• We are looking for a few good people interested in taking 697 to help us evaluate the quality of our performance based testing (PBT) platform through online proctoring. Are you interested in demonstrating your skills related to Configuring Windows Devices in a new (and FUN!) way? Do you want to help us make improvements in the way we validate skills in general? Well, look no further... your opportunity is now! 

    Here's the deal...

    • The PBT version of 697 has a different exam number: 797, so this the exam for which you will need to register.
    • Both exams measure the same skills so preparing for 697 should prepare you for 797: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-797.aspx
    • We want to ensure that we can deliver PBT through online proctoring, so you must be sure that your computer and testing space meets the requirements for OP delivery. Learn more here.
    • You can receive a 50% discount by using this voucher code: trypbt
    • The voucher is capped at 150, but you can still take this version of the exam if you want! You will just need to pay full price... but to experience the labs, it is totally worth it!
    • You must take the exam before June 30, 2016.
    • If you pass 797, it will count as credit towards the same certification requirements as 697.
    • This exam contains traditional Microsoft certification question types as well a section with a list of tasks that you must complete via virtual machines.

    Interested? If so, go to:

    1. Double check that your system meets the online proctored exam requirements.

    2. Register at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-797.aspx by selecting Schedule an Exam. You must take the online proctored version of this exam.

    3. Use Private Access Code AZLAB10-1

    4. At checkout use voucher code: trypbt to receive your 50% discount.

    Good luck!

    Note: If you have taken and passed 70-697, you cannot take this exam as they measure the same skills and meet the same certification requirements.

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    Based on feedback from our learning community, Microsoft is evolving our set of Windows 10 certifications, for both IT professionals and developers.

     

    For IT Professionals, we are announcing two paths to earning your MCSA: Windows 10 certification:

    • For those individuals who have already earned MCSA: Windows 8, they can upgrade to MCSA: Windows 10 by taking and passing:
    • For those individuals who do not have MCSA: Windows 8, they can earn MCSA: Windows 10 by passing two exams:

    The retirement date for exams associated with MCSA: Windows 8 (687, 688, 689, 692) has been updated to December 31, 2016.

     

    For developers, we are announcing two paths to earning your MCSD: Universal Windows Platform:

    • The current path involves taking three exams, with combined focus on enterprise development practices, as well as UWP and cloud services technologies:
    • This current path will remain in market until March 31, 2017, when Exams 354 and 355 are scheduled to retire.

     

    • The new path involves taking three exams, with primary focus on UWP and cloud services technologies:
    • The exam objective outline is as follows:
    • Develop a XAML Page Layout for an Adaptive UI
    • Implement Page Navigation and Lifecycle Events
    • Implement Data Access and Data Binding
    • Implement Feature Detection for Adaptive Coding
    • Manage User Input and Custom User Interactions
    • Manage Authentication and Identity Management
    • Passing this single exam will also award a Specialist certification
    • Exam 358: Developing Cloud Services (planned for beta in September 2016)

     

    All of the new exams will be supported by practice tests, as well as a combination of instructor-led and online training, shortly after their release to production. More information will be provided, as it becomes available.

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    Recently, Microsoft announced the retirement of several developer exams scheduled for September 2016. For the details, please see the following article:

    https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/archive/2016/02/16/exam-retirement-update-what-39-s-retiring-in-september-2016

    To provide additional context, this represents the evolution, and not the end, of the affected certifications. Development is underway on a set of new exams to validate the skills of both Microsoft Windows 10 and Microsoft Office365 app developers, as well as individuals who manage development teams.

    Before we get into the specifics of the upcoming changes, please note how retired MCSD certifications will look on your transcript. When the certification is retired, it can no longer be earned. If you have maintained your credential through recertification, as needed, it will remain in the Active Microsoft Certifications section of an your Microsoft Certified Professional Transcript for a period of two years from its retirement date. At that point, it will be transitioned to the Legacy Microsoft Certifications section of your transcript.

    If you have allowed your MCSD credential to expire, it will be moved into the Inactive Microsoft Certifications section of your transcript and can no longer be reactivated. It will then move to the Legacy section of your transcript two years after the credential's retirement date.

