Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Practice Exam

Value of the Exam

   ✍   The Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification adds a dazzle to your portfolio in the world of Visualization and Data Analytics. The test assesses your ability to comprehensively perform advanced analytical activities. By this test, Tableau confirms you are well-acquainted with all the functionalities of the product and also can solve complex problems.

Cost and Expiry

   ✍   The Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification cost is $250. The Validity of the Certified Associate certificate is 2 years. To pass the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam you need to score 75% from 36 multiple-choice questions in 120 minutes. Our free Practice Test with sample questions below will give you a complete experience of the main exam.

Official Exam Guide

   ✍   You can download the Exam Syllabus from the 'References' section in the Menu above. There is no eligibility criterion for the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam, however we recommend you to be working in Tableau for atleast 20-24 weeks before taking this exam. For mock tests, complete our Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Practice Exam below. To schedule the main exam with Tableau when you are ready, choose 'Schedule Exam' from the References Menu above. You can read more on the official Tableau site.

Planning the Actual Exam

   ✍   Even after exhaustive practice, detailed understanding of the actual Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam is beneficial in eliminating any surprises. We have a detailed description for you on the Rules and Regulations of the Exam, Scheduling the Exam, Rescheduling and Fees, Setting up the Environment for your Exam, Role of the Proctor, and more - all in this article.

   ✍   Welcome to the Free Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Practice Exam. This exam is more detailed and has tougher questions than our Free Practice Exam for Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification. You will be assessed on more complex scenarios and problems which you are expected to solve using Tableau. Every question here have been delicately created by our Certified Tableau professionals, and will challenge you with complex scenarios from various topics. Our pool of Tableau resources continue to grow every day, making this test even better with time. All our questions in this practice exam are part of the course content for this certification.

   ✍   Refer the 'References' section from the Menu above to get the Certified Associate Guide. With this practice exam, you will get a good vibe of what the actual exam feels like. Even more challenging content awaits you in our Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Premium Exam. If you are struggling on some questions during this practice exam, or if you are not able to pass this practice exam, or if you score 100% in this practice exam, chances are you will get similar results in the actual exam.

   ✍   The passing score in this test is 75%. You will have 36 new questions in every attempt. Time limit is 90 minutes. Much like the actual exam, but tighter, where you get 2 hours. Please do not refresh the page during the exam. The Datasets for the test are available in the menu above.

How to Create a Rounded Bar Chart?

   ✍   Rounded Bar Charts often help design a bar chart in an aesthetic way. To blend in to a smooth view for our customized visualization this technique can be leveraged. Bars continue to be a robust tool to compare values of categorical data, however with the curved endings we might encounter precision issues. We need to be careful of scenarios where the bar curves might extend it's endings below the minimum value, or above the maximum value. The steps below walk us through how to create a Rounded Bar Chart.

How to Create a Lollipop Chart?

   ✍   Lollipop Charts offer a visual alternative to side-by-side bar chart, or a Gantt chart. It is basically a bar plot, where the bar is transformed in a line and a dot. A Lollipop Chart shows the relationship between a numeric and a categoric variable. The main advantage of a Lollipop Chart is it is much less cluttered as compared to a standard bar chart. Thus effectively we avoid a MoirĂ© effect, which is a visual perception when viewing a set of lines or dots that is superimposed on another set of lines or dots. The presentation below shows how to create a Lollipop Chart.

How to Create a Barbell Chart?

   ✍   Barbell Charts or Dumbbell Dot Plots illustrates the change between two or more data points. It is a composite chart with circles and lines, and exceptionally effective in illustrating changes or distance between groups of data points. The Barbell Chart compares categorical data, and uses circles to highlight values, and bars to measure the gap. The Barbell chart is also known as DNA chart, Gap chart, Dumbbell chart, and Connected Dot Plot. Below we can see the steps on how to create a Dumbbell Chart.

How to Create a Bar in Bar Chart?

   ✍   Bar in Bar Charts stack one bar over another bar. The bars are customized with unique colors, and unique width, so that they are distinguishable from each other. Bar in Bar charts are useful for comparing measures for different periods, or showing progress towards a goal, when both bars have the same starting point. The steps to create a Bar in Bar chart are as below.

How to Create a Stacked Bar Chart?

