How I passed 70-480

Over the course of last year and the beginning of this one I went about studying for and completing the 4 SharePoint 2010 certification exams and blogging how I went about it. It’s been half a year or so since I last targeted a certification so I figured it was about time I got back on the wagon and started attempting to gain the SharePoint 2013 certifications. Considering the ‘How to’ posts for 2010 were some of my most popular it would be remiss of me not to document my journey through the 2013 stream in the same way. Kicking things off was the Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 exam.

It was a little different approaching this exam – on the one hand it isn’t really SharePoint per se so it may seem a little out of our collective comfort zones. For me however, it’s what I’ve been doing for a fair while now so I went in to it with confidence. Before going into the resources I used to pass this I thought it worth noting that while I did very well, it was one of the longest exams I feel I’ve sat for – I think it was important to carefully read the questions and work through the answers more than usual, or maybe that was just me. Just a heads up anyway that it probably paid to be a little more careful than usual.

So on to the resources out there to help you pass. To be honest, there is a lot. I was quite impressed with the range of options available – maybe because this was a more generic topic, the range of people completing it (and blogging about it) was greater. Perhaps it’s just because it’s a pretty interesting topic and enjoyable to comprehensively study for.

I took a couple of different angles at it. Firstly I read the articles linked to by Microsoft themselves in the skills measured section of the page I linked to previously. My first impression was that the content was pretty thin, until I got to the CSS section! In hindsight though I think rather than thin it is actually quite targeted – perhaps not comprehensive enough to guarantee a pass, but it covers enough of the topics that you can expect to come up against. I’d suggest they’re worth reading, which is good to know seeing it was the first time I’ve relied on the links provided by Microsoft for a study plan.

The other resource I used was the training videos created by Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo – Developing HTML5 Apps Jump Start. I couldn’t recommend these highly enough – they were interesting, fun to watch and weren’t ridiculously long (the jump start training series based on these videos can also be completed here). It helped reinforce that the articles linked to above were actually well targeted, and also touched on a wider spread of content, most of it still particularly relevant. Seeing I had a bit of time after I also read Matthew Hughes’ accompanying blog series to which you can find all the links on Michael’s page HTML5 Apps 70-480. I’d suggest it’s particularly wise to read up further on some of the more complex topics you’ll find in the last post – Matthew does a good job linking to extra resources worth reading.

That’s about did it – I found that was a decent amount of study to target my learning to the exam and pass relatively comfortably. I do have a fair bit of experience in these technologies however, so anyone with less may be interested in delving into the topics further using the resources below.

The first type I tracked down were the blogs which broke down the skills measured and targeted links to quality resources to study for them. There was an abundance of these and considering I didn’t use a particular one, I thought I’d list a few for consideration. You could use Chris Myers’ Microsoft Exam 70-480 Study Guide, Becky Bertram’s Exam 70-480 Study Guide, the post Exam 70-480 Study Material: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3, Adnan Masood’s Study Notes for 70-480 Programming HTML5 and CSS 3 Exam, Xtian’s Microsoft Exam 70-480 Certification Tips, Martin Bodocky’s 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 – Preparation links or the forum post by Robert Kaucher 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3. The list probably goes on and on, like I said there’s a lot of quality resources out there.

If clicking a million links isn’t your thing then Aidan Ryan created a series starting at Microsoft Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 With JavaScript and CSS3 where you can follow through reading his own study notes in the one place.

Then there’s always the paid options if you find you’re really stuck – the book Exam Ref 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 by Rick Delorme and the nugget series Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 by Garth Schulte of CBT Nuggets. Unfortunately for these guys, with the amount of free content which is available for this exam i’m not sure how necessary these options would be.

So that about covers it – as you can see there is no shortage of quality resources for this exam, and the content is actually quite interesting and enjoyable to learn so I’d encourage you to dive right into it, play around and complete the exam with a pretty short turn around time. Until next time – good luck!

29 Responses to How I passed 70-480

  1. thekdi says:

    How many hours did you spend studying for this exam?

    • Matt says:

      Hey there. It was a while ago that I sat for this so it’s hard to remember exactly. If I had to have a stab in the dark around how long I studied for it i’d say between 10-15h – probably closer to 10. Much less than I generally study for other SP-related exams that’s for sure. I was pretty confident going in though because I thought I would know the content and pass. Good luck!

  2. Kat says:

    how many questions will be there in exam and any idea on duration?

    • Matt says:

      Hey Kat. It’s been a while since I sat this one, but like most of the MS exams I believe this one was around the 40-50 question mark. You generally get around 2-2.5h or so to sit them but they rarely take that long to complete.

