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How I passed the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Q3 2016 Delta Exam

September 13, 2016

I received the email from the SAP on 31st of August (see image below)

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In the first part of the email sent by the email address certification.noreply@sap.com it is stated that I only need to pass the Delta Assessment Exam in SAP Learning Hub professional edition. More about the subscription fee for the professional edition of the SAP Learning hub can be found here.

First I did not notice this change and thought I will have to schedule another Delta Certification Exam again with a proctor on the SAP Certification Hub website. No, SAP SF announced during SuccessConnect 2016 that from September 2016 onwards the way to recertify will change. To pass the exam on the Learning Hub is now sufficient.

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It was not easy for myself to quickly find the relevant delta course. I went to the Employee Central Learning Room.

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I clicked on the menu item certification and then on Launch Q3 2016 Delta Training. This opened up the course which I could then assign to my active courses on the learning content page by clicking on the Assign to Me> button.

After assigning the course I then could open the course from my active courses list on the learning content page.

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The course with the code E-Learning THR81D_EN_Col63 (rev.1 16/08/2016) consists of a power point file and the learning hub exam (see below).

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The Power Point file has in total 30 pages. Of these 14 pages really contain the content. These are mainly the slides the describe the new feature. Once you have downloaded the PowerPoint file you do need to go back again into the Learning Hub. You can study the material offline.

For these slides I created myself again learning questions before I went to take the Delta Assessment Exam (see picture above).

Hope these questions are helpful to you as well when studying the material.

1)      What is important about the advanced features of the enable configurable UI for Position Management V12 Org Chart?

2)      What is the workflow ‘Respect Workflow at Copy Positions on Position Org Char’ used for?

3)      What does the feature Matrix Relationship Synchronization enable and what is the default setting?

4)      What can you see via Manage Workflow Requests and what are the prerequisites?

5)      What is Pagination on Pending Workflow Requests?

6)      Can the customer restrict import of job information and job relationships based on authorization?

7)      What is the benefit of the Locale Picker for File Based Imports feature?

8)      How many clicks do you need to get to any information in the improved navigation & discovery information interface?

9)      What is highly flexible now in the new Admin interface?

10)   What are the performance improvements for the People Profile UI?

Because I am working on a big project I only spent 5 minutes per day studying the material. I guess one can do it easily in 30 minutes or less.

On Friday, September 9th I took the assessment test and passed after my second attempt. It seems you can take the assessment several times in order to reach the 100%.

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Well this is so much easier now. Hope you like it.

Happy Learning.

And there is more information about the Delta Exam from Chris Wilpert http://goo.gl/TaypQA

C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 14 Overview and Practice Questions

June 16, 2016

This is a series of blog posts about the preparation for the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam for my exam preparation I attend the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Academy. Each time I finish one unit in the Performance and Goals Academy course on this site Continuous Learning & Development I will share my practice questions.
Why these practice questions are so effective I have explained it in the first blog post of this series: C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 1 Overview and Practice Questions

The main focus in unit 14 was on the configuration of the Competency Section of the Performance Form. The questions now refer to the new SAP Learning Course SAP SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Academy based on the THR82_EN_Col61 handbook

In total I have come up with 14 practice questions. In this post I will list 8 questions below.

  1. What type of competencies that can be configured in the competency section of the Performance Form?
  2. Where to find the Competency ID?
  3. How to hard code competencies in the XML?
  4. What element to use in order to have the competency to appear first in the list of competencies?
  5. Which attribute enables any permissioned user to remove the competency from the form?
  6. How to populate core competencies in the Performance form in XML?
  7. What are the prerequisites in Admin Center to populate competencies by job code?
  8. Can one specify specific competencies to be only pulled from specific categories with the instance?