   ✍   Stacked Bar Charts allow comparison of components across categories. They are used to show how a larger category is divided into smaller sub-categories, and what the relationship of each part has on the total amount. Stacked Bar Charts help easily identify which series contributes for making one total bigger or smaller than another, compare Sales of USA Regions for a Store. However for bars far away from the axis, it becomes visually complex to compare their sizes.    ✍   A Stacked Bar Chart can be of 2 types, the Simple Stacked Bar Chart displays the full value of the bar with the corresponding Segment Values, whereas a 100% Stacked Bar Chart shows the percentage of every Segment in relation to the whole value. We can find the steps on how to create a Stacked Bar chart of both types below.

   ✍   Another approach to create a Stacked Bar Chart is demonstrated below. It is helpful when we want to display multiple measures contributing to individual members of a dimension. This approach can then be further modified to have a Simple or 100% Stacked Bar Chart like above. The steps to create such a Stacked Bar Chart with few selected measures are walked through below.

How to Create a Radial Bar Chart?

   ✍   Radial Bar Charts allows us to create attractive visualization designs. The bars are displayed on a Polar coordinate system instead of a Cartesian system. In a Radial Bar Chart, the lengths of the bars cannot be used to compare values, as the bars on the outside will be longer than the bars inside for the same value. Radial Bar Charts can be used in a variety of scenarios to derive insights from data.

How to Create a Radial Column Chart?

   ✍   Radial Column Charts are a variation of the standard vertical column charts. The bars are projected outwards from the center in this chart type. The heights of the different bars help determine outliers and provides details for comparative study. This chart type is difficult to read if the number of members increases or the data values are close to each other. Radial Column Chart can help create stunning visuals.

How to Create a Doughnut Chart?

   ✍   Doughnut Charts are an alternate version of Pie Charts with a hole in the center. It helps to measure part to whole relationship. A Doughnut Chart offers improved readability by allowing the user to focus on the length of the arc of a slice, instead of the size of the slice like in a Pie Chart. The space inside the hole is often efficiently used for labelling the data and adding useful metadata. We can even display two or more sets of data by showing two rings instead of one, each ring with its own number of slices.

How to Create a Pareto Chart?

   ✍   Pareto Charts help identify the vital (20%) inputs producing the maximum (80%) results. It effectively displays the inputs in order of importance. Vilfredo Pareto (1848 - 1923), noticed that 20% of the pea pods in his garden were responsible for 80% of the peas. Pareto expanded this principle to macroeconomics by showing that 80% of the wealth in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. The 80-20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle, was introduced in 1906.
   ✍   Above we saw how the % of Total Sales and % of Product Count are closely following the 80-20 rule. Now we will complete the Pareto Chart by adding the Sales of each Product Sub-Category in descending order to identify the members driving the highest Sales.

How to Create a Gauge Chart?

   ✍   Gauge Charts are similar to Pie Charts, with the addition of a needle to indicate the data value. Gauge Charts help depict the change of a linear progressive value, or the change of different entities over a common parameter. Gauge Charts are widey used to illustrate Key Performance Indicators across all industry domains. The steps to create a Gauge Chart are detailed as below.

How to Create a Thermometer Chart?

   ✍   Thermometer Charts help visualize the actual value of a measure as compared to a target value. The amount of completion can be easily deciphered by looking at the chart without even going into the details. A Thermometer Chart is very stylish and has an impactful presence in any dashboard. The chart is commonly expressed as a percentage of the whole, with a darker color representing the progress on a lighter colored space yet to be filled up.

How to Create a Span Chart?

   ✍   Span Charts instantly reflect the difference between the values of two data points. The difference is either between the maximum value and minimum value of the same category, or between the values from two distinct categories. The endings of the Span chart are often formatted for appealing chart designs. A Span Chart is also known as Floating Bar Chart, Difference Chart, High-Low Chart, Range Bar Chart, etc. It creates space for adding more useful details by eliminating the bases of the chart.

How to Create a Waterfall Chart?

   ✍   Waterfall Charts are a form of data visualization that help in understanding the cumulative effect of sequentially introduced positive or negative values. These intermediate values can either be time based or category based, and helps understand the flow how one balance moved to another balance. The Waterfall Chart is also known as Flying Bricks chart or Mario chart. Often in finance, it will be referred to as a Bridge Chart.

The Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Practice Exam

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   ✍   The Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam evaluates the knowledge required for an individual to perform advanced analytical tasks using Tableau. This means you must be able to derive complex insights from data using the tool and be ready to create calculations if needed instantly as and when required. Some of the main concepts of Order of Operations, Level of Detail expressions should be at your fingertips and there cannot be any delay in answering or implementing these concepts.