    • krishnasrikanth says:

      I took the exam recently. There were 49 questions with 150 minute time limit. I completed the test in 1 hour 10 mins itself.

  3. KUMAR says:

    hi Admin,
    i’m learning html5 ,css3 and javascript from the books -HTML AND CSS design and build websites(jon duckett) and Training Guide: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 (glenn jhonson).
    Are they sufficient? or should i’ve to find any other sources for this exam..
    Actually i want to become a web developer and i want to learn php,.net later mastering the above..
    please suggest me

    • Matt says:

      Hey Kumar. I’d suggest reading those 2 books would be enough preparation, especially if you’ve had hands on experience with the technologies. I’d also recommend watching the videos linked to on this page – they’re interesting enough to power through them and hopefully keep you interested.

  4. Rabih says:

    I have training guide of 70-480, but I need “Exam Ref 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3” ebook which i can’t find to download it for free and next week is my exam for 70-480. can you tell me where i can download it for free?

    • Matt says:

      You’re kidding, surely. If you want to read the book you should buy it, it’s only $30 or so. I just searched for it to find the price, and the first link was the book itself, go figure.

      • Danny says:

        Do you remenber what link that was?

        The Exam Ref: 70-480 book does not come out untill 28th of July 2014 (will probably get posponed again). I’ve been searching for the book as wel and the only reason I would like a free download for is to get it before its release date.

        I don’t realy understand why it takes so long to publisch that book. it’s initial release date was november 2013. Amazon doesn’t have it either but in some special way is is availeble second- hand on amazon.

        Thanx in advance.

  5. Suge says:

    Hello Matt,

    Did you study Node.JS for the exam…? Node.JS is in the training manual but not in the exam Ref 70-480..

    • Matt says:

      Hey Suge – when I took the exam I don’t believe node.js was a part of it or the study I did – but the exams can change over time and it’s been over a year since I took it! If it isn’t listed in the topics included in the exam though on Microsoft’s page then it’s safe to assume it wouldn’t be there, regardless of if it’s in a training manual. In terms of labs – unfortunately other than the resources I’ve included on this page I’m not aware of what else might be out there – with any luck there might be some more up to date write ups of what study material people used to pass this one available

  6. Suge says:

    Hello Matt,

    Do you know of any practice labs that will help…?



    • krishnasrikanth says: In my case, many questions came from this practice test as it is. Now I feel that I wasted efforts spending 3 months to learn the subject, where as I could have done just tests and pass the exam in 10 days.

      • Matt says:

        Hi Krishna, have to disagree with you there – learning the subject is not wasted effort. Passing an exam without learning the content would be wasted time and money. The certifications, aside from helping your company achieve competencies and looking semi-shiny on your resume, are otherwise essentially pointless unless you use them as a tool to focus your own learning and actually understand what you’re studying.

  7. Fibi says:

    Hi there! I’m planning to take this exams in February. Please what is the pass mark?

  8. Raktaank says:

    Hey matt, i have experience in html and css but i have bee studying js only froom books and tutotials.
    is it ok for me to give exam 70-480, as i have to upgrade my skills.
    Will i be able to pass it ?

  9. great details, thanks for sharing.

  10. Gordon Leek says:

    A superb package of information, resources and links. Thanks for posting…

  11. maulikshah90 says:

    Hi, i was thinking for doing microsoft 70-480. ?Is the course helpful for upgrade ?u can post reply on

  12. I am a groovy grails developer. Is this purely HTML, css3 related or Microsoft related stuff is also there.

    • Matt says:

      It’s been a while since I took this one, but from memory it was agnostic. Someone else may be able to correct me there. But if you know the topics independent of Microsoft my guess is you’d pass.

  13. micahhoover says:

    Thanks for all the suggestions here. A lot of the people I have read put a ton (30+) of hours into studying this and did really well. Glad to hear you put about the same effort as me and did as well as you did. Did you find the questions emphasized knowing specific method names? If so, were they usually obscure or more common? Or was it more like, ‘how would you work this’?

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  15. Thank you says:

    Thank you for being kind enough to place these materials for studying and giving your experiences. HTML5 is pretty good and is easy enough to learn. It’s really a matter of being able to remember most of the content for the exam topics.These materials just simply enhance your skills which is more important. Once the skills are there, the exam is just a matter of getting acquainted with the content and topics. But you should mention practice tests. They will be a good way of testing your skills. I just wanted to thank you for the time and effort you put into helping other. Good work.

  16. kiquenet says:

    more certifications you did? like 70-486 Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications and more

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