All of my 14 practice questions are also here: https://youtu.be/p9osY8phHC8

Further Reading:

Employee Central: I have created a set of 212 free practice questions – 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/

SAP SuccessFactors Compensation Exam – How I Passed it

SuccessFactors Certification Exam and Delta Exam Preparation – Useful Resources

C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 13 Overview and Practice Questions

June 16, 2016

This is a series of blog posts about the preparation for the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam for my exam preparation I attend the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Academy. Each time I finish one unit in the Performance and Goals Academy course on this site Continuous Learning & Development I will share my practice questions.
Why these practice questions are so effective I have explained it in the first blog post of this series: C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 1 Overview and Practice Questions

The main focus in unit 13 was on describing and the configuration of the Objective Section of the Performance Form. The questions now refer to the new SAP Learning Course SAP SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Academy based on the THR82_EN_Col61 handbook

In total I have come up with 18 practice questions. In this post I will list 9 questions below.

  1. How many objective sections can a performance form have?
  2. What are the two ways to populate the goals to a performance form?
  3. When it is not recommended to use auto-sync on forms?
  4. What to configure in XML to add the Add Goals button to the form?
  5. What is a Side-by-side rating?
  6. What is the recommended setting for editing goals in the performance form in XML?
  7. What is the default setting for updating goals from the goal plan to the goals section of the associated performance form?
  8. How to enable auto-sync in XML?
  9. How to enable auto-sync in Manage Templates?

All of my 18 practice questions are also here: https://youtu.be/uHCiVKW3sL0

 

Further Reading:

Employee Central: I have created a set of 212 free practice questions – 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/

SAP SuccessFactors Compensation Exam – How I Passed it

SuccessFactors Certification Exam and Delta Exam Preparation – Useful Resources

C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 12 Overview and Practice Questions

June 3, 2016

This is a series of blog posts about the preparation for the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam for my exam preparation I attend the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Academy. Each time I finish one unit in the Performance and Goals Academy course on this site Continuous Learning & Development I will share my practice questions.

Why these practice questions are so effective I have explained it in the first blog post of this series: C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 1 Overview and Practice Questions

The main focus in unit 12 was on the configuration of the Introduction, Employee Information, and Review Section of the Performance Form. The questions now refer to the new SAP Learning Course SAP SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Academy based on the THR82_EN_Col61 handbook

In total I have come up with 23 practice questions. In this post I will list all 13 questions below.

  1. How often can the introduction section appear in the performance form?
  2. How to configure the Introduction Section in Manage Templates?
  3. How to configure the Introduction Section in XML?
  4. What is the best practice for Target for links to external websites?
  5. What is the best practice for Target for links to the SAP SuccessFactors System?
  6. What fields are selected by the default in the Employee Information Section of the form?
  7. Can you control the order of the elements how they appear in the form in Manage Templates?
  8. How to configure the Employee Information Section in the XML?
  9. What is the purpose of the review section?
  10. Is the Review Information Section available for PMv12?
  11. How to hard-code review dates in Manage Templates?
  12. Can a user edit the dates populated to the form?
  13. How to prevent users from editing dates after the form is launched?

 All of my 13 practice questions are also here: https://youtu.be/4EZ_9cP3Chg

Further Reading:

Employee Central: I have created a set of 212 free practice questions – 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/

SAP SuccessFactors Compensation Exam – How I Passed it

SuccessFactors Certification Exam and Delta Exam Preparation – Useful Resources

C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 11 Overview and Practice Questions

May 30, 2016

This is a series of blog posts about the preparation for the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam for my exam preparation I attend the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Academy. Each time I finish one unit in the Performance and Goals Academy course on the this site Continuous Learning & Development I will share my practice questions.

Why these practice questions are so effective I have explained it in the first blog post of this series: C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 1 Overview and Practice Questions

The main focus in unit 11 was on the Performance Forms Sections Configuration. The questions now refer to the new SAP Learning Course SAP SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Academy based on the THR82_EN_Col61 handbook

In total I have come up with 36 practice questions. In this post I will list all 10 questions below.

  1. What are the three methods of updating Performance Management Templates?
  2. What settings can you configure in Form Template Settings?
  3. Where do you turn on and off email Notifications in the instance?
  4. Where to delete forms in the instance?
  5. What type of organizational changes may affect the forms?
  6. Where can the rating scale for the entire form be chosen?
  7. Where to find the rating scale in the instance?
  8. How to configure item weights in Manage Templates?
  9. How to configure to have all goals in the Performance Management form equally weighted?
  10. What does the Route Signature Step and Completed Forms feature allow?

