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Magento, E-commerce | Dec 28, 2017

Magento 2 Certified Solution Specialist Study Guide

Arturs Kruze
Chief Executive Officer

Lately, I have received different questions about the Magento 2 Certified Solution Specialist exam so I just thought it might be better to create a single answer in the form of blog post.

This was my 3rd Magento certificate and it was one of the hardest one to prepare for. Could be because of that it was in Beta when I took it.

Anyways, I hope this post will help you prepare and pass the exam.

Exam details

The official Magento website is says the following:

  • 75 Multiple Choice items
  • 90 minutes to complete the exam
  • All questions are valid for Magento Community Edition (2.0.x/2.1.x) and Magento Enterprise Edition (2.0.x/2.1.x) — check if this has changed before taking the exam
  • All questions assume the default state of native Magento installations, except where specified in the question
  • No hard-copy or online materials may be referenced during the exam

The passing score is not published anywhere as Magento states that it changes time to time. While it is not an official number, 77% is a number I consider a safe passing score (75.5% +/- 1.5%).

What to study for the exam

E-commerce (23%)

For me, this was the easy part. The questions in this section are mostly about general stuff. For example, what is a hosted payment gateway (do you get redirected to a 3rd party website or host it on your own website).

When going for the exam, make sure you know eCommerce and its terms well. If you want to pass the Magento exam just by reading some materials — I am sure you won’t pass. This exam is intended for those who are in touch with eCommerce and Magento on a daily basis.

Some things I was asked about in the Beta exam:

Magento 2 Architecture (24%)

In this section, prepare for questions about the Magento API, website/store/store-view hierarchy and how to properly use it. If you are familiar with Magento on a daily basis or already Magento 1 Certified — this should not be a problem for you.

For example, for API related questions I recall only 4 (don’t remember them precisely as I took the exam more than 4 months ago). I don’t think there were more API questions in the exam.

Some other questions from this section I remember:

Features and Functionality (30%)

Before getting certified, make sure you have hands on experience on Magento Open Source (formerly Community Edition) as well as Commerce (formerly Enterprise). If you want to have a hands on experience on Enterprise demo site — shoot me a message and I can help you.

From the feedback I got, many had problems with the M2CSS exam just because they didn’t have knowledge about Magento Commerce.

In preparation, here are some questions that will help you prepare for this section:

Application of Knowledge to Business Goals (23%)

This was the trickiest part of the exam. These questions are not really related to Magento and many of them were brick-and-mortar store questions. As these questions are not really related to Magento itself, I will just give you some general questions you might need in the exam.

  • What does SMART stand for?
  • What does KPI stand for? Why is it important?
  • How to calculate conversion rate for your website?
  • What does ERP stand for? Why is it useful?
  • What are the differences of brick-and-mortar stores and online stores? While this is a very broad question, there were like 4 or 5 questions about this in the exam. Make sure to read some articles like this and this.

Study materials

Before you take all the tests — make sure you feel ready and confident. Otherwise, you will learn the answers for certain cases and might end up with shortage of correct questions later. Once you feel ready, practice with the test questions and forms.

Here are some useful links I used before getting certified.

Swift Otter’s Study Guide — one of the most useful guides available. Make sure you not only read it but also understand the things there. Do some extra research about areas you don’t feel confident about.

Magento’s Official Study Guide — to be honest, it has a lot of side-info which is not in the exam at the moment. Anyways, make sure you understand the info written there. Wasn’t the most helpful document for me though.

Demac Media’s Study Guide (PDF, Web)— a lot of this info is covered in the Swift Otter’s Study Guide but still worth having a read.

Marketing terms — submitted by Marco, a reader that passed the exam following the tips of this article.

Test yourself

For your convenience, here are questions I gathered up from different places.

  1. Official questions for preparation
  2. Swift Otter Test
  3. Some extra questions for preparation

Still need help?

If you still need help preparing for the Magento 2 Certification exam — shoot me a message to I will try my best to help you.

In case you want me to prepare a bigger group or have some training courses for your company — no worries, at Magebit we also offer that.

Magebit is a full service eCommerce agency specialized in Magento. At Magebit we create the wonders of eCommerce and support small sites as well as large enterprises.

You can contact us at or through the contact us page.

Arturs Kruze
Chief Executive Officer
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