     

    Now, let's cover how the MCSD paths are evolving.

     

    In the area of Windows Store app development, we are replacing the two existing C#/XAML and HTML5/JavaScript paths with a single path that emphasizes the new Universal Windows Platform model. The path will be C#/XAML-based, as that pair represents the most popular implementation choice. This new path is already in place as:

    We just completed a successful beta period for Exams 354 and 355, are using customer feedback to adjust the lists of covered topics, and plan to share more details on the resulting changes to these exams in March 2016.

    In the area of Office (including SharePoint) app development, there is a growing interest in Office365 apps and we are adjusting the certification path accordingly. As the existing MCSD: SharePoint developer path relies heavily on Web Application development skills, we are moving to a model where individuals would earn their MCSD: Web Applications credential, and, then, choose to specialize in Office365 app development with a single, new Specialist exam. This new exam is currently under development and more details will be shared once available.

    In the area of app development management, we are doing several things to serve a wider set of developer-related roles. First, we are decoupling the exams in the MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management path and awarding Specialist certifications for each. The Specialist certifications will be awarded (including retroactively) by the end of February 2016. The MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management certification itself will be retired in September 2016.   Lastly, we are currently working on the development of a new exam in the exciting realm of DevOps - more details will be shared once available.

    As always, we welcome your feedback on our certification program.

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    Microsoft Learning is pleased to announce that we are refreshing our SQL Server related exams and certifications to have continued relevance for database professionals working with either SQL Server 2012 and 2014.

    As of February 18, 2016, Exams 461 through 467 will include content covering both SQL Server 2012 and 2014. In January, a link to a document describing the corresponding changes in the exam was added to the Skills Measured section of each exam web page.

    To reflect the inclusion of SQL Server 2014 content in Exams 461-463, we are also rebranding the MCSA certification to MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014. As changes to each individual exam are modest in size and SQL Server 2012 skills remain relevant, all current certification MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification holders will have their transcripts updated accordingly to reflect the new credential name.

    As the MCSE certifications already do not reference product version, no changes in the titles of either MCSE: Data Platform or MCSE: Business Intelligence credentials will take place.

  • 18-Feb Note:  For additional context on the announced exam retirements, see Larry Kaye's post here:

    borntolearn.mslearn.net/.../additional-details-on-upcoming-exam-retirements

     

    As technology changes, we add new exams and revise or retire older exams. Our goal is to provide at least 6 months notice prior to retirement to give you an opportunity to finish earning your certification. Note that both the exams and their planned retirement date are subject to change, and we encourage you to check the exam retirement page regularly for the latest information.

    Keep in mind that even if an exam that is part of a certification you earned is retired, your certification is still valid. When an exam you passed is retired, the exam record remains on your transcript. If you’re working toward a certification that includes one of the exams listed for retirement, please be sure to take the exam prior to the retirement date. Allow time for a retake if necessary.

    Here are the highlights and important updates/changes from what was previously announced:

    481: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript

    482: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript

    484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#

    485: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

    488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions

    489: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions

    490: Recertification for MCSD: Windows® Store Apps using HTML5

    491: Recertification for MCSD: Windows Store Apps using C#

    492: Upgrade Your MCPD: Web Developer 4 to MCSD: Web Applications Examination

    499: Recertification for MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management

    517: Recertification for MCSD: SharePoint Applications

     

    Want more details on retiring exams? Check the exam retirement page.

    If you have any questions about exam retirement, please contact your regional service center.

     

  • Did you know that you can earn college credit by passing a Microsoft Certification Exam or by earning one of our certifications?!? A few years ago, we partnered with the American Council on Education (ACE) to have some of our exams and certifications recognized by their partner universities and higher education institutions for college credit. A few people have emailed me or asked about this recently, so I thought it would be a great time to remind everyone that you, too, can be earning college credit by passing one of our certification exams and/or earning one of our certifications.

    Who is ACE, and what do they do?

    • The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) is designed to connect workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit for courses and exams taken outside the traditional classroom.

    What exams are included?

