T-SQL Coding Specialist Certification

T-SQL (Transact-SQL) is rich in features and functionality. The language makes query writing easier, quicker, and more efficient.
T-SQL is a commands-based programming language used to administer the SQL Server, create and manage objects in an instance of SQL Server, in addition to inserting, retrieving, modifying, and deleting data in SQL Server tables.

Experienced business analysts, data scientists, administrators and software engineers recommend that individuals acquire and validate essential T-SQL skills before working in a Microsoft SQL Server system. This certification exam validates individuals ability to enable data from a separate table to be used within an operation without needing a subquery, the ability to implement bulk data-loading processes, insert multiple rows, or read data from an external sequential file.

What are the benefits of getting a T-SQL Certification?

The TSCS is a globally-recognized industry certification on T-SQL programming, which grants database administrators, system engineers, and developers the ability to assess their knowledge and get credentials for their programming skills.

The unique peculiarity of the TSCS Certification is the assessment modality, which consists of a real live coding environment, offering candidates the ability to write proper code to perform tasks-based questions. This technology is called LITA (Live in the Application) and Knowledge Pillars is one of the very few organizations able to provide this very advanced assessment solution.

Exam Details

Number of questions: 35

Time limit: 50 minutes

Passing score: 75%

Format: Linear and Live-in-the-App

The examination procedure
The students will have to answer all the questions within the given timeframe.

They are free to ignore as many questions as they want. They will have the option to flag the questions and then review them at the end of the test (within the 50 minutes timeframe). All unanswered questions will be marked as incorrect.

When the test finishes the result of the examination is sent to the Knowledge Pillars server for storing.

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Exam Objective Domains

Candidates for this exam are SQL Server database administers, system engineers, and developers who want to validate their skills and knowledge in writing queries using Transact-SQL. This certification will prove mastery of Transact-SQL data management, database programming and queries.

Prior to taking the exam, a candidate is expected to have approximately 150 hours of hands-on experience or lectures with programming using T-SQL.

Candidates should also have the following experience:

  • Reviewing and optimizing the performance of a Query.
  • Designing and developing tables aiding to the principles and architecture required.
  • Articulate experience in designing programming views, procedural and transactional programming
  • Understanding the implementation of a cloud with a database can be an added advantage.

Skills Measured:

  1. Operate data with Transact-SQL
  2. Query data with Transact-SQL components
  3. Manage databases using Transact-SQL
  1. Operate data with Transact-SQL
  • Sort data
    • The ORDER BY clause
  • Work with Set operators
  • Work with the CASE statement
    • Normal case and searched case
  • Apply looping
    • WHILE
  • Apply String operations
    • the LIKE operator
    • the BETWEEN operator
    • REPLACE function
  • Program User Defined Functions
    • The Create Function command
  1. Query data with Transact-SQL components
  • Use aggregate functions
    • COUNT
    • MAX
    • GROUP BY
  • Create subqueries
    • Correlated subqueries and uncorrelated subqueries
  • Use Table Expressions
    • Common Table Expressions
    • Derived tables
  • Apply WINDOW functions
    • the ROWNUMBER(), RANK() and DENSE_RANK() function LAG
  • Update data
    • the UPDATE in combination with the SET keyword
  • Work with PIVOT
    • Derived tables
  • Use XML exports
    • The FOR XML command and its options
  1. Manage databases using Transact-SQL
  • Establish links between tables
    • Use correct JOIN type
  • Use DDL Commands
    • the Create Table command
    • use correct GUIDS
    • The Create View command
  • Work with NULL values
    • the COALESCE function
    • IS NULL
  • Apply conversion functions
    • The DATETIMEOFFSET datatype
  • Use Exception handling
    • The THROW command
  • Use Transactions
    • The COMMIT command
    • CONCURRENCY keywords
Practice Test
Everyone can achieve more with practice!

T-SQL Coding Specialist Practice Test by Knowledge Pillars offers aspiring and professional database administrators, system engineers, and developers the ability to assess their knowledge and prepare for the TCSC international certification exam. This assessment performed live-in-the-app combines a variety of Parsons programming puzzles, drag-and-drop matching and multiple-choice question types. You can also choose the objective domains you want to practice. Those students who sign-up and practice frequently are guaranteed to pass their international certification exam. 

Each time you complete a practice test round, you receive a full performance and score report to help you focus on the exam domain objectives that require more practice. You can use the practice test as many times as you like within 90 days and observe how you improve by comparing your previous performance and score reports.

Practice Test Details

Number of questions: 120
Access Limit: 90 days
Format: Linear and Live-in-the-App
Modes: Real Test and Practice Test

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How to take the T-SQL Exam

If you’re ready to get T-SQL certified, all you need to do is follow the steps below:

  • register on Knowledge Pillars and create your account,
  • purchase your exam voucher from the Knowledge Pillars webshop,
  • you will receive email instructions on how and where to take the exam, be sure to check your email SPAM and add Knowledge Pillars to your email contact list.

Once you have passed your T-SQL exam, you will get a confirmation email from Knowledge Pillars informing you where and when you will access your digital transcript and digital certificate.

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IMPORTANT: Knowledge Pillars Certifications are available through remote proctoring. Scheduling instructions will be provided in the order confirmation e-mail. Please contact our support for more information: [email protected]


Technical Requirements

The minimum system requirements are:

  • Operating system: Windows 7/8/10 OS, MacOS X 10.0x or newer, Linux OS
  • Minimum RAM: 1GB or more depending on the Operating System
  • Minimum processor: 1.0 Ghz or more depending on the operating system and the architecture
  • A color monitor with minimum display resolution: 1366px by 768px
  • Internet access
  • The latest version of the Chrome browser
  • Automatic updates, notifications, other popup windows, and anything that can disrupt the examination process should be disabled

T-SQL Coding Specialist

Number of questions: 35
Time limit 50 minutes
Passing score 75%
Format Linear and In-App
Practice Test Yes »

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T-SQL knowledge has served me well in my database admin career. I taught myself T-SQL and have worked on Microsoft SQL Servers for the past 5 years. I’m excited to get this new T-SQL certification from Knowledge Pillars because I know it will help position me in the market to compete in what is projected to be a heavily in-demand industry. There are so many database avenues for me to explore, validating my T-SQL skills is just one of the steps I will take to power up my résumé.

Ana Cristi

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