Few observations and recommendations to pass SAS certification

Understand Format & Layout: Simplify and clear in your mind how SAS formats & layout are, so you can apply them without looking them up every time.  Apply your mind and adjust yourself for correctly create and apply your own formats & layouts

Read between the lines: Read the questions CAREFULLY, because a misplaced “.” period or other common mistakes defines the right and wrong answers

No baggage Pl: If you have programming background (other than SAS) you may need to empty your baggage what you may carry about some structures as SAS has his little different and rigid syntaxes, for an instance, SAS loves DO and uses it to replace FOR Loops and the syntax is slightly different. Try and learn the different Loops and effects on the loop counter

Important: Learn accumulating variables & learn how to read data from all sources especially excel and text files. Learn the basics PROC steps and what they do and default outputs.

Last but not the least: SAS may looks a different creature to you in beginning, however you should think as SAS programmer, While reading question you may find it confusing, referring to “a” data set which usually means one data set but shouldn’t with SAS. Use grammar to interpret what is being asked then if a question arises in your mind whether one or another answer is correct, choose the one based on what is SAS trying to do rather than what is grammatically the best answer. Let’s hope they will fix those questions. I wish they had a way to flag questions like that in the certification exam so they could fix them later.

I have finished about 30 minutes before and had kept a list of questions where i was unsure about or had confusion, for me the list was of 7 questions out of the 70. I went back and checked my answers again focusing on the ones i had marked down.

I learnt this by practicing repeatedly obviously not the real SAS certification test, I practice with www.sas-exam.com

I passed 🙂


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