Querying SQL Server (70-461)

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Before you get started, note that your exam preparation should include both formal training and hands-on experience. We strongly recommend that you pair your Pluralsight training with ample hands-on experience in a production environment.


This series focuses on the skills needed to write a wide range of queries for Microsoft SQL Server. This material is applicable to the 70-461 Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 exam, and also applies to Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (Microsoft is not revising the exams with 2014-specific material).

Target audience:

This series is intended for Microsoft IT Professionals and Database Administrators seeking certification, as well as basic job skills applicable to administration of SQL Server 2012 and 2014 in a production environment.

Course sequence:

Course Duration
SQL Server 2012 Querying (70-461) Part 1 5h 12m
SQL Server 2012 Querying (70-461) Part 2 3h 40m
Total 8h 53m


This series will help you learn how to write a wide range of queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and later versions. These courses can also help you prepare for certification under Microsoft's MSCA - SQL Server program, by equipping you with the necessary skills to pass your 70-461 exam.


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Don Jones

Don Jones' broad IT experience comes from 20 years in the business, with a strong focus on Microsoft server technologies. He's the author of more than 45 technology books, including titles on administration and software development, and writes monthly columns for the industry's leading periodicals. He's an in-demand speaker at technical conferences and symposia worldwide, and is widely recognized as one of the top trainers in the Microsoft sector.