Clients often want their website available in the app store, mostly just for app store presence. I got asked to do app wrapping at work a while ago, because the client purchased a tool that did not have a native app available, only a mob...
Taking your time and logical thinking gets you quite far in the exam. If I can give you one tip it would be: if you don’t know the answer to a question, just go with your gut feeling and note the question number somewhere so you can get back to it when you have time left in the end. Not answering is guaranteed to be wrong.
Once you pass the exam you get a certificate and certification badges for use wherever you want. People can look you up as being certified through the Xamarin Developer Certification page. And you also get a Xamarin Certification trophy to show off. I expected it to be plastic, but it turned out to be made of glass. Very nice!
There is a steep price point of $ 1995 for enrollment in Xamarin University for your first year. It drops to $ 1499 for each subsequent year. However, if you think about the instructors who put a lot of time and effort in this, it isn’t such a high price.
Personally I certainly believe it is worth it, at least for your initial certification process. Although I was using Xamarin for quite some time already I have learned new things in every class I took, even in the 101 classes! So even if you don’t want to get certified, you certainly get a lot of value out of Xamarin University.
You also get Office Hours, which means you get up to 8 sessions of about 30 minutes. With Office Hours you can get answers from instructors about classes, code reviews, architectural guidance or general mobile strategy. I have not yet used this, but it certainly adds value. Plus you get some Xamarin swag during the process.
The future will tell if the recertification process is worth it as well. So until then, I would suggest to join Xamarin University if you haven’t made up your mind yet.