    • 70-321          Deploying Office 365
    • 70-323          Administering Office 365
    • 98-361          Software Development Fundamentals
    • 98-363          Web Development Fundamentals
    • 98-366          Networking Fundamentals
    • 98-367          Security Fundamentals
    • 98-375          HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals
    • 70-410          Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • 70-411          Administering Windows Server 2012
    • 70-412          Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
    • 70-413          Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
    • 70-414          Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
    • 70-415          Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure
    • 70-416          Implementing Desktop Application Environments
    • 70-480          Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
    • 70-481          Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript
    • 70-482          Advanced Windows Store App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript
    • 70-486          Developing ASP.NET 4.5 MVC Web Applications
    • 70-487          Developing Windows Azure and Web Services
    • 70-646          Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
    • 70-680          TS: Windows 7, Configuring
    • 70-687          Configuring Windows 8
    • 70-688          Managing and Maintaining Windows 8
    • 70-346          Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements
    • 70-347          Enabling Office 365 Services

    To learn more about the number of credits possible for each of these exams (most are worth 2-3 credits) as well as the certifications that are eligible for credit, visit:

    http://www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseaction=browse.getOrganizationDetail&FICE=1006810

    How does it work?

      • If you are attending or planning to attend college, contact the admissions office to see if they will award credit for an exam (or certification) that you have taken or are planning to take. A list of partner universities can be found on the ACE site, and most recognize the exams and certifications for the same number of credits as suggested through the review process, but the decision and the number of credits remains at the discretion of the university. To learn if your university is on the list, visit: http://www2.acenet.edu/CREDITCollegeNetwork/
      • If they do recognize our certifications and exams for credit, then you will request a transcript that will be sent to your college. https://www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseaction=transcripts.main

    It's easy... especially if you've already passed one of the exams above. If you're in school or thinking about going, take a look at the list above, you may already have a good start on earning your degree!

  • Are you an expert in designing and managing Exchange Server? Are you responsible for the Exchange Server 2016 messaging environment in an enterprise environment? If so, here's your chance to start down the path to the MCSE certification for free AND help us improve the quality of this exam!

    We are opening up 350 beta seats for this beta exam (exam number: 70-345)... This means you can take the exam for free!! BUT... the seats are limited to first come, first served basis--so, register today (these codes will only work through February 12, 2016, meaning you have to register AND take the exam on or before that date)--and we need you take the exam as soon as possible so we can leverage your comments, feedback, and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions. The sooner you take the exam, the more likely it is that we will be able to use your feedback to make improvements to the exam. This is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live. 

    To prepare for the exam, review our prep guide and practice the skills listed: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-345.aspx. To prepare for this beta exam, check out my recent blog for ideas: https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/archive/2015/12/31/just-how-does-one-prepare-for-beta-exams-without-preparation-materials.

    ***Register for the exam at the same site and use code EXCH2016010B to take it for free, but these codes are only valid for exam dates on or before Feb. 12, 2016. Remember: There are a limited amount of spots, so when they're gone, they're gone. You should also be aware that there are some country limitations where the beta code will not work (e.g., Turkey, Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam); you will not be able to take the beta exam for free in those countries.

    Also, keep in mind that this exam is in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status once the exam is live.

    Well...what are you waiting for? Register before all the seats are gone!

  • Another common question that I am seeing quite frequently in your comments to my beta exam posts is "how do I prepare for a beta exam?" For a number of reasons, exam development occurs much more quickly and is usually well ahead of the development of associated learning materials. Why? Because exams are independent evaluations of skills, we don't need to wait for the learning materials to be created in order to develop the exams. In fact, our goal is to have an exam in market as soon as the technology is released to the public. In order to do this, we create our exam questions as soon as the technology or service is stable enough for us to do so (by "stable," I mean that technology/service is unlikely to change significantly after we have spent time, money, and resources to write the questions... at least for a small window of time it takes to get the exam in market).

    So, how do you prepare? Well, start by determining if the exam is right for you. Review the "Who should take this exam?" section of the Exam Details page. The Exam Details page can be found at the URL that I always include in my blog posts related to beta exam availability. Do you have the necessary skills and abilities to potentially be successful in this content area? Here is the MOST important thing you should remember about beta exams--they are intended for people who truly have the skills and experiences defined by that target audience description. Because of the limited preparation resources, you only have the possibility of being successful if you meet this minimum bar.

