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Tableau Desktop Certified Associate Practice Exam

Tableau Desktop Certified Associate

This exam is for those candidates who have a complete understanding of functionality in Tableau Desktop. Mostly, this exam is focused on comprehensive functionality and product expertise.

Exam Prerequisites

There are no required prerequisites for this exam. Everyone learns differently and everyday use of Tableau varies. Recommendations for learning resources and experience with the product are guidelines, not requirements.

Exam Details

  • Exam Fee:$250
  • Suggested Training: Desktop I & Desktop II
  • Required Prerequisites: None
  • Suggested Product Experience: 5+ Months
  • Product Version: Currently testing on 2020.1
  • Title Valid For: Two years

Exam Format

  • Time Limit: 2 hours; please plan for extra time for online exam setup.
  • Question Format: Multiple choice, multiple response, true/false, hands-on
  • Number of Questions: 36
  • Scoring: Automatically scored; point value varies per question type with hands-on worth more
  • Passing Score: 75%
  • Language(s) Offered: English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, German, French, Brazilian Portuguese, International Spanish
  • Delivery Platform: Windows Virtual Machine containing Tableau Desktop

Course Outline 

The Tableau Desktop Certified Associate exam covers the following topics – 

Data Connections - 17%

Connect to Tableau Server

Describe connection options

Connect to different data source types

Join tables from single and multiple databases

Prepare Data for Analysis:


Metadata Grid



Data Interpreter

Explain data extract formats and capabilities

Create extracts with multiple tables

Explain performance considerations between blends, joins, and cross-database joins

Use Automatic & Custom Split

Organizing & Simplifying Data - 10%

Understand how to:

Filter data

Sort data

Build groups

Build hierarchies

Build sets

Field & Chart Types - 15%

Explain the difference between measures and


Explain the difference between discrete and

continuous fields

Explain how to utilize Tableau-generated fields

Understand how and when to build:


Heat maps

Tree maps

Bullet graphs

Combined axis charts

Dual axis charts

Scatter plots

Cross tabs

Bar in bar charts

Box plots

Use titles, captions and tooltips effectively

Edit axes

Use mark labels and annotations

Calculations - 18%

Understand how to:

Manipulate string and date calculations

Create quick table calculations

Use level of detail (LOD) expressions

Explain different types of LOD expressions

Use Ad-hoc calculations

Work with aggregation options

Build logic statements

Build arithmetic calculations

Build grand totals and sub-totals

Use calculations in join clauses

Mapping - 13%

Navigate maps, including:

Pan & Zoom


Map layering

Custom territories

Lasso & Radial selection

Geographic search

Modify locations within Tableau

Import and manage custom geocoding

Use a background image map

Connect to spatial files

Analytics - 15%

Use the following in visual analysis:

Reference Lines

Reference Bands

Trend Lines

Trend Model


Drag & Drop Analytics

Box Plot

Reference distributions

Statistical summary card

Instant Analytics

Data Highlighter

Dashboards - 12%

Build dashboards and stories

Create dashboard actions

Design dashboards for viewing on devices

Utilize visual best practices for viewing ondevices

Describe publishing & sharing options

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