Office 365 Beta Exams are Now Available

Office 365 Beta Exams are Now Available

Thomas Dawkins - Microsoft Learning

Microsoft Office 365 is transforming the way IT Professionals provision our Office products and administer our industry leading business productivity tools (Exchange, SharePoint and Lync).  

How do you plan to position yourself as a certified Office 365 professional as the industry evolves using cloud services?

Today, Microsoft is announcing the availability of two new exams that help test an individual’s competency of Office 365. Those that pass the following two beta exams, will receive our Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification for Office 365. This certification will be promoted across the IT Industry as our “cloud services standard” that Microsoft expects from IT Professionals who are responsible for the migration and administration of Office 365 business productivity services. We plan to change the Microsoft Partner Network requirements for Office 365 partner competency in early 2014, with these new exams as requirements for their consulting staff to maintain.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Office 365

           Beta exam – 71-346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements

           Beta exam – 71-347: Enabling Office 365 Services

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Beta exam period runs: December 6th – February 16th, 2014.

We recommend that you register immediately in order to take advantage of the early availability of these exams. If you register, please ensure you are committed to attend.

Testing is held at most Prometric testing centers worldwide. These beta exams may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions). All testing centers will have the capability to offer these exams in its live version.

Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China, Turkey

If you pass a beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of MCP exams, when the exam is released in its final form the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration. Please note that these exams are testing on the current version of Office 365. The final exams will be released in February 2014.  At that point the “Beta” tag will be removed from the exam name. Your Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) transcript will not reflect “Beta” in the exam title.

By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.

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To register for your exam, go to the Prometric website http://www.prometric.com. If you have difficulty registering online, call Prometric at (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926). Let the representative know that you would like to register for a Microsoft beta exam and provide them the following exam information:

           71-346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements

           71-347: Enabling Office 365 Services

Outside the U.S./Canada, please contact: Prometric: www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp

Note that you will need to call Prometric directly to reschedule or cancel your exam. Rescheduling or cancelling your beta exam through Prometric’s web site will incur a fee.

Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although these beta exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions). All testing centers will have the capability to offer these exam in its live version.

Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China, Turkey

To register in North America, please call: Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)

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You will be given four hours to complete the beta exam. Please plan accordingly.

You can find the exam preparation information in the following exam webpages. Under the “Skills Measured” section of each page, you can find the technical areas that you will be measured in the exams.

www.microsoft.com/.../exam.aspx

www.microsoft.com/.../exam.aspx

Additional Office 365 exam preparation materials are on Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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You can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about beta exams here:

www.microsoft.com/.../exam-dev-release.aspx

For Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) help and information, you may log in to the MCP Web site at http://mcp.microsoft.com/ or contact your Regional Service Center: www.microsoft.com/.../assisted-support.aspx

For updates and information about exams, visit the Born to Learn blog at: borntolearn.mslearn.net

If you have questions or comments about the Microsoft Learning Subject Matter Experts program, contact mslcd@microsoft.com [mailto:mslcd@microsoft.com]

Comments
  • Vlad Catrinescu
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    Hey,

    I got a small question about the MCSA exam and the MPN Roadmap.  On the last edition Roadmap I got (October 2013), you give the choice to people to either take the O365 Technical Assessment (didn't personally do it, but according to people who did it.. it's easy.. and FREE) .. OR pay 300$ and get the MCSA O365 certification.

    If I was a normal employee and my company needed to keep it's Gold Partner Status, how would I justify asking for the time and $ to pass two exams, vs passing a small technical assessment?  

    Personally, I know the value the MCSA adds so  you already convinced me.. but how do you justify those extra costs to the average Joe?  Will you retire the O365 Technical Assessment and make the  MCSA mandatory? Furthermore, at the moment, there are 4 professionals needed, 2 IT and 2 Dev. All 4 must currently have either the MCSA O365 or the Technical Assesment.  

    Will those same 4 persons have to be mandatory O365 MCSA Certified, or it can be people who only got the MCSA and specialize only in the cloud?  If it's the first option, you realize the cost per person for a company who needs to keep it's gold competency is 600$ and 4 exams.  Making people pass 4 exams in a short time will often lead to people not taking the time to study for exams, end encourage them to use braindumps, which gives less value to the certification.

    I would really like more clarification on how this will integrate with the Partner Competency.. in April I guess?

