“IW” Exam Corner

J. Seymour (Microsoft)

Well, it isn’t really “IW” but that’s our broader bucket for exams covering SharePoint and Microsoft Project, and there is exam news for both products.


First, as many of you know but we still get a lot of questions about, we released the highly anticipated SharePoint 2010 exams last month in English and other languages. New for 2010 are PRO level certifications for both ITPro and Developer audiences. Also new for 2010 is no exam for the free version of SharePoint 2010 “Foundation”. Here’s the rundown for 2010. Each PRO has it’s corresponding TS as a prerequisite.


70-573 TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development

70-576 PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications


70-667 TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring

70-668 PRO: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator


Speaking of the free version of SharePoint, “Services” as it was called back in 2007, we announced a while back that we’re retiring 70-631, SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring. While this isn’t new news, the exam is popular enough that I wanted to mention it here and link to the Discontinued Exams page.


Finally, we released the 70-177 Microsoft Project Server 2010, Configuring exam back in June and we’ve been working on a new Managing Projects exam aimed at Project Managers. I was really excited about this new exam because it was to leverage the actual MS Project application in the exam, similar to what we do with Microsoft Office. However, technical issues as well as timing conflicts with Office 2010 has derailed our plans. In the interest in getting an exam out that our partners and candidates can take while they still actually use the product, we’ve moved the exam back under the MCP umbrella. We’re working out the details now, but we hope to use a lot of exhibits and other item types to make a more robust exam. It won’t live up to the bar of having the actual application launch in the exam – nothing could – but we’re optimistic we’ll have a decent exam when we’re done. I’m hoping the beta will be available around the end of the year, but it is too early to say for sure.

  • Sasa (Sasha) Kranjac - Regional Lead (Croatia)

    Someone should check 70-285 exam: is it retiring on March 31 or on October 31?

  • Benjamin S
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    MCDST is being retired in March?  I guess I shouldn't be too surprised since we've had Windows Vista and Windows 7 come out, but I wasn't aware.

  • J. Seymour (Microsoft)
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    Good catch! 70-285 was pushed back to March with the other Exchange exam. I'll have someone update the page.

  • Anonymous
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    Hi! Quick question: is 70-573 is a pre-requisite for 70-576, or can they be sat in any order? Many thanks!

  • Anonymous
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    joelblogs - The way the TS/PRO exams work is that you can take a PRO exam before you've taken the associated TS exam(s), but you won't actually earn the PRO certification until you've earned the associated TS certification(s).

    So, for example: If you first pass the 70-576 exam on Sept 15, you earn no certifications on Sept 15. Then when you pass 70-573 on Oct 15, you earn two certifications on Oct 15 - the TS & the PRO certifications show up on your transcript/profile at the same time.