Essential Training

   ✍   We expect you to be thoroughly familiar with the topics in the Tableau Help Guide. But we do understand it is not possible to retain each an everything, so do keep practicing as many quizzes as possible to revise and improve your knowledge retention. The Tableau Tutorial Videos are a must-watch if you have not taken any other online courses, the videos are bite=sized and a few of them can easily be completed in one seating. Thus with a few seatings you can cover most of the training videos.

Real-time Evaluations

   ✍   If you are not sure about your preparation, and wondering whether you are ready to pass the expensive examination, take our practice tests here and assess yourself. If you pass our mock tests, give yourself a pat on the back! If you are struggling in any of the problems here, you will surely struggle during the actual exam. So we recommend while taking our practice tests, after every incorrect answer, review our explanation and solution provided carefully for 15-20 seconds before moving to the next one. This way you will increase your chances of scoring higher with every attempt.

Order of Operations

   ✍   We want to emphasize on Tableau Order of Operations and the critical role it plays in the Tableau world. It is highly recommended that you get comfortable with it with as much practice as required. Let's visit something which we are already familiar with to understand the significance of Order of Operations. Do you remember PEMDAS (US), BEDMAS (Canada, New Zealand), or BODMAS (UK, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Australia), BIDMAS (UK) when you were learning Mathematics?

   ✍   In mathematics and computer programming, the order of operations (or operator precedence) is a collection of rules that reflect conventions about which procedures to perform first in order to evaluate a given mathematical expression. Using these conventions we eliminate notational ambiguity, while allowing notation to be as brief as possible. Where it is desired to override the precedence conventions, or even simply to emphasize them, parentheses ( ) can be used to indicate an alternative order of operations (or to simply reinforce the default order of operations).

   ✍   For example, (2 + 3) × 4 = 20 forces addition to precede multiplication, while (3 + 5)² = 64 forces addition to precede exponentiation. If multiple pairs of parentheses are required in a mathematical expression (such as in the case of nested parentheses), the parentheses may be replaced by brackets or braces to avoid confusion, as in [2 × (3 + 4)] − 5 = 9.

   ✍   In Tableau, we have a similar set of Order of Operations which is handling our queries all the time whether we use them explicitly or not. Let's take a look at each of the Operations and their Order.
The list here consists of the major types of filters, along with the other Tableau filters like Level of Detail Calculations, Table Calculations, Totals, and Reference Lines. As the animation shows, the order is from top to bottom.

   ✍   Extract Filters can be defined as pre-condition filters before Extract creation. The Extract Filter is used to filter out the data while creating the extract. Example: Let’s say we have database with the data for different countries as shown below: USA - 5000 rows, Canada - 2000 rows, India - 10000 rows, Australia - 1500 rows If we apply the Extract filters to bring the data only for USA (Country=USA), Tableau creates the Extract (.tde) just for the Country USA and ignore the data for all other countries. Size of the Extract is always proportionate the Extract filters.
   ✍   Data Source Filters can be defined as post-condition filters while displaying the data in the Visualizations (applies to the query while pulling the data from extract) and won’t apply during the extract creation. Applying Data source filters won’t change to the volume data and size of the extract. Instead data source filters applies the filters to the background query when we use any of the dimensions or measures in the visualizations. Example: If we apply the Data Source filters to bring the data only for USA (Country=USA), Tableau creates the Extract (.tde) with the full volume of the data for all countries (not only for USA) and there won’t be any relationship between the data source filters and the size of the extract.
   ✍   Context Filter can be considered as an independent filter. Any other filters that you set are defined as dependent filters because they process only the data that passes through the context filter. We may create a context filter to improve performance. Since if we set a lot of filters or have a large data source, the queries can be slow. We can set one or more Context filters to improve performance. We can also create Context filters to create a dependent numerical or top N filter. We can set a context filter to include only the data of interest, and then set a numerical or a top N filter.

   ✍   Dimension Filter is the default behavior when we add a Filter say for USA (Country=USA). One of the most common type of confusion we encounter is when to use Dimension filter and when to use Context filter. If we already have a Context filter on UK (Country=UK), then my USA Dimension filter will return zero rows. This is because Context filter is applied before Dimension filter in the Order of Operations.