    Do you have the minimum skills? If so, the next step is to review the "Skills Measured" section. Carefully, evaluate your skills in relation to those being assessed on the exam. Can you perform the tasks listed? If someone asked you how to perform the task, could you explain to them what you do and why? Actually perform the tasks listed in the “Skills Being Measured” section of the Exam Details page. Note any challenges that you encountered and keep practicing. Hands-on experience performing these tasks is essential to passing our exams. Practice, practice, practice, and then practice some more. Ask others how they perform those tasks. Do they perform the task differently? Understand why they do.

    Finally, there may be learning resources available (although I should mention that this is rare for most beta exams). If any are available, they will be listed on the Exam Details page for the exam under "Preparation Options."  We are working closely with our practice test provider to have practice tests in market as soon as the exam is live; at times, they will be available at the same time the exam is in beta. As a result, this may be an option as you prepare for a beta exams, but you shouldn't rely on it. In addition, you should review the learning options available at www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com. At Microsoft Virtual Academy, you may find learning activities that are related to the skills measured on the exam; MVA may not have a perfect fit training solution, but it might have options that are good enough. Any resource that causes you to think through the task and skill being assessed will help your learning process.

    Beta exam preparation in a nutshell:

    1) Do you have the skills and experiences described in "Who should take this exam?"

    2) If so, which of the skills measured do you have? Which tasks can you preform? Which don't you have or can't you perform? Be honest!

    3) Practice, practice, practice

    4) Still can't do it? Ask experts how they perform the task. Understand how and why they do it that way. Are there any situations when they would perform the task differently? Why?

    5) Do a Bing search for white papers and MSDN and TechNet articles, or similar for other insights into those skill and the tasks covered by the exam. Explore MVA for training and learning options that are related to skills being measured by the exam.

    6) Take the exam!

    7) GOOD LUCK!!!

  • I get a lot of questions about the difference between credentialing, certification, certificate, and licensure programs within Microsoft. There is a lot of confusion, not only within my organization but also among candidates and to some extent, within the industry. I recently attended the ICE (Institute for Credentialing Excellence) conference where I led a breakout session with two esteemed colleagues in the industry, Brian Bontempo and Phil Koneman, on this very topic. Are you curious about what the difference is between these concepts? As you explore your credentialing options, do you really know what you are being awarded...regardless of what the program calls it?

    Let's start at the beginning with credentialing. Credentialing is the overarching term used to refer to concepts, such as professional certification, certificate programs, accreditation, and licensure.

    Digging into this, licensure tends to be the pinnacle of the credentialing pyramid (if such a thing actually exists) in that it is designed to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform a particular job and is a mandatory process required by the government for an individual to practice his or her profession. Licenses are always time bound, meaning that after some period of time, individuals must demonstrate that they continue to have the necessary skills and abilities for competent practice.

    A certification program is similar in that by meeting the associated requirements to earn the certification, certified candidates have demonstrated that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for competent performance in the job or content domain being assessed. Although certifications are not mandated by the government, some professions require certification for employment or practice. 

    In contrast to certification and licensure, an assessment-based certificate program is an educational or training program that is used to train and then assess whether key learning objectives were achieved by the learner. In this case, the assessment is clearly tied to the training because the goal of the process is to demonstrate that learners have attained the learning objectives. This is the key difference between the way we think of exams (independent evaluations of skills regardless of how those skills are attained) and assessments (tied to the demonstration of learning objectives taught during training).

    Accreditation is the process by which a credentialing or educational program is evaluated against defined standards and is awarded recognition if it is in compliance with those standards. This is important because all three of these areas in the credentialing space can be accredited, even assessment-based certificate programs. Many people believe that these are less rigorous than certification and licensure, but you can design very rigorous assessment based certificate programs that meet the same reliability and validity requirements as accredited certification and licensure programs. Accreditation is a seal of approval from a third party that you are meeting predefined quality standards.

