The SAS Global Certification program is proud to announce the release of a new credential: SAS Certified Visual Business Analyst Using SAS Visual Analytics. This credential is designed for analysts who are using SAS Visual Analytics to explore data and create insightful data visualizations. With SAS Visual Analytics now deployed in over 3,400 sites around the globe, more and more employers are seeking analysts who can make data tell a visual story.
Work on the credential began in late 2014 with a poll of a global audience to determine the important skills that should be tested. As 2015 began, a cross functional group of SAS Visual Analytics experts from across the CES division, including education, professional services, and technical support, gathered to write items for the exam. A beta version of the exam was administered in March and April to measure the performance of the test, and after statistical analysis of the beta (using SAS!), the exam was officially launched in May.
What can candidates expect when they take the exam?
Most importantly, candidates should first review the exam objectives to understand the exam content. We are moving to a new format for objectives that provides more clarity about the exam content. In addition to the 14 exam objectives (all of which will be tested), we have added 86 expanded objectives that add specific tasks that could be tested on any given form of the exam.
Candidates will notice a significant use of graphics; more than half of the questions include a screen capture from SAS Visual Analytics. And we have added new item types that provide an interactive interface to enhance the testing experience. For this type of question, candidates complete a task in a simulated SAS Visual Analytics interface. For example, a specific visualization is presented, and the candidate uses a work area to drag data items onto the correct roles that would create the visualization. Or, an interactive interface is presented, so that the candidate can set check boxes, radio buttons, and drop down lists on a Properties Panel that would generate the visualization requested in the question. The subject matter experts liked creating these questions, the candidates during the beta exam commented that they enjoyed the change from traditional multiple choice questions, and our exam developers were very pleased with the psychometric performance of these items. We plan to continue to use them on future exams and add them to existing exams during updates.
Ready to get SAS certified?
For all of you SAS Visual Analytics users out there who are up to the challenge, the exam is available now through Pearson VUE. Training options are available on our exam preparation page. Good luck with your preparations!