   ✍   Measure Filter is pretty straightforward. We can see it in active use when we simply drag a Measure (say Sales) to the Filters Shelf and use to limit data for a range say from Sales value 1000 to the max possible value. We can choose Sum of Sales, or right click and drag Sales to the Filters Shelf to see more aggregation options.

   ✍   Let's consider a scenario where we want to add Category filter on Furniture, but do not want our Total Sales value to change. This can be created by creating a calculation called Total Sales as { Fixed: Sum( Sales) }. Now if we add Total Sales and Sales both to our view along with the Category Furniture filter, and Sales > 1000 filter, we will see Total Sales still shows the overall Total Sales ignoring all filters, whereas Sales shows the resultant Sales value calculated after applying the Category and Sales > 1000 filter.
   ✍   Forecasting in Tableau is an useful feature when we want to predict the future values based on an existing dataset. Let's say for a Super Store we want to identify the Upper Prediction Interval of Sales for October 2014, but we only have data till 2013 in the SuperStore Dataset. The Upper Prediction Interval is the value above which the true future value will lie 'confidence level' percent of the time assuming a high quality model. The 'confidence level' percentage is controlled by the Prediction Interval setting in the Forecast Options dialog box. It can be done as below.
   ✍   We can get more information about the performance of the model in Tableau by clicking Describe Forecast in the Analysis Menu. You will see some common fit statistics for forecasts there. One of the most widely used is MAPE (Mean, Absolute, Percentage, Error), which is a comparison tool to evaluate forecasts. The simplest rule is the lower the MAPE, the better when comparing models.
   ✍   Total (calculated) comes next in the Order of Operations and provides us options to aggregate totals and sub-totals using the data in the view. We can add Row Grand Totals, Column Grand Totals, and also display Subtotals. We can modify the default alignments if required from bottom to top, or from right to left as needed. Instead of Sum, the Total can be customized by a 'Total All Using' option to use Average, or reflect the Maximum and Minimum values in our views.
   ✍   Table Calculations in Tableau supports a variety of analytical activities. There are two important concepts in understanding table calculations: partitioning and addressing. The dimensions that define how to group the calculation (the scope of data it is performed on) are called partitioning fields. The table calculation is performed separately within each partition. Partitioning fields break the view up into multiple sub-views (or sub-tables), and then the table calculation is applied to the marks within each such partition.

   ✍   The remaining dimensions, upon which the table calculation is performed, are called addressing fields, and determine the direction of the calculation. The direction in which the calculation moves (for example, in calculating a running sum, or computing the difference between values) is determined by the addressing fields.

   ✍   The most frequently used Table Calculations are LOOKUP (expression, [offset]), ZN (), TOTAL (), WINDOW_AVG (expression, [start, end]), ABS (), RANK (expression, ['asc'|'desc’]), INDEX (), FIRST (), LAST(), and CONTAINS (expression, expression to search for). The below presentation demonstrates examples of each of these important functions.

Mandatory Tutorials

   ✍   We would recommend the below tutorial videos for your learning. This is our curated collection of some of the best tutorial videos on Tableau to help build a solid foundation. Each of the videos detail on various aspects of the tool and practical use-cases. Even if you are not able to complete watching the below Tableau tutorials in a single seating, make a plan to revisit them until you are confident of your skills. A strong Tableau foundation will ensure you are able to handle tough questions down the road and build an impressive profile with more complex activities.
   ✍   Download and Install Tableau from the Menu above. The below tutorial provides an industry-leading experience of Tableau learning along with detailed hands-on demos. Practicing, as we know, is an essential component of effective Tableau learning. If any of the topics need revisiting, ensure you keep practicing and do follow-up reading and research for more clarifications as needed. We move to our next level only when we face such challenges.
   ✍   The below tutorial walks through all the functionalities and analytical capabilities provided by Tableau, and how to make the best use of them for our data analysis purpose. If you have a second monitor or laptop, keep practicing the activities demonstrated as the videos progress. This will provide appropriate practice along the way.
   ✍   The below tutorial is aimed at giving you a comprehensive exposure to the Tableau experience. The videos may seem pretty long after watching all the above and now this, but these concepts will make your Tableau life much easier in future.
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   ✍   One of the most common questions we get asked is about our experience with the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam, or how do we pass the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam. We will explore more on this now, and provide you with essential guides and key best practices that you can implement before and during the exam. This will help you acquire the coveted Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certificate in a single attempt. Learn more on our Top Tips to pass the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam.

