Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014

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This exam is intended for SQL Server database administrators, system engineers, and developers with two or more years of experience, who are seeking to validate their skills and knowledge in writing queries.


In December 2015, this exam was evaluated for applicability to both SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014. It was determined that no updates to exam objectives were required.

Part of the requirements for: MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014

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  • 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014

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    This exam is intended for SQL Server database administrators, system engineers, and developers with two or more years of experience, who are seeking to validate their skills and knowledge in writing queries.

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Skills measured

  • Create database objects (20-25%)
  • Work with data (25-30%)
  • Modify data (20-25%)
  • Troubleshoot and optimize (25-30%)

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