SQL Databases for Practice

Enhance your SQL skills through self-guided exploration of real-world datasets. Get hands-on experience in data analysis across various industries.

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Welcome to "SQL Databases for Practice." This unique resource on our platform is designed to help you learn to analyze data using SQL on your own. In real-world situations, data analysts explore databases independently, formulate their own questions, and craft the answers using SQL. This skill is critical for any data analyst.

This course offers a variety of databases from our other courses for you to practice with. Unlike our other courses, there are no guided exercises here. Instead, you are encouraged to explore the databases at your own pace, find patterns, and gather important insights from the data.

This online course is the perfect space to apply and refine the SQL skills you have developed. Learn how to use your SQL skills to explore the database, ask questions, and write SQL queries to answer them. Curious about how JOINs really work? Need a database to practice CTEs? You have come to the right place!

One of the biggest challenges in learning SQL is finding a hassle-free place to practice. You often have to deal with technical installations and database setups, which can be a real pain. But with our SQL course, you can skip all that. Start writing and testing your queries right away in a user-friendly environment. It is all about focusing on boosting your SQL skills and getting a better grasp of how it all works.

This new resource is an experiment, so please send us your feedback at Let us know what you think about this format and any other SQL datasets you would like to see in this course.

This course is intended primarily as a resource within our All Forever SQL Package, but you may purchase it for use as a standalone supplement.

Dataset Overview

We have included the following databases in this course:

  • University Database: Query a database with information about lecturers, courses, students, course enrollments, and grades. It is a good start for those new to data exploration. This dataset is used in our course SQL Practice: University.
  • Northwind Store Database: Explore the database from an online store with information on customers, products, orders, and sales. Suitable for data analysts in any sector, this database is used in courses like Creating Basic SQL Reports, Customer Behavior Analysis in SQL, and Analyzing Revenue Trends in SQL.
  • Blog Traffic Database: Analyze blog traffic data from a popular pet store. Look at article performance, author contributions, and promotional effects. This dataset is perfect for marketers and data analysts focusing on time-series data and is used in SQL Practice: Blog and Window Functions Practice Set.
  • Athletics Finals Database: Access detailed results from major track events like the Rio 2016 Olympics. It is ideal for sports enthusiasts and analysts looking to practice SQL queries on event rankings and performances. This dataset is used in SQL Practice: Run Track Through Queries and other practice sets.
  • Chinook Music Store Database: Explore the database from a digital music store with information on artists, albums, songs, customers, and sales. Perfect for data analysts and music lovers, this database is great to practice simple and intermediate SQL queries.
  • Museum of Modern Art Database: Explore the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) database featuring paintings and sculptures from New York City’s iconic museum. This database is ideal for data analysts and art enthusiasts, offering a perfect opportunity to practice basic and intermediate SQL queries.

Who should take this course?

This course is ideally suited for data analysts, marketing professionals, sports enthusiasts, or anyone interested in improving working on their own in SQL. Whether you are looking to advance in your career or satisfy your curiosity about data, this course provides valuable resources for practical learning.

What will I learn in this course?

  • Explore database structure on your own.
  • Ask questions about the data.
  • Write SQL queries that answer your questions.
  • Verify if your query is correct.
  • Gain confidence in handling large datasets.

What are the requirements?

  • A web browser
  • Basic knowledge of SQL

If you're a complete beginner, check out our SQL Basics course.

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The University Database

Explore the University dataset to uncover insights about courses, faculty qualifications, student enrollments, and grades. Which courses have had the highest enrollment? What is the average grade of the courses by lecturer? Are the popular courses easier? Dive into the dataset to find out.




The Northwind Store Database

Explore the Northwind store database to learn about sales operations, a fundamental aspect of any business. This dataset is ideal for data analysts to practice with, as it contains information on customers, products, orders, and order details. Analyze sales trends, understand customer behavior, and examine product performance across various categories.




The Blog Traffic Database

Explore the blog traffic dataset from a pet store to see how articles and products perform. This dataset is perfect for marketers and data analysts, with information on authors, articles, product pages, and traffic details. Discover which topics attract the most readers and which products get the most attention through the blog articles.




The Athletics Finals Database

Explore the Athletics Finals dataset, which includes detailed results from major track running events at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, London 2017 IAAF World Championships, and Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships. Not just a fantastic playground for data analysis, this dataset is also a trivia goldmine for sports enthusiasts. It is perfect for anyone who loves numbers as much as they love a photo finish!




The Chinook Music Store Database

Explore the data from a digital music store Chinook. This dataset is perfect for data analysts and music lovers, with information on artists, albums, songs, playlists, and sales. Find out which songs and artists are the most popular, what is the average duration of a song in each genre, and more.




The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Collection Database

Discover the treasures of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Find out which paintings by Picasso are currently on display, learn when Dali’s 'The Persistence of Memory' was created, and explore the dimensions of 'The Starry Night' by Vincent van Gogh. This dataset is ideal for SQL beginners and intermediate users, data analysts, and anyone with a passion for art.



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