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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Certifications Now Available

    To support the Microsoft community in adoption of Microsoft Azure as the cloud for their modern businesses, Microsoft Learning is proud to announce the availability of two new Microsoft Azure exams. Each of the following exams awards individuals with a Microsoft Specialist certification, validating knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft, Pearson VUE partner to make exam-taking and scheduling more convenient

    At Microsoft, we’re committed to giving you powerful computing, at any location and on any device. That principle applies to training, too: it should be just as convenient for you to learn how to make the most of our products and gain valuable certifications. So I'm pleased to tell you that...
  • Blog Post: MCSD Recertification Exams Now Available

    The first wave of recertification exams, corresponding to all five MCSD specialties, is now available. Details can be found on the web pages referenced below. Please note that recertification exams cover material from the exams taken to originally earn the credential, with particular emphasis on the...
  • Blog Post: We're Listening! Results from the MCP Survey!

    Every year, we randomly select...well...a lot of MCPs to participate in a survey to gauge satisfaction with the MCP program overall, evaluate the Microsoft Certification Program relative to programs of other IT vendors, and determine areas for improvement. We recently received the results from that survey...
  • Blog Post: My Certification Journey - Part 3 (There and Back Again)

    Well…I did it. Two days ago, I passed Exam 70-485: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C# and completed my requirements to earn the MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C# certification. Of course, I'm elated - this achievement makes it to my Top 10 list of professional goals - but...
  • Blog Post: Update: App Review to Cert Pilot Program Now Open Worldwide

    Based on customer demand, Microsoft Learning and Microsoft Premier Field Engineering (PFE) are expanding the App Review To Cert Pilot to cover the worldwide MCP community. Originally launched in July, this program aligns with the needs of software developers for a real-world performance-based alternative...
  • Blog Post: Get Credit Towards Certification with your Windows Store Apps

    Just in case you didn't get a chance to read this week's MCP newsletter, here's info on an exciting new certification pilot program we launched today... To align with the needs of software developers for a real-world performance-based alternative to exams for validating their technical...
  • Blog Post: Certification Update - Recertification Exams (Revised)

    NOTE: My thanks to all that provided feedback on this thread. Based on concerns you raised about maintenance of multiple MCSD and/or MSCE certifications, we have been able to make a change to the recertification deadline to ensure that all individuals will have a minimum of 12 months to prepare for...
  • Blog Post: Score Reports: Your Questions Answered

    In response to my recent " Dissecting Your Score Report " blog series, you have posted a number of comments and questions that I want to answer with more detail than what I might provide in a comment to the post. I also want to address a few frequently asked questions related to scoring and...
  • Blog Post: Exam/Certification Update - MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

    To help students stay current with the latest ALM processes and tools, Exams 496, 497, and 498 will be refreshed on June 8, 2014 to cover solutions based on Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013. Details on the exam updates, in the form of side-by-side comparisons of exam objectives,...
  • Blog Post: A Day in the Life... Of a Psychomagician... I Mean Psychometrician

    Super Sigma launched our "Day in the Life" series last month, describing what project managers (aka PjMs) do on the exam development team in Microsoft. This month, the super heroes will walk you through what it is that psychometricians (aka psychos--so appropriate on so many levels, especially...
  • Blog Post: Demystifying Exam Scoring: Translating Raw Scores to Scaled Scores

    As part of my "Dissecting Score Reports" series, I've had a lot of questions, comments, confusion around how questions are scored and how that translates to the score you receive. Here are the key points about question and exam scoring: 1) All questions are worth 1 point unless otherwise...
  • Blog Post: Dissecting Your Upgrade Score Report: What Does It All Mean? Part 4

    To date, I've walked you through the traditional score report ; in a future post, I will address some of the questions that you raised in your comments as well as some frequently asked questions, so keep asking them! Today, let's turn our attention to upgrade score reports. Because upgrade...
  • Blog Post: Certification Update 2: SQL Server 2014

    To help MCITP: SQL Server 2008 credential holders upgrade to MCSE: Data Platform and MCSE: Business Intelligence certifications while staying current with upcoming release of SQL Server 2014, upgrade exams 70-459 and 70-460 will be updated on May 15, 2014 to cover solutions based on both SQL Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: List of Upcoming Exam Retirements - April 2014

    As technology changes, we add new exams and revise or retire older exams. We have planned the exam retirement dates for the next 12 months and have listed them in a downloadable page below. Both the exams and dates that are planned for retirement are subject to change, so please check the exam retirement...
  • Blog Post: Dissecting Score Reports: What Does It All Mean? Part 3

    So far, I have walked you though the introductory information, bar chart , "top 3 opportunities for improvement" list on fail reports, and the "comparison to others" charts in previous posts...what's left, you ask? Well, thanks for asking! Because it's looking like I've...
  • Blog Post: What are the Hot Trends and Innovations Happening in the Testing Industry? What Do You Think?

    As I promised in a my post about a session that Super Sigma... I mean, Briana, and I presented at the Innovations in Testing Conference in March, I want to share what I learned about trends, innovations, and hot topics that are emerging in the testing industry. As Kerri Davis mentioned in her post ,...
  • Blog Post: Dissecting Your Score Report: What Does It All Mean? Part 2

    In my first blog in this series of posts designed to help you understand the information that we provide in your score report and how to use it, I walked you through the first section of the score report, including the bar chart showing your performance on each major section (functional group) on the...
  • Blog Post: A Day in the Life... of a PjM!

    Hello hello everyone! Psychomagician and I are bringing you a mini-series within the ACE Chronicles. The ‘Day in the Life’ trio of episodes will give you behind the scene insights into what a PjM, CDM, and Psychometrician actually do every day! You didn’t think that these fun videos...
  • Blog Post: Dissecting Score Reports: What Does It All Mean? Part 1

    As part of the Certification Challenge, Veronica Sopher and Mel Batham asked me write a blog post walking our loyal readers through the different sections of a score report, explaining what each means, how to interpret your results, how to focus your studies if you fail an exam or simply want to improve...
  • Blog Post: Exam/Certification Update 2 - MCSD: Web Applications

    To help students stay current with the latest Web Application development processes, Exams 486 and 487 will be refreshed on April 30, 2014 to cover solutions based on Visual Studio 2013, MVC 5, and recent developments in Windows Azure. Details on the exam updates, in the form of side-by-side comparisons...
  • Blog Post: Certification Update: SQL Server 2014

    To help students stay current with upcoming release of SQL Server 2014, all MCSE-level SQL exams (464 through 467) will be updated on April 24, 2014 to cover solutions based on both SQL Server 2012 and 2014 products. The MCSA: SQL Server 2012 credential and associated exams (461/462/463) will remain...
  • Blog Post: Confessions of an exam addict

    Guest post by Telmo Sampaio , MCT Hi, I’m Telmo. I’m an addict. It’s been eight days since I last took a test. I still remember my first hit as if it were today. It was early in the afternoon on January 12, 1996. I was anxiously waiting, one hand gripping a pencil, the other in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is NOT Trying to Trick You!

    That's right... I said it... Microsoft is NOT trying to trick you! I have been working the our content development managers reviewing the comments that you provide after taking one of our certification exams (yes, we do read them!), and one comment that we see on nearly every exam is that an item...
  • Blog Post: Well, hello there!

    Hi All! This is Laura, I’m the new gal on the Microsoft Learning Assessment and Certification Exams (ACE) Team. So I’m basically the last to join the blog wagon but I thought it would be fun if you joined me on my journey as I learn what I’ll be doing here at Microsoft Learning...