90 Days to MCSA: SQL Server 2012 Edition

Veronica Sopher - Microsoft

90 Days to MCSA: SQL Server 2012 Edition

At the start of 2013, many database pros in the global Microsoft Certified Professional community reviewed 2012 accomplishments and set new goals for earning or upgrading certifications in the new year. In my conversations with MCPs on various forums and social networks, I heard many questions about exam prep resources and saw several requests for support from peers. Our team then took these points and discussed with several Microsoft Certified Trainers, and together, we have assembled a new package of resources just for you. Modeled after the success of last year’s “60 Days to MCSE for Private Cloud,” please meet “90 Days to MCSA: SQL Server 2012 Edition.”

All the information and links can be found at 90daystoMCSA.com. Here’s a brief walk-through of what you’ll find on the page after clicking through:

Sign up for “90 Days to MCSA” emails:

This is your first step toward making that commitment to yourself to earn MCSA: SQL Server 2012. By signing up, you’ll receive bi-weekly emails from March to June 2013. These emails will contain new tools, resources, advice from Microsoft Certified Trainers, special offers on books, and much more. You’ll also be eligible to win prizes and get featured as a certification success story on our website.

Watch exam prep videos:

If you’ve attended a technical conference where Microsoft exams are offered onsite, you know what these exam prep sessions are: 60- to 75-minute reviews of exam objectives and tips, led by a Microsoft Certified Trainer, meant for brushing-up just before you take exams. Now we’re bringing these exam prep sessions to you online so you can watch them as often as you need, when it’s convenient for you. (Please note that these videos are not a substitute for training, studying or hands-on experience.)

Join the study group:

There are two main components to each Microsoft Certified Study Group (MCSG): discussion forums and resource wikis. Each of these are exam focused, meaning there is a forum and a wiki for each SQL Server 2012 exam, conveniently labeled with exam numbers. The forums are led and moderated by Microsoft Certified Trainers. The wikis are populated and moderated by Microsoft Learning and MCP community members.

Take the MCSA exam bundle offer:

One tip for certification success that we’ve learned from many MCPs and MCTs: set a deadline for yourself by scheduling your exam while studying. To help you commit to achieving your MCSA goal, we’re offering a 15% discount on the MCSA SQL Server 2012 exam bundle (exams 461, 462 and 463), plus a free Second Shot. (Must purchase by May 31, 2013 to get the free Second Shot. See this page for more details.)

Meet the Trainers:

This “90 Days to MCSA” plan has been built for you and your success. We could not have brought this to you without the valuable time, advice and contribution of these Microsoft Certified Trainers, and we wish to thank them:

MCTs featured in exam prep videos:

MCTs featured in study group forums:

This is for everyone! Spread the word!

If you’re new to this certification path or are upgrading, welcome, and let us know in a comment below that you’re participating. If you are already certified in SQL Server 2012, please share this with your peers and encourage them to do the same. Your input is also welcome in the study group. Now let’s get started!

Want to tweet about this or find others who are participating? Use hashtags #90days2MCSA and #SQLServer.