Tip #1: Know your Exam

   ✍   Understanding what the exam evaluates you on helps anticipate key patterns and predict the types of questions. We would want you to go through the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Exam Guide from the References section of the Menu above. Also solve the sample problems in the guide to get a crisp idea of the entire exam. The questions in the Guide are designed to touch upon all the topics of the Exam, and these free questions will help you assess how difficult the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Exam is. If you are struggling in any of the questions, keep a note and then revisit the topics to improve your knowledge.

Tip #2: Essential Videos

   ✍   If you have not taken any online courses yet, we would recommend to fully complete the Official Tableau Tutorial Videos besides other text guides you might be referring. The visual presentation of alteast one video tutorial course will equip you with an end-to-end experience of the tool. Moreover, the official Tableau video tutorials are of excellent quality and provides small tutorial videos on each topic that can be watched sequentially. Complement this with the Official Tableau Help Guide as you proceed, and you have a winning combination of video and documented tutorials. Read more on Tableau Tutorial Videos in the 'How to Prepare' section above. Let's take a look into some videos for Advanced Learning.

   ✍   Table Calculations is a key analytical tool to perform various analytical tasks and creating visualizations. The below tutorial by Tableau Ambassador Anthony Smoak provides effective insights in this topic. It will help you realize the what, why, and the how of behind the scenes actions as we use the Tableau Table Calculations.
   ✍   Table Calculations continues to fill our world as we are presented with another spectacular video from Tableau Zen Master Andy Kriebel. Andy is also the Head Coach of The Information Lab Data School in London. You will learn some interesting use cases of Table Calculations, and why they form an integral part of Tableau.
   ✍   Level of Detail (LOD) Expressions is a key concept to fully tame the prowess of Tableau. Bora Beran, Product Manager at Tableau, walks us through FIXED, INCLUDE, EXCLUDE and more in this thoroughly detailed video on Tableau LODs. Knowledge of Level of Detail Expressions is essential for the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam to solve practical problems effectively.
   ✍   Parameters in Tableau allow for an increased level of flexibility to the end-user. Values can be selected from a menu, or provided manually, to retrieve analytical results dynamically from stunning dashboards to perform in-depth and interactive analysis. The below tutorial by Tableau Zen Master Andy Kriebel helps us understand the capabilities of a parameter and how it fits into our analytical world.

Tip #3: Key Focus Areas

   ✍   The Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam tests you on various Conceptual and Practical Questions which you need to answer correctly. For the overall guide and topics included in this exam, please download the Exam Guide from the References section in the Menu. Among them, we would want to highlight a few key areas which will help you keep those % points intact. Firstly, be very thorough with all the Level of Detail expressions. The next key topics are Order of Operations, Table Calculations, and Chart Types. It is important to be fully aware of the intricate details of Chart Types, say the First Quartile of a Box and Whisker plot.    ✍   The additional concepts that we need to be completely aware of are - Extract vs Live connections, Blends, Joins, Unions, Reference Lines and the ANOVA table, Interactive elements in Dashboards, designing a Story, Dimension, Measure, Discrete and Continuous fields. These are some of the key areas where candidates tend to stumble when questions get complex, or when the scenarios presented are unique. With consistent practice and practice tests, these topics can be brought under control.

Tip #4: Practice

   ✍   Practice is the heart and soul of Tableau. Our recommended practice experience for the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam is 20-24 weeks. Strategic reading, practical problems solving, and frequent real-time evaluation assessment tests with unique sets of problems are crucial aspects of getting ready for the exam. You will find you are saving more energy for the complex problems during the main exam after you practice our unique tests. Since every practice test at LearnTableau.Technology gives you a unique set of questions exactly like the main exam, you can be confident of your preparation if you consistently score well in our tests.

Tip #5: Google

   ✍   The Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam allows candidates to search for information online during the exam. A few key tips needs to be mentioned for making effective use of this freedom during the exam. It is best not to search more than 5-10 mins to find an answer during the exam. If you have not found the answer readily and promptly within the first couple of minutes, chances are it will not be found and you will be losing precious minutes. Make sure to read more the Rules and Regulations of the Exam related to online searching at the end of this article.    ✍   Coming to search results prioritization, it is best to first visit the Official Tableau Guides and Tableau Help articles from your online search results. This is because the questions are often framed similar to the documents in the Official Tableau Guides. And chances are high that you will get the answer and information you are looking for in a dedicated section from the Official Tableau Help Guide. We recommend trying to answer the questions where possible by exploring the Menus and Features inside the tool itself. Many questions from Trend Models and Analysis can be best answered using the tool.

