with taking certification exams? What do you think is the best way to prepare for one?

It would be great to hear about your personal experience, plus any tips and tricks you would like to share with the community. If you need a bit of inspiration, have a look at the blog written recently by independent consultant and SAP Mentor Tom Cenens, in which he shared with us his experience preparing for the SAP HANA certification.

Feel free to share your thoughts with the community – we look forward to hearing from you!

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      Former Member

      Hi Katrin,

      Thanks for sharing a lot of information. Information is Wealth 🙂 .

      Need a small info, currently I am appearing for C_BOBIP_41 certification. So I just want to know is their any website, where can test knowledge by appearing some mock tests.

      Many thanks in advance

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      Former Member

      Hi Katrin,

      I am a SAP HCM certified associate i have 5 years of HR experience presently iam working in Qatar as HR officer ,i would like to do SAP professional certification in Work force Process Management kindly advice the eligible criteria for doing professional certification and authorized certification center in Doha(Qatar).

      Author's profile photo Bodhisattwa Roy
      Bodhisattwa Roy

      Hi Katrin,

      I have been working on SAP PSCD for quite some times. So, I want to appear for a certification examination on it. After checking out in I found out that there is a 5 days Instructor Led Course for that (IPS510).

      My question is, does this course have a following examination and if I attend the classroom session, will I get a certification on it?

      Many thanks in advance.

      Thanks & Regards,

      Bodhisattwa Roy

      Author's profile photo Ravi Sankar Venna
      Ravi Sankar Venna

      Hi Bodhisattwa,

      It may not be realistically possible to update what the evaluation criteria in each country. The evaluation criteria is different in each country. In the first place, I would advise you to contact your local SAP Education, they would be able to advise you.

      Kind Regards,


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      Former Member

      Thanks for sharing this valuable info , will inform you once i got it .

      Author's profile photo Shamsul Arfeen
      Shamsul Arfeen

      Hi Katrin,

      Great guide, thanks!. The last steps is to book an exam, how would we do that? I don't find any link to book an exam. Please advise.



      Author's profile photo Paul Bakker
      Paul Bakker
      Author's profile photo Sankaraditya Nadella
      Sankaraditya Nadella

      Hi katrin,

      Nice article,Very helpful and thanks a lot for updating about the SAP certification Exam



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi, Katrin

      How do I search for Master Data Governance/Master Data Management?



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      Former Member

      Hello Katrin,

      Thanks for all your responses.

      Just identified C_TBW45_70 as the right certification for me.

      I have 5 years BI experience with hands on SAP . I am very vast in all the knowledge areas specified in the curriculum. I'm certain that I'll pass the certification exam.

      I want to practice a couple of SAP materials on my own without any additional class trainer, get the exam voucher on sap shop and schedule the exam.

      Is this possible?

      - Chinedu

      Author's profile photo Fernando Faian
      Fernando Faian

      Hi Katrin,

      I just loved your blog! just great.

      quick question: I have 15-years on SAP. always hands-on ABAP (10) and SAP BI-BW(10). currently I am looking for a initial certification to put me in SAP HANA. I've
      been doing my homework already. just wondering if you have any tip, especially
      about Associate and Professional versions. I understand you said associate
      would be for beginners, however I just need a initial bump and then I will be looking
      for professional, such as BW on HANA, ABAP, UI5.. so many options . I already
      have both ABAP and Netweaver certifications. Just would like to know what you

      Thank you.



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      Former Member

      I wish to seek your kind advice. I would like to take SAP course - Basics of Customizing for Financial Accounting: General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable (AC200E). I am not sure if its a good course for application in finance. I my area of work I work on General Ledger Accounting, Accounts Receivable, Clearing, and Accounts Payable.

      Your kind advice is highly appreciated.

      best regards.

      Author's profile photo Jaswant Purba
      Jaswant Purba

      good work... though I am certified in few SAP areas but I still read it once before I start for a new certification.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi.. I have a doubt.. whether or not questions are asked from Appendix of the study materials in SAP Certification.

      I will be giving my SAP PS C_TPLM22_64 certifiation, without any training.


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      Former Member

      Hello Katrin,

      thanks for such useful article, after completing the SAP BOBJ Web intelligence C_BOWI_41 certification, what would be suitable HANA BO certification, if you could guide for certification exam no / certification details link ?

      thanks & Rgds,

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Katrin,

      I gonna take EC certification. Is it a requirement do the EC Academy? If not where I can find the material of that course?

      Thanks in advance!


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      Former Member

      Hi Katrin,

      I was reading your blog and checking all about the certification process and I was wondering if it is mandatory to take the SuccessFactors Academy in order to apply for a certification Exam?, I'm asking this because I've already have experience working in some modules and I'm feel prepared to take the exam without take the academy, is this possible?

      Thanks in advance

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      Former Member

      Hi Carolina,

      Some time ago I did a different certification and I didn't take any Academy or class in order to apply for a certification, and I got it.

      You need to make sure or be aware of all topics being tested.

      Regards and good luck

      Reinaldo Nunez

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      Former Member

      Hi Katrin

      In the training class (C_SM100_718- Solution Manager Configuration for Operations-SP12) i was taken through chapter: End 2 End Diagnosis, but this was not shown in the exam topic areas, so does it mean i can leave this chapter for my Certification preparation and concentrate on other topics that are specified in the exam topic area.

      I mean to say in training sessions we have gone through 20 chapters,in the exam topic area only shows 14 chapters...if i go through that 14 chapters will it be enough  for the Certification exam.

      Link for Training Topics:

      Link for Exam Topic Area:…

      Kindly clarify on this.

      Kind Regards,

      Phaneendra K

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      Former Member

      I am doing a course, AC200, in SAP education/Training shop. The service is too slow and keeps on freezing several times. demonstrations and practice sessions do not plan. Has anyone experience this and how did you solve it??

      It has been behaving this way since I started in December and I am running out of patience now.

      Author's profile photo Phuong Phạm Thi Minh
      Phuong Phạm Thi Minh

      Hi Katrin,

      I will intend TB1200 - SAP Business One - Implementation and Support. I have a SAP ID and completed related online courses in SAP Education’s Learning Hub.

      However, I can not purchase a voucher to take this exam. Could you suggest and guide me how to buy a voucher from SAP Training & Certification Shop. I could not see Vietnam Location in list?

      Thanks so much!

      Minh Phuong

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      Former Member

      Hi! Katrin,

      Thanks a lot for such an informative micro-blog on this particular topic. It is so very helpful. I have concern regarding Certified Application Associate - Business Intelligence with SAP NetWeaver 7.0 exam.

      I am planning to appear for SAP BI certification exam C_TBW45_70 but after searching through various sites including, I found out that this is quite an outdated exam. But I had already completed my class room study from AtoS Bangalore (SAP Authorised training provider). As I have already a huge sum for training, I can not move back without clearing the certification. On the other side I am concerned about my employability based on this certification only.

      Can you please guide me about the expiry date of this exam ( C_TBW45_70 ) and job prospects after clearing this particular exam.

      Thanks and regards

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      Former Member

      So, answer about the expiry date for this certification is available from following link:

      As of now there is no expiry date assigned for this particular program.