Study material for Exam PL-300: Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst

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PL-300: Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst is a Microsoft’s replacement exam for DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI which officially retired on 03/31/2022. As a replacement exam, PL-300 covers the same knowledge base as DA-100 did, but PL-300 reorganizes the exam structure, such as consolidates the number of subject areas, gives different weighting (i.e., the expected number of questions in the test) to various topics. What are some of the best materials I can use to study for this exam?


In this tip, we will provide you with the basic information on this exam and the appropriate study materials including web links, books, online courses, practice test and tips you can use to prepare for and pass the exam.

What is the Audience of PL-300 Exam?

This exam PL-300 Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI is aimed at Data Analysts who want to validate their skills. Candidates should have a fundamental understanding of data repositories and data processing both on-premises and in the cloud, as well as be proficient using Power Query and writing expressions by using DAX.

What is the Format, Duration, Number of Questions of the exam?

  • The exam duration is 180 Minutes.
  • The exam format includes multiple-choice and multiple response questions with case studies.
  • The exam has 40-60 questions.

What is the score to pass?

  • 700/1000

What certificate do you get after passing the exam?

  • Microsoft Certified: Power BI Data Analyst Associate

Which books would you recommend for this exam?

Exam Ref Pl-300 Power Bi Data Analyst by Daniil Maslyuk. This Exam Ref is the official study guide for the new Microsoft Exam PL-300: Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst. This title has not yet been released as of this writing, but you can preorder the book at

The Definitive Guide to DAX Second Edition by Marco Russo and Alberto Ferrari. As DAX is an included topic in the exam, this comprehensive and authoritative guide to the DAX language will be very useful to prepare for and pass the exam.

Learn Power BI 2nd Edition by Greg Deckler. This newly revised and expanded edition of Learn Power BI covers all of the latest features in a clear, concise way using real-world examples.

Do you recommend practice tests for this exam? provides the online Microsoft Official Practice Test powered by MeasureUp. This test contains 173 questions and all objectives of the exam are covered in depth so you'll be ready for any question on the exam.

Are there courses for this exam?

Microsoft Learning paths provides some free online modules to gain the fundamental skills needed to become certified. The Learning path PL-300 collections have the following modules:

  • Discover data analysis
  • Get started building with Power BI
  • Get data in Power BI
  • Clean, transform, and load data in Power BI
  • Design a data model in Power BI
  • Introduction to creating measures using DAX in Power BI
  • Optimize a model for performance in Power BI
  • Work with Power BI visuals
  • Create a data-driven story with Power BI reports
  • Create dashboards in Power BI
  • Perform analytics in Power BI
  • Work with AI visuals in Power BI
  • Create and manage workspaces in Power BI
  • Implement row-level security

Udemy has several courses covers the content required for the PL-300 certification exams, among them the one by Phillip Burton has the most detailed and in-depth coverage of all the exam subject topics, this course is updated often and highly rated by students.

Can you provide some links to study for the exam?

Here are the best study materials links that we recommend organized by the Exam PL-300: Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst – Skills Measured outline:

Prepare the Data (15-20%)

Model the Data (30-35%)

Visualize and Analyze the Data (25-30%)

Deploy and Maintain Assets (20-25%)

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Article Last Updated: 2022-06-14

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Monday, May 29, 2023 - 8:00:59 AM - Daniel Essiet Back To Top (91232)
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Friday, July 15, 2022 - 11:04:53 PM - Sean Lee Back To Top (90270)
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For those who are not familiar with the current Microsoft Certification Exam format, the Exam Sandbox is demo exam website, where
you can explore the exam environment to experience an exam before you take it. In the sandbox, you can interact with different question types, such as build list, case studies, and others that you might encounter in the user interface when you take an exam. Additionally, it includes the introductory screens, instructions, and help topics related to the different types of questions that your exam might include.

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