How to Prepare for the Adobe Analytics Business Practitioner Exam
Adobe Analytics is a powerful, versatile and flexible enterprise-level Analytics tool, but it does come with a steep learning curve. Google Analytics is a simpler tool for a beginner digital analyst to learn—without the complex terminology of Adobe's eVar and sProp custom tracking throwing off eager analysts at first glance.
However, once a user gets familiar with Adobe's functionality, it is arguably just as, if not more flexible and powerful than Google Analytics' enterprise offering (GA360). So, where do you start if you're looking to learn Adobe Analytics?
On the Google Analytics end, the initial path is clear, and relatively straightforward, leading up to the Google Analytics Individual Qualification, which is free, Open "Book" (Internet), and extremely easy for anyone remotely familiar with the ins-and-outs of Google Analytics.
But, if you're learning the Adobe Analytics side, how do you prove your knowledge? That's where the Adobe Analytics Business Practitioner Exam comes in. This exam costs $225 to take, and a passing mark is 30/50 questions or 60 percent. This may sound like an easy feat, but even for an experienced Adobe Analytics analyst like myself (3-4+ years of experience in the tool), it's a sound idea to study and prepare in order to be successful in this endeavor.
Upon passing this exam, the credential is valid for two years. If you are renewing an existing certification, this version comes with fewer questions (20/33 to pass) to re-up.
Regardless of which test type you're taking, this is where this blog post is here to help!
So, where should you start if you want to prepare for this exam? Let's organize the resources that Adobe provides:
Adobe provides a Free Readiness Questionnaire that can give you an initial grasp of if your experience aligns with the potential topics on the test itself. Assuming your results from this questionnaire lead you to proceed further, the next step is the Practice Test.
Adobe's Practice Test was the single most useful resource in my test preparation, giving me a nice proxy of what a test could potentially look like. Take this test genuinely (don't look up answers, because you can't on the real exam!) and see what score you get. Are you above 30/50? Do you feel like you have a decent "cushion" above that threshold? What questions did you get wrong? Note these to break out specific study areas based on what you find (you'll be able to see which you get wrong, and the correct answers once you take the test).
Once you've completed the Practice Exam, it's time to dive deep into the potential topics that could be on the exam itself according to Adobe's direct documentation here. What I will do in this post is outline the most relevant help articles/Adobe documentation for each area, to make this an organized and efficient process for you to study further.
Adobe breaks up the Business Practitioner Exam into five sections, each with specific weights of importance for the exam (weight in parenthesis). They are as follows:
- Business Analysis (26 percent)
- Reporting for Dashboard and Projects (30 percent)
- Segmentation and Calculated Metrics (22 percent)
- General Tool Knowledge and Troubleshooting (12 percent)
- Administration (10 percent)
Below I've shared some helpful resources for each section objective found in Adobe's exam guide.
Business Analysis Guide
This is the most straightforward of any of the sections and one will be best prepared for this area simply with experience working in Adobe Analytics for some time. If you've ever had a client ask for a specific business question to be answered with Adobe Analytics, or you've been involved in the documentation process of Adobe Analytics tracking, you'll be well set up to leverage these resources below.
|Test section||Helpful Links for study|
|Given a business need/question, identify the most appropriate reporting strategy to perform an analysis||Adobe Analytics Operational Playbook|
|Analyze data to answer business questions and recommend new optimization hypotheses||Analysis Workspace Video Overview|
|Given a business need/question, identify the most appropriate reporting strategy to perform an analysis||Adobe Conversion Funnels|
|Interpret Solution Design Reference (SDR) to determine what data is available in reports||Adobe SDR Guide
SDR + Observepoint (Bounteous)
Observepoint SDR Steps
|Analyze report data to summarize and draw conclusions||Actionable Insights with Adobe Analytics
Analyze with Analysis Workspace
|Investigate outliers and anomalies in reports||Adobe Anomaly Detection overview
Anomaly Detection technical details
Reporting and Dashboarding for Projects Guide
This section really comes down to your experience with tools that utilize Adobe Analytics data: Analysis Workspace, Data Warehouse, Mobile Scorecards, etc.
