Updates on Microsoft Beta Exam Program: Read This!

Liberty Munson (Microsoft)

***Note an update to this process in the large text below...

As many of you know, seats for many of our beta exams fill rapidly, which, in theory, should be a good thing. Quick registration means high levels of interest, which should translate into having a sufficient enough of candidates taking our exams quickly enough that we can perform the required psychometric analysis to identify the good items and remove the bad items in a few weeks.

However, we are seeing an increasing number of no shows. Unfortunately, these seats are "lost," meaning that they took a seat from someone who would have showed up but couldn't participate in the beta because all the seats were taken when s/he tried to register, often requiring us to extend betas. As a result, every no show delays our ability to gather the necessary data to move the exam out of beta and delays the scoring of the beta exam for those who DID show up—because we need several hundred completed exams before we can start scoring.

Because the no show rate is at historic highs, which creates a poor experience for those who do take it as they wait an increasingly long time to get their scores, we need to do something differently with beta exams. Starting with our next beta, Exam 537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack, we are introducing a model where the beta codes will be an 80% discount off the exam price rather than a 100% discount. If you take the beta exam, the 20% that you paid when registering for the beta exam will be applied to the next exam that you take within one year. It doesn’t matter if you pass or fail the beta exam. If you show up as you said you would for the beta exam, you will receive a 25% discount on a future exam—effectively making the beta free (plus a bonus!) by discounting your next exam. Simply put:

Get 80% off the 537 beta exam. If you take the beta exam, VUE will automatically apply a 25% discount to your next MCP exam registration AFTER the beta exam has been scored.

We're hoping this will ensure that only those who are serious about taking the beta exam register for it. This will be the practice going forward for all beta exams and will start with 537. 

Comments
  • Atul Kaushik
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    Hi Liberty, this is a wise move. Can I suggest that you please remove the geo restriction for beta exams particularly for country like India where lots of people work on Microsoft products. They should not be denied the opportunity to add to the beta program. You may increase the beta seats as well. Hope you are able to look into this request. Thanks.

  • XorNand
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    That is a very elegant solution. However, I have been unable to register for the beta exams in the UK and would welcome the opportunity either at a test centre or via an online proctored exam. Phil.

  • Qingfang chen
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    This is a great move

  • Ricardo Cabral
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    Hi Liberty, does the 20% discount to next MCP exam registration is compatible with other discount like MCT or Beta?

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    For those of you who are returning to this blog post, I have some good news! We are changing the discount on your next exam to 25% so you'll effectively get a bonus for showing up at your beta exam and registering for another exam! Woot!

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    @XorNand: you should be able to register for beta exams in the UK. What error are you experiencing? Send it to mslcd@microsoft.com so we can investigate.

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    @Ricardo: Yes, as long as the total discount doesn't exceed 100%, which with the increase to 25% on the next exam means that you couldn't use this for a beta exam.

  • sandesh shrestha
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    i am from nepal can we apply beta exam

  • J.J.R.
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    Hi Liberty,

    Can you please clarify the following statement? "If you take the beta exam, the 25% that you paid when registering for the beta exam will be applied to the next exam...".

    Does it mean that 25% is from 20% of a regular price? For example, if the regular price is 100 USD, the beta exam will cost 20 USD. From the cited statement we can conclude that the discount for the next exam will be 25% that I paid for the beta exam, i.e. 25% from 20 USD, i.e. just 5 USD, i.e. just 5% of the regular price. I would like you to mean something else...

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    @JJR: it's a typo. you pay 20% on the beta and get 25% off the next exam. I fixed it in the post.

  • sandesh shrestha
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    hello liberty mam

    can we do from nepal these beta exam

  • uday kumar
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    Is the 70-537  beta exam still  available?. I don't see it's available, as on 20th Nov to book

  • Ricardo Cabral
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    @uday kumar,

    "This exam is in development and will be released January 2018."

    www.microsoft.com/.../exam-70-537.aspx

  • Rogerio Prudente
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    Love it! I took all beta exam I could in the past few years. To me that is a sort of "reward" for those who boldly go to no one has gone before... :)

  • Michael Frank
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    Hi Liberty,

    can i stack this with other exam vouchers?

    i.e. I'm lucky enough to get exam vouchers provided by my company, however I usually sit the beta exams to achieve the charter member status for those technologies. Guaranteeing that I know my "stuff" and haven't used any illegal study tools ...

    Is there a way for me to use the voucher as an access key to the beta exam and then use a different voucher to "pay" for the exam?

    cheers

    Michael

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