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What do you think of the new MCE Exam? Any test tips for those taking it at Summit?

For those of you who have taken the new MCE exam, I am curious what you thought of it!

Michelle Miles
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Re: What do you think of the new MCE Exam? Any test tips for those taking it at Summit?

The new exam was geared towards creating a minimum level of competency for what would be considered a Marketo Certified Expert. The questions are fairly written (no "gotchas") by Marketo experts and Champions, scrutinized by Experts and Champions, and then weighted to make sure that the test would be achievable by someone who fellow experts would consider having mastered Marketo.

The test does not include questions around optional add-ons (i.e.: RCE, RTP, Calendar), nor does it include questions specific to other products such as SFDC or Dynamics.  It assumes that you know your way around an instance of "Vanilla" Marketo.

As mentioned in the announcement, the test assumes about 800-1000 hours of actual Marketo usage. Gone are the questions like "What does the button say" that rely on a photographic memory, the questions now show that you know broad level knowledge of Marketo along with intricate processes and how things work.

Every question asked is backed up by the official documentation. Just about every answer can be found in the Product Docs.

I'm happy to say that the review team really thought through these questions, really taking out the "gotcha's" and considering the level of stress that a test taking environment causes. The questions are clear, thorough, and the answers are easily identifiable to someone who should be considered an expert.

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Re: What do you think of the new MCE Exam? Any test tips for those taking it at Summit?

The new test hasn't been released yet. I believe it is scheduled to be released prior to Summit. They're scheduling 3 hour "study sessions" prior to taking the exam if you want, but I don't believe it's a requisite to take the exam.

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Ahh, just saw your other comment on the separate test thread. Looks like we'll have to wait until people start taking the newly released exam!

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Dory Viscogliosi Actually the new MCE exam and specializations are out now along with the training sessions. We have even had team members take the new MCE Exam this week. Details are here: Marketo Certified Expert and you can register for the three hour prep courses here: Training Catalog.  There will no longer be a practice exam, and I have heard that the new exam is quite different and more difficult. Team members reported that Marketo has really raised the bar on the MCE certification.

Michelle Miles
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Good to know. Looks like they released it without too much fanfare, which is less common for Marketo

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Ha, they made the passing 70% now. I remember when I wrote it was 80%. Makes me feel like it's probably more difficult!

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Sydney Mulligan​ was one of the beta testers. Maybe she can give her input?

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Re: What do you think of the new MCE Exam? Any test tips for those taking it at Summit?

Does anyone know if the test is geared more towards gauging your Marketo-specific usability knowledge?  Or more towards industry best practices/strategy?

The last MCE i took was really in the weeds with how to use the Marketo tool and had very little to do with strategy or business related questions.  I know a lot of people volunteered to help provide input on this new MCE so I'm curious if they'd be willing to share the direction the MCE went with

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Re: What do you think of the new MCE Exam? Any test tips for those taking it at Summit?

MCE is definitely a certification for Marketo users, not a general marketing-best-practice cert. That said, I think this test is fairly weighted between Marketo best practices and actual Marketo user knowledge. Someone who is not very familiar with using Marketo day to day will not be able to pass the test, which I think is what we all want. It makes the certification more valuable to those who have it.