    Thanks!

  • ImmoRhys
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    Heres a crazy idea Thomas - Get the Office 365 support to take the exam, instead of calling up every 30 minutes if we've fixed their product's design faults.

    "We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications." - Microsoft has never improved an exam, once released, it stays unchanged from start to end. This is why brain dumps are so common, and why the exams have no value.

  • mike
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    A paid beta, not free?

  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    @Mike - That's correct. Beta by invites are free. These are not. Liberty Munson explained this in her blog post re: beta availability: borntolearn.mslearn.net/.../everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-beta-exams-part-2-beta-availability.aspx

  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    @ImmoRhys - Thanks for your comment. If you've encountered product related issues, please contact the Office 365 team: office.microsoft.com/.../support .

    We encourage you to leave comments at the end of exams. Our exam team takes all feedback seriously. Did you read Liberty Munson's earlier post about dog-fooding? borntolearn.mslearn.net/.../eating-your-own-dogfood.aspx  It's an example of our focus on continuously improving exams and candidate experience.

  • p_gnanaprakash
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    Since it is NOT FREE exam, it can be open for all locations (like INDIA)... Why there is such restriction for paid exam?

  • Thomas Dawkins - Microsoft Learning

    @Vlad

    Vlad,

    Thanks for the comments.  We are working with the O365 business group and MPN competency team on determining what they would like to see as a competency level for their partner channel.  Previously having the role of a competency lead within a business group, I understand your frustration and also the side of the business group. We, our Learning Experience team, does not define the MPN competency requirements. We develop the training and exams that set the bar for qualified, competent partners.  As you noted, the Technical Assessment is free and easy. Easy does not help get qualified and competent partners, it gets partners into the program. Leveraging our exams and certifications as a part of the competency requirements, will help evolve our partner ecosystem to better support our customer needs and differentiate the quality of partners in our program.  

    Prior to coming to Microsoft, I managed a Microsoft consulting company. I achieved my MCSE and expected all my team members to have theirs also.  My ability to highlight the technical expertise of my staff was a key differentiator when responding to RFPs.  We won many state and national deals due to the qualifications of my staff. The investment that was made for training and certification had a solid ROI and I feel that this is still the case in talking with many Microsoft partners today.  

    It is Microsoft Learning Experience's future objective to make it easier for our partners to take these exams, when they want and where they want. We hope to announce something in the coming 18 months to make this a reality.    

    In regards to the timing and number of people required in the competency requirement changes, this is still being discussed between the business group and the MPN team. Expect to hear more from me when we release the exams and the certification in February.    

  • debendra sahu
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    Hi Veronica,

    Still you are not declared the 29th Oct 2013 events winners list.

    Already 50 days gone.

    I think Microsoft is showing the events popularity to giving vouchers.

    I don't think Microsoft is doing such type of things.

  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    @debendra - The winners were notified via email on the same day. Good luck next time!

  • DL Gross
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    What are the plans for the 70-321 and 70-323 exams and the MCTS/MCITP certification tracks for Office 365? Will there be an MSSE for O365?

  • Altocumulus Consulting
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    Leaving aside the question of whether Beta Exams should be free, what about availability of Preparation Material?

    How can one prepare for an exam if there is no material to study? I have searched thoroughly but have not been able to locate any material. Can anyone help with this?

  • willy.rjurado.com.ar
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    Dont think that is fair to pay MS for improve your BETA Exam. If you have a beta is clearly because its a crude product not ready for public reléase, so its a shame that you charge us for doing YOUR work.

    If you are going to charge for something, It sounds a honest practice to bring final round product, otherwise  it sound anything but serious.

  • Simon Marling
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    How do these two new exams align with the existing MCTS for Office 365 and MCITP for Office 365?  Do they complement the existing two or are they seen as a replacement?

  • michev.outlook.com
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    So, can we get an answer to the above question? I earned my MCITP for Office 365 with the beta of the previous exams, would like to know what will happen to those? Will you retire the certification alongside with the exams? Will we get an upgrade exam?

  • Thomas Dawkins - Microsoft Learning

    @Simon

    The new MCSA: Office 365 exams will be replacements. The new exams have different objective domains that IT professionals will be tested on that represents the work that they would conduct preparing, migrating and managing their Office 365.  

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