 All of my 36 practice questions are also here: https://youtu.be/qm1NbHW6KEA

Further Reading:

Employee Central: I have created a set of 212 free practice questions – 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/

SAP SuccessFactors Compensation Exam – How I Passed it

SuccessFactors Certification Exam and Delta Exam Preparation – Useful Resources

C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 10 Overview and Practice Questions

May 18, 2016

This is a series of blog posts about the preparation for the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam for my exam preparation I attend the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Academy. Each time I finish one unit in the Performance and Goals Academy course on the SAP Learning Hub https://training.sap.com/shop/learninghub I will share my practice questions.

Why these practice questions are so effective I have explained it in the first blog post of this series: C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 1 Overview and Practice Questions

The main focus in unit 10 was on the Performance Management Form. The questions now refer to the new SAP Learning Course SAP SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Academy based on the THR82_EN_Col61 handbook

In total I came up with 28 practice questions. In this post I will list all 10 questions below.

  1. What is the difference between forms and template?
  2. All performance management forms validate against which DTD?
  3. Which form combines the functionality of PMv11 form and PMv12 forms?
  4. What components are in the performance form templates?
  5. What are the three main stages forms go through?
  6. What are the two reviewer roles?
  7. Where to create a new rating scale?
  8. What kind of information can you include in the Introduction Section of the Performance Management Form?
  9. What kind of information is in the Employee Information section?
  10. Is the Development section mandatory?

All of my 28 practice questions are also here: https://youtu.be/GRuiGF4FcEo

Further Reading:

Employee Central: I have created a set of 212 free practice questions – 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/

SAP SuccessFactors Compensation Exam – How I Passed it

SuccessFactors Certification Exam and Delta Exam Preparation – Useful Resources

C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 8 Overview and Practice Questions

April 27, 2016

This is a series of blog posts about the preparation for the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam for my exam preparation I attend the SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Academy. Each time I finish one unit in the Performance and Goals Academy course on the SAP Learning Hub https://training.sap.com/shop/learninghub I will share my practice questions.
Why these practice questions are so effective I have explained it in the first blog post of this series: C THR82_1411 SuccessFactors Performance and Goals Certification Exam – Unit 1 Overview and Practice Questions

The main focus in unit 8 was on Goal Execution. The questions now refer to the new SAP Learning Course SAP SuccessFactors Peformance and Goals Academy  based on the THR82_EN_Col61 handbook

In total I have come up with 38 practice questions. In this post I will list all 15 questions below.

  1. Can Goal Execution fields be utilized for more than one goal plan?
  2. Can you view private goals in the execution map fields?
  3. What are the steps to enable Goal Execution in Provisioning?
  4. How to Enable Goal Execution in the Instance?
  5. Where does the information for the Execution map come from?
  6. How to configure Email Notification Templates?
  7. What is a Rollup?
  8. What types of Rollup exists?
  9. To use Goal Execution in a goal plan, what Standard fields must be included in the goal plan template?
  10. How many enum fields must the field for Effort Spent contain?
  11. Which fields are stored in the database with historical value?
  12. Which fields can be configured for mobile?
  13. Can you manipulate permissions in Manage Template for Goal Execution?
  14. What action permission must be configured in XML?
  15. Can you remove fields within Manage Templates?

 

 All of my 38 practice questions are also here: https://youtu.be/i6aMq5YWPB4

 

Further Reading:

Employee Central: I have created a set of 212 free practice questions – 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/

SAP SuccessFactors Compensation Exam – How I Passed it

SuccessFactors Certification Exam and Delta Exam Preparation – Useful Resources

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

March 14, 2016

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

SAP SuccessFactors Compensation Exam – How I Passed it

October 30, 2015

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The SuccessFactors Compensation Exam Certification: How I passed it and how I prepared for it

This article has three parts. In the first part I write about my personal experience of the test. In the next part I talk about my learning journey and in the last section I speak about my learning strategy. I will also share my key learning’s recommendations.

  • The certification test experience

I have written in detail about my test experience of the SuccessFactors Employee Central Exam in a previous blog post. I have learned from my past experience and now had the smoothest log in ever.

