The New GAIQ: Google Analytics Certification

A little while ago, I studied for, took and passed the Google Analytics Certification test from Google Partners. I did this in order to cover it for the ClickMinded search engine optimization training class. It’s also the test that we modeled for the ClickMinded SEO Certification. I was able to pass after about 4 hours of studying. With that said, I had been using Google Analytics for a few years. You need to get at least 56/70 questions correct for a passing grade of 80%. There are a ton of fantastic walkthroughs out there on how to pass this exam, but I felt that some of them were a little bit too wordy, and sort of trick you into over-preparing for it when you don’t really need to.

Ready? Here’s how I passed it after just an afternoon of studying:

Step 1

First, go to the Google Partners and click “Join Google Partners”. This can be the same as your your Google login.

Step 2

Next, go to Google Analytics Academy and take all the lessons.

As today there are 3 different courses that are free and really helpful. They are:

  • Digital Analytics Fundamentals
  • Google Analytics Platforms Principles
  • Ecommerce Analytics: From Data to Decision.

Each course is taught by Justin Cutroni and consist of a walk-through guide and video. I would highly suggest you to take all 3 courses – really great content. If you want to study above and beyond Google Analytics Academy, checkout Avinash Kaushik.

Step 3

Once you’re done watching the videos, and you’ve taken notes and read through the practice problems once, go back to the Google Partner center and fire up the test. It will open up a browser that doesn’t let you escape, so make sure to open up a second browser, and include the following 5 tabs: Analytics Help Center, Google Analytics Academy, your Actual Google Analytics Account, and of course the big G itself.

Be careful because as soon as you start, you won’t be able to mark a question and/or to go back and check your answer. I also suggest getting familiar with the Analytics help center. Most of the answers can be found there.

Heads up! Once you start the test, you can’t pause, go back, or mark questions!

The test takes an hour and a half. I used up all the time. If you fail, you’ll have to wait 7 days before taking it again.

The certification is valid for 18 months, and you get a shiny new logo and another line on your resume.

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