How I studied for this exam

  • I just want to say that I passed this exam several weeks ago having no work experience with ASP.NET MVC. 95% of my prep was reading Pro ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework by Steven Sanderson and Adam Freeman and watching videos on Of course, I took a lot of notes and studied them religiously. I also put together two websites for me ( and my wife ( on .NET 4.5 using MVC 4 and Entity Framework Code First to get a little hands-on experience before taking the exam.

    Scott Allen of Pluralsight is my hero. Look him up if you don't know.

  • That's impressive, what videos did you watch on plural sight, how much time did it take you to prepare.

  • I watched very video with "MVC" or "ASP.NET 3.5" in the title, Introduction to Identity and Access Control in .NET 4.5,  Identity and Access Control in ASP.NET 4.5, Web Debugging by Example, and bits and pieces from other ones (based on the items listed on the exam page).

    It took me about 3 and half months total from when I started reading the MVC book until I took the exam.

    Good luck to you!

  • Hi Alex,

    Can you share any study material except videos. any pdf or other notes you have ?

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  • Congrats,

    I am also deeply into the Pluralsight videos of Scott Allen. Love his style and the modules are very good to understand and to follow. Recently, there was a JumpStart with Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway on Microsoft Virtual Academy on this exam, too.

    Great stuff, especially the Q&A transcript.

  • Just curious, you said you passed the exam with no work experience with ASP.NET MVC. The sites you list are pretty impressive, what kind of web background did you have prior and how did you get such good graphics to use?

  • Thanks for the kind words. I've actually been designing and developing websites for 16 years. I'm just new to the MVC flavor of ASP.NET in particular. The About Me page on my site goes into more detail.

    I also created every single graphic on those sites. I have many years of experience in 3-D design and motion graphics.

    I've been a solo developer all these years, so I've had to take on many roles. One of the reasons I'm studying to become an MCSD is to get my foot in the door with a real software company, on a real dev team.

  • For the PluralSight vids, I found them here: - scroll down just a bit, and they're on the right-hand side of the page.

  • For the record, the videos on are from just one of the courses on ASP.NET MVC from Pluralsight. Pluralsight has many others (for subscribers).

  • nice

  • thx, your post was very helpful!

    did you learn beside your job? or did you spend more time on preparing than just evenings and weekends?

  • Hi there,

    The following can help when studying for the 70-486 exam (Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications) exam:

    It should be possible to download a PDF version of the study links if you want to.

    Also the following books are good to read:

    - Programming ASP.NET MVC 4 by Jess Chadwick, Todd Snyder, and Hrusikesh Panda

    - Professional ASP.NET MVC 4 by Jon Galloway, Phil Haack, Brad Wilson, K. Scott Allen

    The following PluralSight course (which should be free is good for initial training) - Building Applications with ASP.NET MVC 4:

    Note: Though the exam changes on April 30th 2014, hence you should consult the latest learning guide, should your exam date fall on this date or after, see:

    best wishes and thanks,

  • I too recommend the Apress book. While the exam book is very abstract, the "Pro MVC" books are full of practical projects that let you practice building standards-compliant websites. These skills have been very useful in my day job as an MVC developer in a large enterprise.  

  • Really useful discussion. Thank you