Every year, I update the FAQs related to exams on the Microsoft Learning website (did you know that we had these?). With the changes to the certification program and the redesign of the website, this year's changes were more substantial than most. In addition, I am often asked these types of questions...(hmmmm....maybe that's why they are called "frequently asked questions"), so I wanted to highlight the updates and remind everyone that these are the answers that they seek and they can be found on our website.
You'll find answers to these questions and more here.
Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to let me know what questions you have that I haven't answered here. I'm curious about what might be missing or where you'd like more information.
As always, I'm happy to answer any and all of the questions that I can (remember--there are some questions you have that I cannot answer, but I'll let you know if that's the case). Or, even if the answer is here and you just want to say 'hi,' I love those messages, too!
The job you made on the FAQ is fabulous, very interesting and I learn many new things on the exam certification and I can say that I was Out before (and don't ask me how I was doing). This is just a mine of information and I think that everyone how want to certify on MS Product must read this FAQ and I will inform my colleagues all of the following.
I have a question regarding the additional 30 minutes, is that applicable for MOS and MTA exams or just the 70- exams series (IT pro exams).
The request for an additional 30 minutes if you have to take an exam in English rather than your native language applies to all Microsoft certification exams. If you run into any issues when making this request, let me know.
I want to take the 70-464 and 70-465.
How can i prepare for those exams?
will MS publish exam kits in the near future?
I did a little digging into this, and unfortunately, training kits for these two exams are on our "wish list," meaning we currently don't have plans to create them, but if budget becomes available, we may. The planner suggests looking for a local SQL PASS chapter to see if there is a study group. http://www.sqlpass.org/
From MSL, beyond the MOC (www.microsoft.com/.../course.aspx www.microsoft.com/.../exam.aspx), and the usual prep guide search msdn/technet etc., we don't have anything planned.
I had some questions about the 70-413, I heard from others on this site that there might be issues with that particular exam and that it is currently under review, do you have any further information on this? I recently retook the 413 and failed it for the 2nd time, in the last 10 years I have only failed 2 microsoft tests, so this is a unique experience for me. I called MCP customer care because I had a valid concern about the exam and they just dismissed it and sent me to the website to fill out a form, I'm hoping to speak with you further about the potential exam issues.
Can you be more specific about the issues and concerns you have with 413? I've seen some other comments like this and have had SMEs review some of the questions, but their feedback is not in line with the comments I'm seeing on the blog. Any specifics would be great in helping me figure out where to look. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for the reply Liberty I appreciate it, I'll send an email very shortly with my concerns.
in the MCT Quarterly Update you spoke of the fact you are busy on an initiative to give automatic credit to SMEs who have been doing Alpha, Item Writing and Item Selection work for Microsoft exams. Will this be done for the 2012 exams and if so, how far back would you go with that? I have done 3 exams in Alpha and IW stage beginning of 2012 and would like to know if I need to pass them or I can better wait for this initiative to unfold.
Thanks for the answer.
This will not be retroactive. It will only apply to exam development work going forward (after the time that we implement this... assuming that we can--there are some systems challenges that we're still working through). The soonest this is likely to happen is later this calendar year, but it may not be ready until 2014.
Thanks for the question!
I have a question regarding the additional 30 minutes exam time if English is not my native language. I was happy to read this after running out of time on an exam and called Prometric to get the 30 minutes extra. They said the extra time is already in the exam by default? I had 2:15 min for the exam (2:45 total with surveys). ?
The 30 minutes isn't automatically built into the exam. They should provide an additional 30 minutes if you need to take the exam in English but it's not your preferred language. Here's the process:
English as a second language
When you register for an exam, you will be provided with a list of languages in which the exam is currently available. If an exam is not available in your native language, and you take it in English, you can request an additional 30 minutes to complete the exam. To request the additional 30 minutes, you need to register by phone rather than online. You must request this additional time when you register for the exam and make this arrangement before appearing at the testing center.
If you are having problems getting the additional 30 minutes, contact your regional service center. If that doesn't work, shoot me an email at email@example.com