Again I had 180 minutes time to go through 80 multiple choice questions and I needed to answer at least 44 (55%) of the questions correctly to become certified. For each multiple choice question it was indicated in writing how many answers were expected. A radio button tells you if only one answer is required. Boxes are used if more than 1 answer is correct. 3 were the maximum answers I came across.

SAP provides a lot of information on the certification exam here: https://training.sap.com/shop/certification/c_thr86_1502-sap-certified-application-associate—successfactors-compensation-g/

As well you will find a link to 9 example certification questions. https://training.sap.com/uploads/Sample_Questions_C_THR86_1502.pdf

Overall it took me 80 minutes to pass the test. I went through question by question and I skipped a question when I was not sure about the answer yet. Then I went backwards from 80 down to 1 and checked each question again if I was confident about my answer(s) and reworked those that I was still not 100% sure of. Of course I answered all the ones that I had skipped. Each question I read at least two times before I made my choice.

  • Learning Journey

I began with the course THR86_EN_Col52 SuccessFactors Compensation Academy on October 9th and finished by October 15th. I scheduled my exam for October 23rd at 13.45 hrs CET.

In the week before the exam I read the Compensation Implementation Handbook carefully. I further read the chapter about Compensation in the book “SuccessFactors with SAP ERP HCM” by Amy Grubb and Luke Marson https://www.sap-press.com/successfactors-with-sap-erp-hcm_3702/.This was very helpful because it gave me the big picture. This way I could much better structure and oversee all the details given throughout the course and in the Compensation Implementation Handbook.

Further I watched 4 Videos on the SAP Learning Hub in the Compensation HCM Academy Learning Room. The videos were XML Plan Navigation Guide, Setting up YouCalc in Comp Form, Adding Custom Fields, and Adding Guideline and Catch All Formula. If you do not have access to a sales demo instance of SuccessFactors I would highly recommend you to watch at least the XML Plan Navigation Guide video. This is an excellent walk through of the Compensation Configuration XML file by Kate Wilson. The videos are all located in the Content area in the folder Video Tutorial Library.

2 days before the exam I went through my notes three times. I passed the exam on October23rd at 15:05 hrs.

My timing worked perfectly. I had one week to prepare between the end of my course THR86_EN_Col52 SuccessFactors Compensation Academy and the exam.

  • Learning Strategy and Recommendations

I have written in detail about my learning strategy in the a blog post and what research it is based on.

Again for everything exam relevant I created practice questions for myself. In total I came up with 321. I have published my practice questions this time in a blog post here: http://bit.ly/SFCompExamQs

I would recommend you to read at least the Employee Central Implementation Handbook. Pay special attention to the info section that are highlighted in light red / pink colour.

If you do not have access to the SAP Learning Hub yet I have collected also some free resources on Successfactors here: https://ppalme.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/free-learning-resources-to-help-you-to-become-a-sap-successfactors-consultant/

Further Reading:

Successfactors Employee Central Delta Exam How I Passed and How I Prepared For it

The SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Certified Application Associate Exam: How I passed it and how I prepared for it

Becoming a SuccessFactors Consultant Part 1 and Part 2

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.

The SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Certified Application Associate Exam: How I passed it and how I prepared for it

September 2, 2015

Update: 02. November. 2016 Link to Chris Solomon Post From SAP HCM to SF EC Learner: My Journey to SuccessFactors Employee Central Certification added

This article has three parts. In the first part I write about my personal experience of the test itself in more detail because I would have welcomed such insights before my exam. In the next part I talk about my learning journey and in the last section I speak about my learning strategy. I will also share my key learning’s and what I would do differently the next time.

NEW Update: March, 14th 2016
At the bottom of this post I have included a link to a post on how I have passed and prepared for the delta exam on employee central.

My certification test experience

I was able to take my test from my home office. This is such a big improvement because I did not have to drive to a test centre which in my case is far away and where I can only take the test on specific days in the year. Instead I scheduled my preferred time in the certifications section on training.sap.com site.

Another good thing is that I could even change the start time just shortly before. This means if ever anything unexpectedly happens you can reschedule quite easily.

In order to do it from home I needed to have a webcam and a reliable and fast internet connection.