Tip #6: Get to the answer

   ✍   During the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam, remember that the goal is to arrive at the answer by any method that works. Tableau does not enforce any specific approach to get to your answers as long as you get it right. Thus whether you create a Country filter to derive the Customer Sales, or you write a FIXED calculation to filter by UK does not matter. The more you are comfortable with Level of Detail expressions, Table Calculations, Order of Operations, Types of Joins - the easier it will be for you to tackle the questions during the exam.

Tip #7: See the smaller pictures

   ✍   The questions in the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Exam will often contain multiple criterion attached to it when processing a scenario. If you have been practicing our mock tests here, you will start to get a feel and get used to it. To avoid risk of rework, it is important to remember during the exam to first pay attention to these smaller building blocks which often has a variety of filters and aggregation logics. Once these are in place, you know you have the view ready on which you can analyze to derive your answers.

   ✍   Our practice test above comes with Unlimited Attempts in unique devices, with Unique Set of Questions in every attempt. The Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Practice test above also includes a Free Tableau Advanced Essentials Certificate if you pass. Achieve 75% from 36 unique questions to pass exam above. For an unprecedented simulation of the actual exam, take our Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Certification Premium Exam. The Premium questionnaire series has undergone rigorous stress test from our experts, and sparkles with quality and content coverage. The questions will never be more complex in the actual exam than what the Premium questionnaire offers. Every question in the Premium Exam is fine-tuned to cater to each topic of the Exam to help you move up to the next level.

Tableau assesses your skills on different categories - Concepts, Simplifying and Preparing Data, Chart Types, Analyzing Data using Calculations, Deriving Trends, Forecasting, Statistical Analysis, and creating Insights by Interactive Dashboards. You can download the Certified Associate Guide from the 'References' in the Menu above. Being strong in only one area and appearing for the exam can prove fatal. Unless you are well adept in every area, you are taking a gamble on your luck. Improving your score in Tableau is possible only through rigorous practice and well-planned topic areas to study. If you would like further guidance, take our practice tests, then use the Contact option from the menu and reach out to us. Mention which email id you used to give the exam and when you gave the exam. We will review your results and send you a personalized feedback.

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The questions span across all categories from conceptual, to interactive insight-driven dashboards, to simplifying various types of data, and to analyzing and exploring data using calculations. To protect data quality of our exams you only get one attempt for the free test. For more free attempts learn here. The Datasets for the test are available in the menu above. Based on the scores of thousands of test takers, we would advise you to be active in Tableau for at least 20-24 weeks with various hands-on and theoretical problems before attempting this test to make the most out of this opportunity.

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   ✍   Exams are non-refundable. To reschedule your Exam, you can choose the Reschedule option from the Loyalist Exam Services (LES) Dashboard. There is a $5 fee if you are rescheduling your Exam within 24 hours of the Exam Start time.

Missed Exam

   ✍   If you do not show up for the Exam and the Proctor could not reach you, you will be charged a Proctor-sitting fee of around $10-$15. You can reach out to for queries on charges and fees.

   ✍   The Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Exam allows utilizing online, public resources within the virtual exam environment such as Google or Tableau Online Help. You are not allowed access to your local machine or any site allowing for interactive communication. You cannot access any private websites that require a login and are not allowed to take notes or have any material on your desk.

The Exam requires you to agree to the below conditions to proceed with the examination:

Rule #1:

You must be in a room alone, with no distractions, throughout the course of your Exam. Your proctors will ask you to rotate your webcam to ensure your area only contains items permitted by Tableau.

Rule #2:

You should have a Government issued Photo ID ready to show to your Proctor.

Rule #3:

Desktop computer or laptop only (tablets, Chromebook and cell phones do not meet the requirements). Your device must be connected to a power source.

Rule #4:

Webcam, microphone, speaker must remain on during the entire duration of the test.

Rule #5:

An External Monitor can be used only if the following requirements are met:
• The Laptop Display settings show the Monitor to be used (ie. Show Desktop only on....)
• The Laptop is closed
• A Webcam is provided from the External Monitor
• An external Keyboard and External Mouse is added

Rule #6:

Your desk must be clear of any miscellaneous items, notebooks, gadgets, papers.

