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Preparing for the PL-300 Certification: Visualize & Analyze Data

Preparing for the PL-300 Certification: Visualize & Analyze Data


This is Angelica Domenech's fourth episode in the series focused on helping individuals prepare for the PL-300 Power BI Data Analyst exam. In this video, the focus will be on the 3rd functional group, Visualize and Analyze the Data. The previous functional groups, Model the Data and Prepare the Data, have already been covered, along with an exam overview and tips for taking the exam. For those who haven't watched those videos yet, it is recommended to check the links in the description below. The episode will now dive into this functional group and explore the skills and concepts that need to be mastered.

Functional Group Overview

The Visualize and Analyze the Data functional group in the PL-300 exam consists of three objectives: Create Reports, Enhance Reports for Usability and Storytelling, and Identify Patterns and Trends. Each objective covers specific skills that you need to understand to become a master Power BI Data Analyst. Let's take a closer look at each objective and its associated skills.

Objective 1: Create Reports:

  • Build visualizations using various chart types and visual elements.
  • Apply filters and slicers to interactively explore data.
  • Utilize drill through and tooltips to provide additional insights.
  • Design effective layouts for reports.

Objective 2: Enhance Reports for Usability and Storytelling:

  • Use color themes and formatting options to improve report aesthetics.
  • Incorporate custom visuals and templates to enhance report functionality.
  • Utilize bookmarks and page navigation to create interactive experiences.
  • Tell a data story by using report elements strategically.

Objective 3: Identify Patterns and Trends:

  • Apply statistical techniques to identify patterns and trends.
  • Utilize forecasting methods to make predictions.
  • Implement advanced analytics features, such as clustering and sentiment analysis.
  • Utilize AI insights for enhanced data analysis.

Practice Question

To help you understand how these skills are applied, let's dive into a practice question from the exam.


You are a Power BI consultant in the final stage of developing a sales report for a private company. The company has asked you to configure the report interactions so that when the PlayAxis slicer is playing, the following occurs:

  • The Sales Analysis by Country column chart should only show the total sales of each country for the selected year.
  • The Total Sales All Countries card visual should always show the sum of all sales.
  • The Profit by Country pie chart should focus on the profit for the selected year as well as show total profit for all years.


To achieve these report interactions, you need to configure the behaviors for each visual. First, enable edit interactions by selecting the PlayAxis slicer and toggling on edit interactions in the format tab. Then, configure the following interactions:

  • Sales Analysis by Country column chart: Set to filter.
  • Total Sales All Countries card visual: Set to no impact.
  • Profit by Country pie chart: Set to highlight.

By configuring these interactions, you ensure that the column chart only shows the total sales for the selected year, the card visual always shows the sum of all sales, and the pie chart focuses on the profit for the selected year while also displaying the total profit for all years.

Tip: Pay close attention to the wording and requirements of each question in the exam, as solutions may look similar but have different results. Practice analyzing different scenarios to become familiar with the interactions in Power BI.

Continuing Your Preparation

I hope this brief glimpse into the Visualize and Analyze the Data functional group has given you insights into the skills and techniques required for the PL-300 exam. Remember, mastering these objectives will help you become a proficient Power BI Data Analyst.

If you want to dive deeper into the PL-300 exam study guide, I invite you to check out our comprehensive PL-300 review course on our on-demand learning platform. In this course, we cover every single bullet point in the exam study guide to ensure you are fully prepared for the exam.


We hope you enjoyed this episode focused on Visualize and Analyze the Data. We explored the objectives and skills required for this functional group, as well as addressed a practice question to help you apply your knowledge. Stay tuned to the Pragmatic Works' YouTube channel for future episodes in this series as we continue our journey towards the PL-300 Power BI Data Analyst certification. And if you're looking for more content on this subject and other Microsoft applications, then sign up for the Pragmatic Works' on-demand learning platform

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