In the certification exam section I used the link to install the required questionmark secure browser 4 days before. Additionally I tested the system by connecting to a proctor to confirm it is working. A proctor will be the person to welcome you to your exam and give you advice as well as continue to watch you the whole time. SAP will allow you to do the system test up to 4 hours before your exam.

It takes a few clicks to get to the page where I launched the certification test. I logged in in as suggested 15 minutes before my start date on 14.00 hrs on Friday, August 14. You do not have be on time. SAP will allow 15 minutes after the start time to log in before you will be denied entrance. In total you are allowed to take 6 exams in one year. If you miss one you have 5 more opportunities.

On the SAP Certification Hub Page where the examination process is described in detail I needed to click on the link C_THR81_1502 on the left side of the page. This then opened up a page with a menu at the top. This menu contains a link to the “Exam Appointments”. This is also the exact same way to take when you schedule for an exam. I opened up “Exam Appointments” where the upcoming appointment is listed in a table with the following headings “exam title”, “booking code”, “exam date” and “start exam”.

Around 15 minutes before the exam date a green arrow should appear in the row “start exam”. This wasn’t the case for me. Therefore I contacted Technical Support and was advice to reboot my computer or even use another web browser.

I rebooted my computer but had to use Internet Explorer again the only browser currently installed on my computer. And yes after several minutes later and past 14.00 hrs. I was back to the same page. The green arrow did appear but when I clicked on it nothing happened. The secure questionmark browser does not start when other programs like outlook or skype are running. Even though I had switched off those programs before yet in my case skype always starts up again when my computer restarts.

Therefore my recommendation is to disable the auto launch of such programs. I quit Skype but to my surprise it took the questionmark secure browser a few minutes to launch. This was much longer time compared to the system test I did with a proctor a few days ago. You can guess how exited I got and how my blood pressure went up during those moments.

I would recommend you to boot your computer 30 minutes prior to such an event and hope that the green arrow is there 15 minutes before your scheduled time.

Additionally I had forgotten to have my two official identity documents with a picture ready to show to the proctor. The proctor was so kind to wait and let me get my passport and my driving license.

The proctor would then explain the key rules: If my connection would break down during the test I had 5 minutes to get back in and if I had technical issues I had another 5 minutes to contact the technical support. After this time my test would be cancelled. Also I was told not to leave the room during the exam. In a test centre someone can accompany to the rest room, but at home the proctor needs to rely on your presence in order to prevent any unfair test taking practices. I also had to show that I was alone in the room with my webcam by turning the camera 360 degrees. Further I had to point the webcam to my desk to proof that it was totally clean of any supporting material.

After this phase the proctor activated the test button. I now had 180 minutes time to go through 80 multiple choice questions while being watched all the time by the proctor. I needed to answer at least 50 (63%) of the questions correctly to become certified. For each multiple choice question it was indicated in writing how many answers were expected. A radio button indicates if only one answer is required. Boxes are used if more if more than 1 answer is correct. 3 were the maximum answers I came across. SAP provides a lot of information on the certification exam here: https://training.sap.com/shop/certification/c_thr81_1502-sap-certified-application-associate—cloud-hcm-employee-central-g/

The page above has currently no information. The weighting of the certification topics for the C_THR81_1602 is:

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

As well you will find a link to 9 example certification questions. https://training.sap.com/uploads/C_THR81_1502_sample_questions.pdf

Overall it took me around 85 minutes to pass the test. I went through question by question and I skipped a question when I was not sure about the answer yet. Then I went backwards from 80 down to 1 and checked each question again if I was confident about my answer(s) and reworked those that I was still not 100% sure of. Of course I answered all the ones that I had skipped. Each question I read at least two times before I made my choice.

Usually I read out questions aloud and write the question again on paper in order to uncover any hidden traps. But these practices are not allowed in the certification exam.

Learning Journey

On June 24th 2015 I got my access to the SAP Learning Hub (https://training.sap.com/shop/learninghub ). The first course I had to take was the THR80 Foundations of SuccessFactors HCM. I passed this course on 29th of June.

As I had holidays scheduled from 11th of July till 1st of August I decided not to take the THR81 SuccessFactors Employee Central Academy before. I began with this course on August 3rd and finished by August 7th.