Rule #7:

To meet system requirements, your computer will need to receive a ready status for webcam, microphone, operating system, browser version, and connection speed. Your Proctor will guide you during the computer setup verification activities.

Rule #8:

Internet speed must be at least 4 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not allowed.

Rule #9:

Only one computer screen is active. If you use multiple monitors, you must disconnect auxiliary monitors and face them away from you. Please check your screen resolution settings to ensure are not set to an extended display setting.

Rule #10:

Use your phone only if your Proctor is trying to reach you while setting up the system. Before starting the exam, make sure your phone or headphones are not in the exam area.

Rule #11:

You cannot leave your seat during the entire duration of the exam. So we suggest to keep some drink or water nearby.

Rule #12:

The Proctor should be able to see you during the entire duration of the test. You cannot talk to anyone except the Proctor during the exam.

Rule #13:

Disable any pop-up blockers. A pop-up will appear to confirm that you would like to enter into the GoToMeeting to start the Exam process.

Rule #14:

You must close and remove all Remote Software applications and virtual machines as running processes. This refers to programs that allow for your session to be viewed, controlled, or recorded remotely by another party or computer.

Rule #15:

Any automatic software updates have been disabled for the duration of the Exam. These updates could cause your computer to restart during your Exam, causing the Exam session to be invalid.

Rule #16:

Your corporate firewall may prevent you from taking your Exam. If you choose to take your Exam from your office, please confirm with your IT department that network restrictions will not prevent you from successfully connecting to your remote proctor.

System Setup:

   ✍   The Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Exam requires an environment with optimal connectivity speed between 4 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload, Google Chrome browser, webcam, microphone and an isolated seating arrangement. On the Loyalty Exam Services dashboard, a countdown timer will reflect how much time is left before you can begin the Exam.

Countdown Timer:

   ✍   When the countdown timer comes down to 60 seconds prior to your scheduled Exam time, a Take your Exam button will appear in it's place. Proceed and make sure your webcam and microphone are enabled. LES says you cannot connect early, but there is a 15 minute grace period if you arrive late.

Connect to Proctoring:

   ✍   Once you proceed, you will get the tab Start Exam" to begin your Scheduled Exam.
   ✍   Next when you click "Connect to Proctoring, there is a delay where you are expected to wait until you see a Proceed button. The wait time can vary between 10-30 minutes.

ID Verification:

   ✍   When you click on Proceed, a GoToMeeting session will be launched which will be used for the entire duration of the Exam. Get ready now with your Government issued ID for verification with the Proctor. The Proctor will contact you via phone or email if there are any issues. When requested by the Proctor, you will start your ID verification by holding your Government issued Photo ID infront of the webcam, wait for a few seconds to focus until the Proctor can clearly see the details and confirms you.

Environment Review:

   ✍   The Proctor will then require you to rotate your webcam 360° to make sure you are alone in the room, your desk is clear, and there are no unauthorized display screens or monitors around you. This essentially requires standing up with your laptop and turning it 360° so that the Proctor can see. If your connection fluctuates, or there are miscellaneous items in your room or desk, this step can take awhile.

Agree to continue:

   ✍   Once the Proctor has completed your ID verification and environment review, a list of Rules and Agreements of the Exam will be read out to you, same as the ones mentioned above. You are required to audibly confirm Okay for each Rule mentioned by the Proctor. The Proctor will then help you get connected to the internet server where you will receive the optimal upload and download speed. This entire process can take 10-40 minutes. At any time if you face issues, you can reach out to 855-EXAMITY or email

Virtual Machine Access

   ✍   Now that you are all set, the Proctor will help you connect to a Virtual Machine which has Tableau installed, along with all the data files required for your Exam. At the beginning of the Exam will be information about how to answer the questions, how to flag the questions you want to come back at later, etc. You get an additional 5 minutes to go through these instructions.

Feel at Home

   ✍   As you start answering the questions, you will realize the questions are similar to the ones you practiced above at the Free Complete Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Practice Exam, the Premium Desktop Certified Associate Practice Exam, the Premium Tableau Connecting Data Exam, the Premium Tableau Analyzing Data Exam, the Premium Tableau Sharing Insights Exam, and the Premium Tableau Concepts Exam. Our extremely affordable brilliant exams will now help you breeze through the main Exam questions.