|Test section||Helpful Links for Study|
|Consider the advantages of using a reporting tool based on a given scenario||Analysis Workspace Overview
Data Warehouse Overview
Mobile Scorecards Overview
|Compare fallout and flow visualization and appropriate variable types for reporting||Fallout Visualization Overview
Flow Visualization Overview
|Apply the process to schedule Projects and Data Warehouse||Data Warehouse Overview
Scheduling Projects Recurring) With Data Warehouse
|Apply the process to share Projects and Reporting and Analytics dashboards for different users and/or groups||Sharing Projects in Adobe Analytics
Curation and Sharing in Analysis Workspace
|Apply the process to set Alerts||Alerts Overview
Alert Builder Overview
|Apply the process to look up the dimensions/components||Components Overview for Analysis Workspace|
|Apply the process to create a visualization||Visualizations Overview for Analysis Workspace|
|Given a scenario, determine the appropriate item to use||Analysis Workspace Panels Overview|
|Apply the process to create, configure, and use mobile scorecards
||Mobile Scorecards Overview|
Segmentation and Calculated Metrics Guide
Segmentation and calculated metrics lie at the heart of using Adobe Analytics in a smart and flexible way. Understanding how to best use these features allows you to personalize your Adobe Analytics usage to answer key business questions.
|test section||helpful links for study|
|Determine how to develop and configure segments||Adobe Analytics Segmentation Overview|
|Apply the process to share segments with others in the organization||Sharing Segments in Adobe Analytics|
|Compare segments||Segment Comparison Visualization|
|Apply segments to Projects and Components||Segments in Analysis Workspace|
|Apply the process to generate calculated and/or segmented metrics||Building Calculated Metrics
General Tool Knowledge & Troubleshooting Guide
Knowing how to analyze information properly in Adobe Analytics can allow you to more easily spot and fix critical issues.
|Test section||helpful links for study|
|Analyze reports and identify data quality issues||Adobe Anomaly Detection overview
Spikes & drops in Data
Intelligent Data Smoothing
|Define different types of dimensions and parameters existing in Adobe Analytics (eVars, props, and events)||eVars in Adobe Analytics
Props in Adobe Analytics
Props vs. eVars in Adobe Analytics
Events in Adobe Analytics
Success Events in Adobe Analytics
|Determine how to bring data in and out of Adobe Analytics||Getting Data Out of Adobe Analytics:
-Adobe Report Builder
-Adobe Live Stream
Analytics Import Guide for Adobe:
-Data Insertion API
|Identify information from marketing URLs||Campaign Tracking in Adobe Analytics
URL Tracking in Adobe Analytics
Knowing how to set-up the back-end features that drive Adobe Analytics are key to your digital analytics success.
|test section||helpful links for study|
|Apply the process to configure the Marketing Channel reports with Marketing Channel processing rules||Get Started with Marketing Channels
Analyze Marketing Channels
Marketing Channel Processing Rules
|Apply the process to configure Classification Importer and Rule Builder||Classification Importer Overview
Classification Data Files
Classification Rule Builder Workflow
Classification Rule Sets
|Apply the process to configure a virtual report suite based upon an existing segment||Virtual Report Suites Overview
Virtual Report Suite Creation
|Use the Data Feed Manager Admin UI||Data Feeds Management UI|
|Understanding of data governance||Data Governance Settings
Data Governance FAQs
Taking the Adobe Analytics Business Practitioner Test
Once you have studied and are ready to take the test, you have a few options:
Option One: Online (Virtually Proctored)
Adobe is currently offering multiple options and vendors given COVID.
If you are reading this in a post-pandemic world, first off, congrats! Second off, this option may no longer be available.
If you are taking your exam virtually, a few quick tips:
- Install the software necessary prior to the exam and ensure the software has the relevant permissioning to record your screen, audio, video, etc.
- Read the specific requirements of the vendor for the test to be prepared.
Option Two: In-Person
You are able to schedule your exam here, and choose your date/time and preferred vendor option—just be ready to pay when you schedule your exam.
Upon completion of the test, you get a notice immediately if you have "preliminary passed" or not, and a few days later, you get your official score (you do not get information on which questions you get right or wrong, only a summary score, and overall breakdowns by section).
If you do not pass the test on your first attempt, you are able to retake the exam again by rescheduling (you do need to pay the fee twice).
If you do pass, share out your results and go forth and use your wealth of Adobe Analytics knowledge. Good luck on the test!