I scheduled my exam for August 14th at 14.00 hrs. In the week before the exam I read the Employee Central Implementation Handbook carefully and skimmed through the Employee Central Country Specific Implementation Handbook, Role Based Permission Handbook, Data Objects: Quick Reference Tables and the Metadata Framework Implementation Handbook. 2 days before the exam I went through my notes three times. I passed the exam on August 14th at 15:50 hrs.

During my holidays I read a few articles by Luke Marson: the SuccessFactors Employee Central Organization Structure, The SuccessFactors Employee Central Pay Structure, The SuccessFactors Employee Central Position Management feature, Extending SuccessFactors with the Metadata Framework and Rules and Picklists in the SuccessFactors Metadata Framework. You find the articles here at: SuccessFactors – Useful Resources and Documents http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-41539

If I had to do it again I would not take a holiday between the THR80 Foundations of SuccessFactors HCM course and the THR81 SuccessFactors Employee Central because content from THR80 Foundations of SuccessFactors HCM is still part of the exam. It is best to keep these courses as close as possible together.

At least I would read the Employee Central Implementation Handbook thoroughly and schedule the exam as soon as possible after the end of the THR81 SuccessFactors Employee Central course.

At minimum I would leave a week between the end of the course and the exam. Yet I believe the longer you wait with the exam the more likely you will forget the content of the courses.

In total I invested 3 weeks net over a time of 8 weeks while still working on demanding projects at the same time and looking after my family.

Learning Strategy and Recommendations

As I have a very strong background in Learning & Development and a passion for continuous learning I used all my wisdom to make my learning journey as effective as possible. I have read all the major and current research on human learning and I have read a number of books written by world class memory champions on mnemotechnics and learning.

The first fundamental principle I follow is frequency over duration. Instead of learning on one day in a week for several hours I spread it out and learn every day at least for 5-10 minutes and if possible I do this several times a day if time permits. The only time I broke this rule was during my holidays. Only in the last few days of my vacation I started to read the articles from Luke Marson.

Further I use spaced repetition https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition and the PQ4R method (Preview-Question-Read-Reflect-Recite-Review). http://bit.ly/1MxfFkv

Everything that I found to be a good content for a question I wrote down. I came up with 200 items. Which brings me to my second fundamental principle of vivid associations I apply in learning. I used the method of loci (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_of_loci) to memorize it all. But before memorization I first and foremost try to establish logical rules to understand and connect the new knowledge. Sheer memorization is dedicated to exceptions and key underlying information chunks to build my knowledge or so called mind map.

And the third fundamental principle is called overconfidence in learning. Often when I listen to a trainer or read a document I come out feeling that I have understood everything and it will be easy to recall. Then a few days later I come across a question and I realize that I am not so sure anymore how to answer it. In order to overcome my overconfidence I created my own set of 212 questions to test my learning progress. I used those questions again just the last days before my exam.

If you would like to see my set of practice questions I am happy to share with you my document. Either send me a message on Linkedin Peter Palme or connect with me on Linkedin and let me know in your invitation that you are interested or enter your email address in this google form: My SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Practice Questions.

. Here are some of my sample questions:

  • Are all Foundation Objects effective-dated?
  • Is NationalID an MDF object?
  • Can one person have more than one active employment at the same time?
  • Can you assign a workflow to a field in a foundation object?
  • Can you assign a workflow to the payCalendar object ?

I would recommend you to read at least the Employee Central Implementation Handbook. Pay special attention to the info section that are highlighted in light red / pink colour.

If you do not have access to the SAP Learning Hub yet I have collected also some free resources on Employee Central here: https://ppalme.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/free-learning-resources-to-help-you-to-become-a-sap-successfactors-consultant/

Further Experiences Shared

Sarika Jadhav: My Successfactors EC Certification Journey

Chris Solomon: From SAP HCM to SF EC Learner: My Journey to SuccessFactors Employee Central Certification

SAP SuccessFactors Compensation Exam – How I Passed it


Successfactors Employee Central Delta Exam How I Passed and How I Prepared For it

Becoming a SuccessFactors Consultant Part 1 and Part 2

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.

Currently I am working on three projects.


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