Recently salesforce came with BETA exams for the advanced administrator and this provided me an opportunity to clear this exam free of cost.To know more about what BETA exams are and how they can be useful in getting yourself certified please read the below article
BETA EXAMS KNOWLEDGE ARTICLE
The aim of this blogpost is to give an idea of what are the areas candidates must go through to gain this valuable certification.Please dont ask for exam dumps or any other material as these are not ethical and also whats the use of attending an exam just by going through dumps .
Please make a habit of going through study guide and make sure you go through all the videos mentioned in the study guide(All videos are not free and you may need partner portal access to watch .Ask your organisation if they have one ) .Also search for topics mentioned in study guide in salesforce help and training portal .
Let me ease some task by providing links to the study guide and help and training portal
LATEST STUDY GUIDE (AS OF SUMMER 13)
HELP AND TRAINING PORTAL
Please make sure to download latest study guide from below link
The following areas a candidate must concentrate to gain this certification
1)Delegated administration -This topic is very important and huge number of questions come in exams
2)Security concepts -The sharing model as well as Territory concepts are very vital for this examination.
Go through the guide mentioned below
3)Use of audit logs and debug logs
4)Deployments tools (Change sets ,Force.com IDE and ANT)-The advantages and concentrate mainly on pros and cons of changesets
5) Forecasting-collaborative forecasting and Customizable and concentrate on reports that can be possible on forecasting
6)How to customize and maintain products, price books, schedules, and quotes
7)Entitlements and Knowledge service cloud features in service cloud
8)Reports,Dashboards ,workflows ,Approval process ,formula fields ,need for external Ids,data mangement tools like data loader ,validation rules
9)Pay special attention to whats PARENTGROUPVAL and PREGROUPVAL Summary formula fields in reporting
10)Content management and data modelling
These are 10 priority items to really dig into while preparing for this exam.
The actual hands on on these topics are really helpful than just trying to go through reading material or videos .You can sign up for free developer org and practice these through workbook and tip sheets available on below link
All the best for your preparation and keep following salesforce certification group in LINKEDIN to recieve more updates ,when these BETA exams are available .