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  • 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: 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: WPC 2014 Recap & Special Offer for Microsoft Partners

    Thanks for another great year at WPC 2014 That’s a wrap! Four jam-packed days, some 14k attendees from all over the world, and two thunderous downpours filled our week in Washington DC – exactly what we needed to create the “perfect storm” (get it? get it?) of in-depth content...
  • Blog Post: ACE NewsByte: Exchange Server 2013 Exams Updated for Service Pack 1

    Are you planning on taking Exchange Server 2013 in the near future? Then I have an update to share that may affect how you prepare for it. Exchange Server 2013 exams – specifically 341 and 342 – have now been updated for Service Pack 1. Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 introduced several...
  • 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: Improvements to Score Reports: Psychomagician and Super Sigma Investigate

    You may have heard that Microsoft is changing the score report based on feedback from key stakeholders such as yourself. In this installment of ACE Chronicles, Psychomagician and Super Sigma provide a high level overview of the improvements coming to score reports, including changing the anchors on the...
  • Blog Post: Psychomagician and Super Sigma Investigate How YOU Can Help Improve Exams: Microsoft Really Does Listen!

    Did you know that you can help us improve our certification exams? It’s easy! We have three different ways that you can provide feedback on our exams. Did you see something that you thought was technically inaccurate, unclear, or had multiple correct answers while you were taking an exam? Let...
  • 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: 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 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: Microsoft is Trying NOT to Trick You: Question Clarity

    Well, I think I've hit on a topic that really resonates with my loyal followers. Your comments to my recent blog post, " Microsoft is NOT Trying to Trick You, " have provided me with some interesting insight into your exam experiences. As one poster so aptly put it, I really should have...
  • 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: What do exam SMEs do – Part 1

    Well, It has been a couple of weeks that you didn’t hear from me but I’ve been a bit busy and I wanted to write about something that would be meaningful to you. I recently project managed an Item Selection Meeting and I thought that this could be a great topic for you to know about. Item...
  • 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: Training and Certification Guide-- now available as an app!

    Do you recall seeing this subway map? Perhaps at a tech event? It's an awesome roadmap of all of our technical certifications, with the exams clearly mapped to the corresponding Microsoft Official Courseware. Well, we're proud to announce this fantastic subway map is available as a free...
  • Blog Post: The Top 10 Most Annoying Exam-Takers

    Guest post by Davin Mickelson , Microsoft Certified Trainer Microsoft’s certification exams can be quite challenging, as everyone who has taken one knows. Usually, most of the other people in the testing room are very respectful. Most do little to attract attention to themselves, and they...
  • Blog Post: My Week of Firsts at Microsoft Learning

    It has been a pretty exciting week in the northwest for many reasons, so a quick post today about it: I went to my first official All Hands Meeting and I’m thrilled, since we have very exciting times ahead for the Microsoft Learning Experiences team!!! I worked for the first time on the...
  • Blog Post: Security in the Classroom: An MCT Perspective, Part 2

    As a practically-native Seattleite (I’ve lived here since I was 2), I would be remiss in not congratulating the Seahawks on their win yesterday! For this month’s blog, I thought I’d continue the discussion with an MCT on security in our classrooms, and how vital MCTs and students...
  • Blog Post: Superheroes may be super human... but that doesn't mean they don't make mistakes!

    Check out the best of bloopers reel from Psychomagician and Super Sigma's first few dabbles in filming. Everyone knows that all superheroes have their weaknesses, right? Come on, Superman is powerless against Kyrptonite… and what about Woleverine? You know he doesn’t stand a chance...
  • Blog Post: A Look Back at 2013: A Year in Numbers from an Exam Perspective

    As many of you know, I love "year in review" retrospectives, so my holiday gift to all of you is my annual summary of what happened in the world of exams from a numbers perspective. Without further ado, let’s take a look back at 2013: Published more than 600 total MCSA, MCSE...