Thanks for tuning in for another installment of my personal pursuit of the coveted MCSD: Windows Store Apps credential.
Riding the wave of euphoria from passing Exam 70-483: Programming in C# on 31-Jan, I immediately created my study plan for Exam 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#:
I was really looking forward to taking this exam because it emphasized practical application of my programming skills.
I was able to squeeze in my studies in just over a month and, on 10-March, took the exam. It was a challenging exam, really testing how to fit all the capabilities together into complete applications.
When I emerged from the test center a few hours later, I had missed a passing score by just a few questions, but, I have to tell you, I didn't feel defeated:
I spent the next two days going over the Exam Ref guide again, making sure I understood all of the example code. When I sat for the exam again on 12-March, I emerged victorious.
I'm happy to say that I'm now only one exam away from my goal of earning the MCSD credential. I hope that all of you are making progress on your respective learning paths and would love to hear your stories.
Congratulations! Sometimes the first exam is like a "simulation" to which you get your "photon torpedoes" calibrated.
Great job! When I just failed the MVC exam last year, I was smiling when I drove home because I knew I was so close to passing it. Just a little sharpening of the axe and I passed it on the next attempt. Exams are like lottery tickets; you can't pass them if you don't try!
@Rogerio - Thanks and nice analogy. Thank goodness that the case studies didn't include "Kobayashi Maru". ;-)
@Davin - Thanks. Yeah, it's the craziest thing - that sense of exhilaration on missing only a few questions really helped me power through a second round of study.