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Good luck on your upcoming exam! I took the CP exam at the Tableau Conference in October and passed.
What helped me personally prepare the most were the regular data viz challenges put out by the community. Regularly working on those really stretched my knowledge and helped me learn faster.
Check out my blog post here on community dataviz challenges to see some of the ones that are available:
Also, I didn't start answering questions on the forums here until after I took my exam, but I wish I had started sooner. Helping others on the forums also exposes you to a lot of different Tableau and data viz scenarios that are great practice for the CP exam.
Paul Wachtler , Thanks a lot for this pointer and congratulations for passing your CP exam!
Well for me, I can assert that after seeing the impact of Tableau across the board during TC'18 I am extremely pumped up for this exam
Glad to hear you're looking to do the CP exam! I'd recommend doing the MakeOverMonday vizzes and WorkoutWednesday.
Be strict with yourself with timings because although the CP exam is 3 hours, it definitely goes REALLY quickly.
They mark on some technical aspects, such as table calculations and nested LODs - so practise on these.
Part of the exam is how to create 'alternative' views. So try downloading some workbooks and improving on them. e.g. if you've got a bar chart with region with sales and profit, why not use a map to represent this instead?
Also be familiar with creating a good dashboard with global filters, additionally creating stories where you're able to guide the end user through your findings.
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I took the CP exam at TC18 and passed like Paul Wachtler.
From my experience, the exam asked to present a dashboard using Story and Annotation. I was a little upset because I do not use these features at work and had few understanding of how to use. Luckily you are still allowed to access Tableau's online help during the exam. So I look it up quickly and answered the question. So be prepared to face something you don't know in the exam and don't hesitate to look up online help.
In addition, Visual Analytics training course helped me pass the exam to great extent. You may have your own visualization style using Tableau, which is fine. But the VA training discusses specific visual guidelines that (I think) are supposed to be applied in the exam. Going through several Tableau's whitepapers with exercises may provide you similar learning impact too.
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Great inputs folks, thanks for sharing
In addition, the following links may come in handy...
Tableau Certification homepage Certification | Tableau Software
Tableau Desktop Specialist Exam Guide https://mkt.tableau.com/files/DesktopSpecialist_ExamGuide.pdf
Certification Directory Certification Directory | Tableau Software
Certification Program FAQs https://mkt.tableau.com/files/TableauProductCertificationProgram.pdf
"Three things I learned when I failed the Tableau Desktop QA exam" (Katie Ansley) https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:linkedInArticle:6475723580754718720/
Could you please share more details on Visual Analytics training course?
As a partner of Tableau, I taught the Visual Analytics course for a few years. You can find more information about the course and sign up here: Classroom Training - Visual Analytics | Tableau Software
The main focus of this course is about design decisions and WHY we choose the visualizations/color/layout/etc. in each project, rather than HOW to press the buttons to build in Desktop. I believe the course is excellent preparation for the Desktop Certified Professional exam, as it gives hands-on opportunities and example vizzes for many different business questions. Additionally, as you will be completing the course with other participants, you have the opportunity to receive feedback from the entire group, rather than just the instructor. This course creates a safe space to hear others' perspectives of your design process.
Best of luck,