Take this exam and get a free Second Shot to pass. Sign in to see if you are already eligible.



  • Published:
    01 February 2013
  • Languages:
    English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • Credit towards certification:

Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

* Secondary and higher education students are eligible for special academic pricing. See Exam policies and FAQ for details. Pricing does not reflect any promotional offers or reduced pricing for Microsoft IT Academy program members, Microsoft Certified Trainers and Microsoft Partner Network program members. Pricing is subject to change without notice. Pricing does not include applicable taxes. Please confirm exact pricing with the exam provider before registering to take an exam.

Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area in the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area in the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification Program.

If you have concerns about specific questions on this exam, please submit an exam challenge.

Design a SharePoint topology (20–25%)
  • Design information architecture
    • Design an inter-site navigational taxonomy; design site columns and content types; design keywords, synonyms, best bets and managed properties; plan information management policies; plan managed site structures; plan term sets; plan hybrid cloud integration requirements
  • Design a logical architecture
    • Plan application pools; plan web applications; plan for software boundaries; plan content databases; plan host-header site collections; plan zones and alternate access mapping
  • Design a physical architecture
    • Design a storage architecture; configure basic request management; define individual server requirements; define service topologies; plan server load balancing; plan a network infrastructure
  • Plan a SharePoint Online (Microsoft Office 365) deployment
    • Evaluate service offerings; plan service applications; plan site collections; plan customisations and solutions; plan security for SharePoint Online; plan networking services for SharePoint Online

Preparation resources

Plan security (20–25%)
  • Plan and configure authentication
    • Plan and configure Windows authentication; plan and configure identity federation; configure claims providers; configure site-to-site (S2S) intra-server and OAuth authentication; plan and configure anonymous authentication; configure connections to Access Control Service; configure authentication for hybrid cloud deployments
  • Plan and configure authorisation
    • Plan and configure SharePoint users and groups; plan and configure People Picker; plan and configure sharing; plan and configure permission inheritance; plan and configure anonymous access; plan web application policies
  • Plan and configure platform security
    • Plan and configure security isolation; plan and configure services lockdown; plan and configure general firewall security; plan and configure antivirus settings; plan and configure certificate management
  • Plan and configure farm-level security
    • Plan rights management; plan and configure delegated farm administration; plan and configure delegated service application administration; plan and configure managed accounts; plan and configure blocked file types; plan and configure web part security

Preparation resources

Install and configure SharePoint farms (20–25%)
  • Plan installation
    • Identify and configure installation prerequisites; implement scripted deployment; implement patch slipstreaming; plan and install language packs; plan and configure service connection points; plan installation tracking and auditing; implement managed paths for Office 365 migrations; configure SharePoint hybrid cloud settings
  • Plan and configure farm-wide settings
    • Configure incoming and outgoing email; plan and configure proxy groups; configure SharePoint Designer settings; plan and configure a corporate catalogue; configure Office Web Apps integration; configure Microsoft Azure workflow server integration
  • Create and configure enterprise search
    • Plan and configure a search topology; plan and configure content sources; plan and configure crawl schedules; plan and configure crawl rules; plan and configure crawl performance; plan and configure security trimming
  • Create and configure a Managed Metadata Service (MMS) application
    • Configure proxy settings for managed service applications; configure content type hub settings; configure sharing term sets; plan and configure content type propagation schedules; configure custom properties; configure term store permissions; configure managed metadata service (MMS) imports
  • Create and configure a User Profile Service (UPA) application
    • Configure a UPA application; set up My Sites and My Site hosts; configure social permissions; plan and configure sync connections; configure profile properties, configure audiences

Preparation resources

Create and Configure web applications and site collections (15–20%)
  • Provision and configure web applications
    • Create managed paths; configure HTTP throttling; configure List throttling; configure Alternate Access Mappings (AAM); configure an authentication provider; configure SharePoint Designer settings
  • Create and maintain site collections
    • Configure Host header site collections; configure self-service site creation; maintain site owners; maintain site quotas; configure site policies; configure a team mailbox
  • Manage site and site collection security
    • Manage site access requests; manage App permissions; manage anonymous access; manage permission inheritance; configure permission levels; configure HTML field security
  • Manage search
    • Manage result sources; manage query rules; manage display templates; manage Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) settings; manage result types; manage a search schema
  • Manage taxonomy
    • Manage site collection term set access; manage term set navigation; manage topic catalogue pages; configure custom properties; configure search refinement; configure list refinement

Preparation resources

Maintain a core SharePoint environment (20–25%)
  • Monitor a SharePoint environment
    • Define monitoring requirements; configure performance counter capture; configure page performance monitoring; configure usage and health providers; monitor and forecast storage needs; monitor SharePoint hybrid cloud deployments
  • Tune and optimise a SharePoint environment
    • Plan and configure SQL optimisation; execute database maintenance rules; plan for capacity software boundaries; estimate storage requirements; plan and configure caching; tune network performance
  • Troubleshoot a SharePoint environment
    • Establish baseline performance; perform client-side tracing; perform server-side tracing; analyse usage data; enable a developer dashboard; analyse diagnostic logs; troubleshoot SharePoint hybrid cloud issues

Preparation resources

Preparation options

Instructor-led training
Find a Microsoft Learning Partner near you
Exam prep video

Microsoft Certification PREP Talk: Exam 331

In this episode of Prep tips from certification experts, James Seymour, Certification Planner and William Baer, Senior Product Marketing Manager on the SharePoint product group, discuss the relevancy of the skills being measured in Exam 331.

Practice test

Take a Microsoft Official Practice Test for Exam 331

From the community
Cover of 'Exam Ref 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013'

Exam Ref 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
Published: 15 June 2013

Prepare for Exam 70-331 and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 core solutions. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSE level.

Buy this book at the Microsoft Press Store

Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam typically have more than four years of hands-on experience planning and maintaining SharePoint and other core technologies upon which SharePoint depends, including Windows Server 2008 R2 or later, Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 or later, Active Directory, and networking infrastructure services.

More information about exams

Preparing for an exam

We recommend that you review this exam preparation guide in its entirety and familiarise yourself with the resources on this website before you schedule your exam. See the Microsoft Certification exam overview for information about registration, videos of typical exam question formats and other preparation resources. For information on exam policies and scoring, see the Microsoft Certification exam policies and FAQs.


This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format. To help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the specified training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills measured" section.