I am very EXCITED to announce that we will beginning this month, subject matter experts (SMEs) who act as lead item writer or participate in alpha review or item selection/standard setting meetings will receive credit for the exam, meaning they will no longer be required to take the exam!! Can I hear a "WOOT!" from everyone!!!
Some important notes on eligibility for this awesome benefit:
Here's what I think are likely to be the most frequently asked questions... Let me know what other questions you have. In the meantime, add yourself to the SME database to increase the probability that you will be asked to participate in one of these exam development sessions!
Q: Who is eligible for exam credit through this process?
A: Currently, only the lead item writer, alpha SMEs, and item selection/standard setting SMEs are eligible. We are exploring other opportunities that might qualify, but only those SMEs who have seen all or most of the items on the exam are eligible because they have distinct advantage over other candidates.
Q: Does this apply all Microsoft certification programs?
A: Yes. SMEs who act as the lead item writer and/or participate in alpha or item selection/standard setting process for MTA, MBS, MOS, and MCSA/E/D exams are eligible.
Q: What must I do to earn this credit?
A: You must have a MCID and participate as the lead item writer and/or participate in alpha or item selection/standard setting process for new exam content development, what Microsoft considers v100. This benefit does not apply to the development of recertification or upgrade exams. If you are removed from an eligible exam development activity or leave prior to completing it, you will not be eligible for this benefit.
Q: Does this apply to new content that is developed to sustain an exam?
A: No. This only applies to the development of new exams because we expect that our content development vendors will hire certified SMEs to assist with the development of content associated with the sustainment of an exam.
Q: How will this be reflected on my transcript?
A: Exactly as all other exams that you have taken and passed appear on your transcript. Note that exams earned in this way will ONLY appear on your Microsoft transcript. They will NOT appear on the exam delivery provider’s transcript.
Q: When will this appear on my transcript?
A: Microsoft certification management database will be updated monthly to reflect this credit. The request will be submitted on the first business day of the month and will appear within 5 business days on your transcript.
Q: What should I do if I believe I should have received credit for an exam, but it doesn’t appear on my transcript?
A: Contact your regional service center.
Q: What date will be associated with this exam on my transcript?
A: The date that the credit is awarded. For some exams, this may be the date that drives your recertification requirement, so pay particular attention to this date if you want to maintain any associated certifications.
Q: Will I earn the associated certification if this is the last exam that I must pass to meet the certification requirements?
A: Yes as long as you have met all the certification requirements, the credit earned through this process applies as if you actually took and passed the exam.
WOOT, very nice that this is happening, only too bad not for v400 or recerts
Interesting news! Usually MCPs/MCTs who work at this level of the exam are then excluded from other activities e.g. teaching the associated course/book writing. Will this still be the case?
The conflict of interest still applies to exam development.
Thanks for asking.
One good turn deserves another!
I'm not an expert on this subject matter so can someone perhaps explain to me what a 'WOOT' is?
And from the user experience point of view I would love to know why this page has two places to leave a comment, one above the comments and one below.
@jschmikale - "WOOT" is generally understood as an expression of excitement. See www.urbandictionary.com/define.php .
As for the placement of comment boxes, the one directly below the blog post is for those who can't wait to say "woot," and the one at the end of the comment thread is for those who wanted to see all the "woots" from other Born to Learn blog readers. :)
Now how do I become a SME and help with exam preparation? I am already a MCP.