    Microsoft has a certification program, but many of the comments I hear from candidates is that our training and books don't align to the exams. While I am working on ways to create closer alignment between them, keep in mind that Microsoft has a certification program (an independent evaluation of skills not tied to training), not an assessment based certificate program, which is tied to training. I hope that this distinction makes more sense now. As always, I am happy to answer your questions. Ask away!

  • With so many beta exams in market right now, I thought it might be a good idea to address the most common question/complaint that I hear in relation to beta exams... Twenty minutes isn't long enough for me to comment on all the questions that I want to comment on! Why can't you give us more time or let us comment on the question during the exam?

    In order to protect the content, I must limit the amount of comment time provided during the beta exams, just as I do during live exams. Because beta feedback is so important to the quality of the exam development process, I allow twice as much comment time for betas than I do for live exams. Although it may not seem like it’s enough time for comments, if you have an issue with an item, I guarantee that someone else does as well and that someone will have taken the time to comment on it. Given the number of beta candidates and their different perspectives on what is important enough to comment on, I feel confident that I am getting the critical feedback needed from your comments while balancing the need to do everything I can to protect our content.

    I cannot allow comments during the exam itself because 1) I need to know how much time it really takes people to answer questions, 2) exams must be timed and many test takers will spend more time commenting on items rather than answering them—inevitably they will run out of time before finishing the exam, leading to dissatisfaction (and while I don’t want to play ‘mom,’ sometimes I have to make decisions that help candidates manage their time appropriately during the exam), and 3) commenting during the exam changes the exam experience, which has psychometric implications for the fairness, consistency, validity, and reliability of the process.

    Now that you know why I limit comment time, here's what you can do to maximize the time that you do have. Prioritize your issues and concerns. Spend more time commenting on issues related to the technical accuracy of the questions, clarity issues, and questions where there doesn't seem to be a correct answer or where there may be more than one correct answer combination. Spend less time commenting that you liked/loved a question (although I do love to read those comments, if you have substantive issues/concerns, I would rather you spend your time telling me about those issues) or saying that you don't have a comment...you'd be surprised by the number of these types of comments that I read. Interestingly, the questions with the most comments tend to be those with typos. So, if you have other issues to comment on, save the items with typos for the end unless the typo is so egregious that it's not possible to answer the question correctly. Someone else will comment on typos...trust me.

    That being said, if you have feedback on any questions that you were unable to provide during the exam, please feel free to send it to mslcd@microsoft.com. Describe what you remember about the question and the issue or concern that you have. We’ll see if can find the suspect question and be sure to review both its comments and psychometric performance.

  • Are you an expert in designing big data analytics solutions on Microsoft Azure? Here's your chance to start down the path to certification for free AND help us improve the quality of this exam!

    We are opening up 300 beta seats for this beta exam... This means you can take the exam for free!! BUT... the seats are limited to first come, first served basis--so, register today (these codes will only work through 1/15/16, meaning you have to register AND take the exam on or before that date)--and we need you take the exam as soon as possible so we can leverage your comments, feedback, and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions. The sooner you take the exam, the more likely it is that we will be able to use your feedback to make improvements to the exam. This is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live. 

    To prepare for the exam, review our prep guide and practice the skills listed: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-475.aspx

    ***Register for the exam at the same site and use code BETA475SME (CODE UPDATED and is correct) to take it for free. Remember: There are a limited amount of spots, so when they're gone, they're gone. You should also be aware that there are some country limitations where the beta code will not work (e.g., Turkey, Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam); you will not be able to take the beta exam for free in those countries.

    Also, keep in mind that this exam is in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status once the exam is live.

    Well...what are you waiting for? Register before all the seats are gone!

  • Are you an expert in designing and implementing Microsoft data platform solutions? Do you have work experience in on-premises and cloud-based platform solutions? Are you able to identify tradeoffs and make decisions for designing public and hybrid cloud solutions? Can you define the appropriate infrastructure and platform solutions to meet the required functional, operational, and deployment requirements through the solution lifecycle? Here's your chance to start down the path to certification for free AND help us improve the quality of this exam!

    We are opening up 300 beta seats for this beta exam... This means you can take the exam for free!! BUT... the seats are limited to first come, first served basis--so, register today (these codes will only work through 1/15/16)--and we need you take the exam as soon as possible so we can leverage your comments, feedback, and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions. The sooner you take the exam, the more likely it is that we will be able to use your feedback to make improvements to the exam. This is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live. 

