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Study material for exam 98-364 Database Fundamentals

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I would like to pass Microsoft exam 98-364 Database Fundamentals.  What study materials are available to help me pass this exam?


This tip covers several links you can use to help study for this exam.

What is the Microsoft 70-364 certification exam?

This is a basic exam related to databases and is the first Microsoft exam to certify your database knowledge.

Who should take the exam?

This exam is oriented to students or professionals who want to show that they have introductory knowledge about databases.

Is the exam oriented to SQL Server?

There are some generic skills that can be applied to any relational database, but in general it is oriented to SQL Server.

Is this exam difficult?

No, this is the easiest SQL Server exam.

Which books would you recommend for this exam?

Here are some recommended books:

Are there some courses for this exam?

Yes, here are a few:

Can you provide some links to study?

Here are recommended links for each section of the test:

Understanding Core Database Concepts

Create Database Objects

Manipulate Data

Understand Data Storage

Administer a Database

Next Steps

Here are several links that could be useful to you:

Last Updated: 2017-04-10

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 10:21:05 AM - Sam Back To Top

Hi Daniel,

I really liked the certification guide you have provided. You have done excellent work by putting things together.  I will try to make the best use of it. 

However, I have always struggled to find T-SQL Stored Procedure books built from the ground up.

Can you recommend material - Books, Sites, Articles, etc as you have mentioned for Certifications column? 

Thank You.

Friday, January 05, 2018 - 9:00:31 AM - Daniel Back To Top

 Hello. the MVA course includes some topics that are not in the exam and the exam includes some topics that are not in the MVA.

Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 8:18:58 PM - Mike Back To Top


Excellent article and resources; I'll be checking this out thoroughly!

Question: I went through the MVA course "SQL Database Fundamentals" at https://mva.microsoft.com/en-US/training-courses/sql-database-fundamentals-16944?l=w7qq6nAID_6805121157, and the presenters cover information in optimization and non-relational data, among other things that aren't listed in your article, nor in the exam outline at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-98-364.aspx.  Since both of these are Microsoft resources, I'm wondering if these extra topics are in the exam, and to what degree?  Any ideas?

Cheers and thanks in advance.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 5:57:29 PM - Daniel Back To Top

 Thanks. We updated the tip.

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 9:34:56 AM - Pedro Back To Top


Sir, you have a wrong/broken link at your first bullet point under "Which books would you recommend for this exam?".


Anyway, great post! Thanks for sharing!

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