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If your students want to earn a Microsoft Access Certification, it’s paramount that you have all the information and tools ready to help them find success. It can be frustrating, however, when you’re not quite sure what will be on the exam or how to best prepare your kids for it.
While there are many options to choose from when selecting a Microsoft Access prep resource, it’s essential you’re fully informed on what each course offers.
In this article, you’ll discover answers to the two most common questions CTE teachers like you ask:
What do my students need to know for the Microsoft Access certification?
How do I best prepare students for the Microsoft Access certification?
By better understanding this exam and its components, you can help your students pass and earn their certifications.
What Do My Students Need to Know for the Microsoft Access Certification?
The Microsoft Access Certification demonstrates that your students are competent in database design principles and can effectively use Microsoft Access. Students taking the exam should have approximately 150 hours of instruction as well as hands-on experience with the tool.
When students earn this certification, it showcases to employers that they possess the skills to manage data more efficiently and analyze large amounts of information.
The exam consists of 31 questions covering five domains. These domains are:
Creating and modifying tables
Creating and modifying queries
Modifying forms in layout view
Modifying reports in layout view
By understanding what students will be tested on during the exam, you can ensure the prep material and lesson plans you implement will truly prepare your students for success.
1. Managing Databases
The first domain has three key objectives, mainly focused on database management skills. They are:
1.1 Modify database structure
Import objects or data from other sources
Delete database objects
Hide and display objects in the Navigation Pane
1.2 Manage table relationships and keys
Set primary keys
Enforce referential integrity
Set foreign keys
1.3 Print and export data
Configure print options for records, forms, and reports
Export objects to alternative formats
2. Create and Modify Tables
The second domain of the Microsoft Access certification includes four cornerstones to creating and modifying tables:
2.1 Create tables
Import data into tables
Create linked tables from external sources
Import tables from other databases
2.2 Manage tables
Hide fields in tables
Add total rows
Add table descriptions
2.3 Manage table records
Find and replace data
2.4 Create and modify fields
Add and remove fields
Add validation rules to fields
Change field captions
Change field sizes
Change field data types
Configure fields to auto-increment
Set default values
Apply built-in input masks
3. Create and Modify Queries
The third domain includes two objectives centered around creating and modifying queries:
3.1 Create and run queries
Create simple queries
Create basic crosstab queries
Create basic parameter queries
Create basic action queries
Create basic multi-table queries
3.2 Modify queries
Add, hide, and remove fields in queries
Sort data within queries
Filter data within queries
Format fields within queries
4. Modify Forms in Layout View
The penultimate domain includes two objectives focused on modifying forms in the layout view:
4.1 Configure form controls
Add, move, and remove form controls
Set form control properties
Add and modify form labels
4.2 Format fonts
Modify tab order on forms
Sort records by form field
Modify form positioning
Insert information in form headers and footers
Insert images on forms
5. Modify Reports in Layout View
The final domain consists of two objectives related to modifying reports in the layout view:
5.1 Configure report controls
Group and sort fields on reports
Add report controls
Add and modify labels on reports
5.2 Format reports
Format a report into multiple columns
Modify report positioning
Format report elements
Change report orientation
Insert information in report headers and footers
Insert images on reports
How Do I Prepare My Students for the Microsoft Access Certification?
Helping your students understand what is included in the Access certification is only half the battle. The second, crucial piece, is preparing them for success on their exams. To do that, you need the right prep resource.
Currently,GMetrix offers practice exams and a prep course through LearnKey. These materials would be a strong fit for teachers who already have an Access curriculum and simply need resources to prep students directly for the exam. On the other hand, for teachers who need a curriculum to help teach students Access concepts, GMetrix would probably be insufficient.
Additionally, iCEV offers an Access certification prep curriculum. This comprehensive course includes multimedia lessons, video instruction, assessments, and hands-on activities. In short, everything you need to both teach your students and prepare them for their certification exam.
With this blended learning approach, you can save yourself time preparing lesson plans to accompany supplemental prep courses and focus on helping your students pass the Access certification exam.