    To prepare for the exam, review our prep guide and practice the skills listed: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-473.aspx

    ***Register for the exam at the same site and use code BETA473SME to take it for free. Remember: There are a limited amount of spots, so when they're gone, they're gone. You should also be aware that there are some country limitations where the beta code will not work (e.g., Turkey, Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam); you will not be able to take the beta exam for free in those countries.

    Also, keep in mind that this exam is in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status once the exam is live.

    Well...what are you waiting for? Register before all the seats are gone!

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    The MCSE: Communication certification is being updated to support Skype for Business skills.

    Starting 28-December, 2015, the following two new Skype for Business exams (currently in beta) will fulfill the MCSE: Communication requirements, provided that the candidate has already earned a qualifying MCSA credential:

     The following Microsoft Lync Server 2013 exams retire on 31-March, 2016, but will remain an accepted path towards earning MCSE: Communication until 31-July, 2016:

     Please see the MCSE: Communication web page for more details after 28-December.

  • UPDATE #2 - 10:00AM Pacific, Dec 15 - Great to see the response for these two exams! We've just added 150 additional free beta seats for each exam. Go and grab your spot now!

    UPDATE 11:55am Pacific - All free seats for these beta exams have been claimed. Thanks for your interest! I'll be announcing more beta exams on our blog this week, so keep watching!

    Are you an expert in designing, planning, deploying, and maintaining solutions for unified communications (UC)? Do you deploy Skype for Business Server and Skype for Business Online solutions for end users, endpoint devices, telephony, audio/video and web conferences, security, and high availability? Well, have I got something FUN for you! Take the beta exam, get on the road to earning your MCSE (for free), AND help us improve the quality of this exam!

    We are opening up 300 beta seats for these beta exams... This means you can take the exams for free!! BUT... the seats are limited to first come, first served basis--so, register today (these codes will only work through 1/15/16, meaning you have to register AND take the exams on or before that date)--and we need you take the exam as soon as possible so we can leverage your comments, feedback, and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions. The sooner you take the exam, the more likely it is that we will be able to use your feedback to make improvements to the exam. This is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live. 

    To prepare for these exams, review our prep guides and practice the skills listed: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-333.aspx and https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-334.aspx .

    ***Register for the 333 beta exam from its prep guide page and use code SKYPE4B333 to take it for free. 

    ***Register for the 334 beta exam from its prep guide page and use code SKYPE4B334 to take it for free. 

    Remember: There are a limited amount of spots, so when they're gone, they're gone. You should also be aware that there are some country limitations where the beta code will not work (e.g., Turkey, Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam); you will not be able to take the beta exam for free in those countries.

    Also, keep in mind that this exam is in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status once the exam is live.

    Register today before all the seats are gone!

  • Are you an expert in planning and designing cloud and hybrid identities and supporting identity infrastructure for managing devices? Do you have experience in desktop/devices administration, Windows networking technologies, Active Directory, and Intune? Do you work in a Device Support Technician or a Device System Administrator role? Most important, do you want to earn a certification saying that you really know how to plan and manage devises in enterprises? Of course, you do... here's your chance to start down the path to certification for free AND help us improve the quality of this exam!

    We are opening up 300 beta seats for this beta exam... This means you can take the exam for free!! BUT... the seats are limited to first come, first served basis--so, register today--and we need you take the exam as soon as possible so we can leverage your comments, feedback, and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions. The sooner you take the exam, the more likely it is that we will be able to use your feedback to make improvements to the exam. This is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live. 

    To prepare for the exam, review our prep guide and practice the skills listed: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-398.aspx

    ***Register for the exam at the same site and use code BETA398MCP to take it for free. Remember: There are a limited amount of spots, so when they're gone, they're gone. You should also be aware that there are some country limitations where the beta code will not work (e.g., Turkey, Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam); you will not be able to take the beta exam for free in those countries.

    Also, keep in mind that this exam is in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status once the exam is live.

    Well...what are you waiting for? Register before all the seats are gone!