Barely starting developing on Force.com for a couple of months and hurriedly studied to prepare for the exam I failed the exam and I retook the exam after a month and failed again, I knew then the preparing for the third retake that I should need a definite study plan and alot more time to know the ins and out. 3 weeks before the exam I studied straight and was ready to take the exam 2-3 days before the exam. The reference materials below helped me in preparing for the Exam. Because materials tends to be updated on new releases make sure you get the latest copies online.
1. Create two Salesforce.com account. Free Developer Edition and Force.com Free Edition – The Free Edition has the ability to create 1 sandbox. Feature that allow you to learn the ins and out productions to sandbox vice versa, loading data etc. So create the Recruiting App on the Free Developer Edition covered on the Fundamentals and the Warehouse app in the Force.com Edition in the Workbook.
2. I read all these ebooks except those that pertain to Flex development and advance Apex subject.
Force.com Developer Guide – Material is from Summer 09 but still useful information regarding Tagging, Analytic Snapshots
Forceprepare.com– excellent mockup exams to test your knowledge and other useful information.
And the DEV 401 Training Video. I broke it down to view only 3 hours video per day, so you don’t bored and lose interest.
And some key pointers I noted from the test, funny that every time after an exam I get blanked out and cant seem to recall the questions on the test. I only managed to recall the topic.
some key points-review the security controls – make sure you understand in and out: most use cases are a mix of the following– profiles– object level permissions– field field level permissions– record level permissions– record level access– role hierarchy– reports– how are objects related to reports– type of dashboard to component to use per case scenarios– what can be done with custom report types– Analytic Snapshots– workflow and approvals– pararrel approval– approval process– use case for time triggered actions– limitations of data loader on importing standard,custom objects– features of the data loader– sidebar feature how are items added– User objects– Types of relationships including hierarchal– Use case on best relationship to use– Use case for using VisualForce and Apex– Authentication on Sandbox– Encrypted Fields