In preparing for the test, I wrote up a blog post for every entry in the "skills measured" section of the exam guide, so a total of 21 blog posts. Was quite an educational experience. I wanted to share here so others might also benefit. The following link is to the summary, which has links to all the other entries:
70-480 Study Guide
Great summary. Kudos
Thanks. Took the exam yesterday and passed. It was harder than I thought it would be, glad I studied so hard.
Did you use any practice exams listed on MCSD site? www.microsoft.com/.../exam-70-480.aspx
I took a Kaplan practice test and the y were asking me to write code snippets. Does the real exam ask you to write actual code? If not, I would rather choose some other practice exam other than Kaplan. Thank you.
I don't want to run afoul of the NDA by saying yea or nea (regarding what is actually on the test), but I think Microsoft recommends those tests for a reason. Overall the exam guide (that is, the link you mentioned) is a very accurate roadmap for what will be on the test, which is why I tried to learn every point in some depth. Speaking for myself, playing with actual code is a very effective learning tool, which is why I did so many demos on jsFiddle as part of my study regiment.
EDIT: I updated my Study Guide summary page to include a little info on what demos or console code is included in the blog posts themselves. And to answer your first question, Tom, no I didn't use any practice tests at all.
Tom, I would concur with Troy's comment about the recommended practice tests. Furthermore, the practice tests focus on the expectations of the exam itself; it is not based on the actual exam content or process (and probably can't because of the associated NDA). Overall, understanding how to code is an element in all of this, so I don't see any issues with this type of approach of helping to reinforce the concepts.
Christopher Reed, MCT, MCSD, MCPD, Microsoft Specialist, MCTS, MTA "The oxen are slow, but the earth is patient."
Great. Thank you.