Successfactors Employee Central Delta Exam – How I passed and how I prepared for it

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I have passed the employee central delta exam D_THR81_1505 on Wednesday, 9th March 2016. In the following post I will share with you information on the delta exam questions, when I was notified about the exam after my first certification of employee central, how I prepared for it, and what are my conclusions and advice.

The Delta Exam Questions and Notification

The Delta Exam contains 40 questions. You must answer 26 questions (63%) correctly in order to pass it. The questions cover core concepts, MDF Foundation Objects, Position Management, and Time Off. Deadline for this delta exam is June 12, 2016. The Delta exam will include a number of questions per topic. See the SAP Certified Application Associate – SuccessFactors Employee Central Q2/2015 – Delta  webpage for more information.

Here is the overview of the topics:

  • Events and Language Implementation > 12%
  • Foundation Objects and Generic Objects > 12%
  • Data Models 8% – 12%
  • Manage System Security 8% – 12%
  • Manage Employee Data and Position Management 8% – 12%
  • Manage Time Off 8% – 12%
  • Rules and Workflows 8% – 12%
  • Importing and Exporting Data < 8%

You can expect that no one delta exam will have the same questions. The questions will come from a larger questions bank therefore the ones I had to answer will not be the same that you will see in your delta exam.

There is a lot of debate going on about the quality of the questions and how relevant they are for the practioneer. See Anders Bang Christoffersen blog post and the comment section:  http://scn.sap.com/community/erp/hcm/blog/2016/03/06/the-only-easy-day-was-yesterday. Anders just had taken the Employee Central Certification Exam with 80 questions. While he came across some debatable ones in my exam I found all 40 to be very relevant.

After my certification for Employee Central on August,14th 2015 I received my first notification for the delta exam on October,19th 2015 by email.

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The deadline for the delta exam was first set for April,12th 2016 and on February,26th it was extended to June,12th 2016.

You can also check on the certification hub https://training.sap.com/shop/certification/ .

In the Exam Dashboard you will be informed about your upcoming delta exam.

Sven Ringling described it in his article in more detail: When is my successfactors delta certification due?

My Learning Journey – Preparation for the Exam

This time I looked at a number of different resources. First of all, I went to the Learning Room Employee Central on the SAP Learning Hub (https://training.sap.com/shop/learninghub). There is a link in the Menu called Delta Releases.

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In there you will find the documents 1502 EC Flipbook.pdf, 1502 EC_Implementation_Handbook and the folder 1505 Content and Excercises.

The 1502 EC Flipbook.pfd contains the content of the elearning course THR81.

I would recommend you to go into the folder 1505 Delta Releases. In there you will find a number of documents. Employee Central Master Implementation Guide.pdf and Module1.pdf to Module8.pdf.

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I found the Module1.pdf to Module8.pdf the most helpful in the preparation. These are the participant’s handbook for the course THR81. What makes them so valuable are the practical guided exercises in the handbook. In case if you have not had the opportunity in your daily practice to configure certain features like the management for time off or position management, etc., then I would recommend you to do these exercises. I used the SAP Live Access to Employee Central to repeat some of the configurations examples in these handbooks. Additionally, you will find multiple choice questions at the end of the documents. I would start with those first as they will guide how well you still know the subject. The handbooks will also include most of the content from the THR81 elearning course. Therefore, looking through the 1502 EC flipbook.pdf will not add a lot of value.

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I also read through the document 1508 Delta Documentation for 1505 Certification.pdf. But in hindsight these were not relevant for the delta exam itself. They were only useful for my current work. You find these documents in the folder Delta Releases: Content / Delta Release Updates..

Further I read the book SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central – The Comprehensive Guide by Luke Marson, Murali Mazhavanchery, and Rebecca Murray from cover to cover. It is an excellent book with lots of good advice and best practices. However, to pass the delta exam you won’t need to read. I would rather see as a good start to get into Employee Central before you take any courses. Yet the most value is for the practioneer. The book is a great companion while you work in the EC projects. It goes beyond the content that will be tested in the exam but can be vital in your work, such as Advances, Global Assignments, and Employee Central Payroll.

What was again very helpful were the 212 practice questions I had prepared for my first certification exam: https://ppalme.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/the-sap-successfactors-employee-central-certified-application-associate-exam-how-i-passed-it-and-how-i-prepared-for-it/

I also read through the document 1508 Delta Documentation for 1505 Certification.pdf. But in hindsight these were not relevant for the delta exam itself. They were only useful for my current work. You find these documents in the folder Delta Releases: Content / Delta Release Updates..

Further I read the book SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central – The Comprehensive Guide by Luke Marson, Murali Mazhavanchery, and Rebecca Murray from cover to cover. It is an excellent book with lots of good advice and best practices. However, to pass the delta exam you won’t need to read. I would rather see as a good start to get into Employee Central before you take any courses. Yet the most value is for the practioneer. The book is a great companion while you work in the EC projects. It goes beyond the content that will be tested in the exam but can be vital in your work, such as Advances, Global Assignments, and Employee Central Payroll.

My Conclusions & Advice

First of all, do not take this delta exam lightly. Being tested and having to recall the content by memory is different to practical hands-on experience where you have the Successfactors system in front of you. The exam needs almost the same amount of preparation as the main certification even though only 40 questions are asked.

You need to have a clear mental picture of the key tools in Employee Central because you need to recall them by heart in the exam.

You need to really know which key fields are in which HRIS element and in which data model.

You also need to be aware of when to use the MDF and when you need to configure the XML files.

You also need to recall in which category you set permissions for a field in the Role Based Permission Tool.

Additional Valuable Resources

Chris Wilbert Post: “SAP & SuccessFactors Certification and my EC Delta Certification Experience” 28. January 2016: Excellent article with very good advice. https://www.iprocon.de/sap-successfactors-certification-and-my-ec-delta-certification-experience/?lang=en

Practice Questions: On the official webpage of the SAP Certified Application Associate – SuccessFactors Employee Central Q2/2015 – Delta  there is also a link to seven sample questions.

10 free multiple choice practice questions at SAP Exam Blog: http://www.sapexam.com/sap-cloud-certification/sap-successfactors-employee-central-sf-ec If you want to go through the 105+ questions they have it costs $54.80 USD.

I have created a set of 212 free practice questions for myself – see my blog post: https://ppalme.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/the-sap-successfactors-employee-central-certified-application-associate-exam-how-i-passed-it-and-how-i-prepared-for-it/

System requirements – how to setup your computer system for the online exams:

Very good advice I found in the blog post by Joelle Smith on How to Prepare for the C_THR88_1508 SuccessFactors Learning Certification Exam:

http://scn.sap.com/community/erp/hcm/blog/2016/02/17/how-to-prepare-for-the-cthr881508-successfactors-learning-certification-exam

Further Reading:

SAP SuccessFactors Compensation Exam – How I Passed it

About me:

My vision is to build a truly integrated HR in the cloud. A truly integrated HR is the key enabler for organizations to maximize their business outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

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