Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder

As we all know that this year Salesforce has introduced many new certifications in Marketing and Pardot tracks. Salesforce has announced three (3) new Salesforce certifications for Developers too!
  1. Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder
  2. Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I
    • MCQ's exam (No Prerequisite, 60 multiple-choice/multiple-select questions)
  3. The Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II
    • MCQ's exam (Prerequisite - Successful completion of the Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I exam, 60 multiple-choice/multiple-select questions)
    • Programming Assignment
    • Essay Exam 
With these new certifications, Salesforce has planned to transition:

As per Salesforce,
Of course you can continue to maintain your existing credentials. Also effective Sept. 14, 2015 the Salesforce Certified Developer and Salesforce Certified Advanced Developer exams will no longer be available for new applicants to register.

On 29th of November, 2015 I got a chance to appear in Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder. Of course I got PASSED otherwise I would not dare to write this post with my experience! As an existing Salesforce Certified Developer, I appeared in Transition exam instead of Full Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder exam.

About the Transition Exam 

The Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder multiple-choice transition exam has the following characteristics:
  • Content: 20 multiple-choice/multiple-select questions
  • Time allotted to complete the exam: 30 minutes
  • Passing Score: 65%
  • Attempts to pass: 3
  • Registration fee: 100 USD; Retake fee: 50 USD

Study Resources

One more thing to note about this transition exam is although there are only 20 questions for 30 minutes but the wording of those questions were not clear and more challenging. So the recommendation would be to take complete 30 minutes and review carefully all questions and answeres before submitting the exam.