Slow and Steady

   ✍   There is no need to rush as there is ample time, if you have been able to pass our Practice Exams above, you will comfortably score more than 90% and also finish answering all the questions in 40-45 minutes in this Main Exam. The questions are multiple-choice and some have more than one correct answers, so besides radio buttons you also have checkboxes. You can access Google or Tableau Help Guide from the browsers inside the Virtual Machine. You cannot use any application from your local machine during the exam. The Virtual Machine does not have Microsoft Excel to make sure you only use Tableau to derive your answers.

Mouse, Keyboard & Display

   ✍   Since you will working in a Remote Virtual Machine, your mouse clicks and response times will often be delayed by a few milliseconds, not enough to hamper the exam though. Also Alt+Tab will not work to switch between windows in your exam environment since it is in a virtual machine, you can switch windows manually which is what most candidates do. Or else if you have the luxury of a large screen monitor, you might put the questions window and Tableau application side by side as you answer the questions. Make sure to read more on External Monitors in the Rules of the Exam section above.

Mark Questions for Later

   ✍   As a best practice, we recommend flagging and marking questions that might require online searches, or if you are not sure of, and then skip to the next one. Once you reach the end of the test after finishing all the questions you were confident in, revisit the marked questions one by one. This enables efficient use of your time, nervous stability, and moral energy.

Searching for Answers

   ✍   During online search, prioritize the search results from the Tableau Help Articles first, usually the Help Articles of Tableau are precise and you should be able to find the answer in 10-15 seconds. The Exam questions sometimes even contain exact text from the Tableau Help Articles, though this trend is becoming less prevalent now. The exam prohibits you from logging into any website, or chatting with anyone during the exam. Only information search is allowed.    ✍   Move on to the other search results if you have finished searching from the Tableau Help Guides. We recommend to answer the questions using Tableau instead of searching online as it is often faster that way. Questions where you have to answer on Menu options, Marks card properties, Analytics pane features, Dashboard actions and similar can be easily verified using Tableau and you can answer faster with greater confidence.

Use Clean Sheets

   ✍   As you address each question, you will realize the need to make different joins, edit the data source, blend, filter, and various other customizations to answer a question. For the next question, even if it uses the same data source, and part of the question seems similar to the earlier questions, do not spend time reusing and modifying the old sheet. Start off with a clean workbook or worksheet for every question. This is a key tactic followed by successful candidates.

Rename the Sheets

   ✍   To optimize your review at the end of the exam, it is preferable to rename the worksheets with your question number to allow you to quickly refer the correct sheet. For multiple choice questions, make sure to select all possible answers that are applicable to that question by selecting the checkboxes. Often a choice may seem out of place, if required spend a couple of minutes to verify if that choice should be selected or not.

   ✍   The Proctor plays a critical role throughout the Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Exam to make sure you successfully complete your exam. The role can be categorized into Identity Verification, System and Configuration Setup, Accessibility Enablement, Rules and Regulations Enforcement, Supervising the Exam, Addressing Adhoc Accessibility or System Issues during the Exam, Ensuring Closure of the Examination. The Proctor also has a set of guidelines that they will follow and verify in order to proceed as per the process for a successful examination.

   ✍   In your personal Account when you sign in, the Loyalist Exam Services (LES) Dashboard is a useful location to find many important documents. • Click the “Receipt” link to open a PDF version of your exam purchase receipt for printing or sending. • Click “Exam Details” for scheduled exams to see your exam date and time or to reschedule/cancel your exam • Click “Exam Details” for exams you have taken to get detailed information about the exam. • Click the “Take Your Exam” button on the day of your exam to jump right to the exam session. • Click the “Result Details” link to get detailed information on how you did on an exam that you have taken • Click the “Title Dashboard” link to see your earned Titles and Status for exams taken. • Click the “Title Dashboard” link to access your E-Certificate. • Click the Title Dashboard” link to view or accept applicable Badges

But what is the actual reality of data analysis, we often see fancy Sankey diagrams across the social media and in newspapers. Such statistical analysis is often not the usual use-case in the industry, where you might encounter many boring looking reports and dashboards. Less fancy does not mean less insightful. However having the skills to create such fancy diagrams is appreciable, simply due to the expertise that comes with it helps in day to day activities and makes life much easier. Having a certification is not mandatory, but definitely helps standing out from the crowd with demonstrated skills in today's competitive market.