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Register for Beta Exam 71-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring

Register for Beta Exam 71-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring

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Registration begins: April 27, 2009 


You are invited to take beta exam 71-680: TS: Windows 7, ConfiguringIf you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of MCP exams, when the exam is released in its final form the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration.

By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.


71-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

·          MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration


Registration begins: April 27, 2009

Beta exam period runs: May 5, 2009May 18, 2009


Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately! Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.

Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions).  All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.


Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China

Registration Information

You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam.
Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: WIN7J
Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately.

To register in North America, please call:

Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)

Outside the U.S./Canada, please contact:


Test Information and Support

You are invited to take this beta exam at no charge.
You will be given four hours to complete the beta exam. Please plan accordingly.

  • Desktop IT Pros, start your engines! Exam 71-680 (MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring) is heading for beta,

  • Thanks,

    Its not a large testing window though is it?


  • 4 hours would be enough for me Ben ;-)

  • @Roel

    I meant the two weeks window to take the test, not the actual test time ;) I'm scheduled to be away for those two weeks so wont be able to take it... I wish some test centres were open at weekends.

  • the prometric website doesn't list 071-xxxx courses here in the UK :(

  • not yet, becouse -> "Registration begins: April 27, 2009"

  • Unfortunately, the time window is purely a function of the popularity of the exam. With a limited number of slots available it doesn't make sense to leave it open for a month when we'll fill all our slots in the first week or so.

    The sooner we get the beta done, the sooner we can release the exam. Sorry about the inconvenient timing Ben, but you wouldn't want us to have to wait around until you get back from vacation to crunch the numbers would you? :)

  • @jseymour if i was on vacation it wouldn't be a problem i'd just go take the test wherever i was ;) ! its being on-site with a client that i cant swing... Anyway sure i'll survive.

  • Where can we get the prep guide?

    Will this exam qualify as a desktop option for MCITP Enterprise Admin (instead of 70-620)?



  • I just finished the Prep Guide so it will be posted in a few days.

    Yes, 70-680 will count towards the MCITP:Enterprise Administrator, MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7 and MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician 7

  • Thanks for the information. I will register as soon as possible. I have never heard of Windows 7 before. Are there any other ways to receive exam vouchers?

    Carl McKever

  • Some food for thought about beta exams:

    If you are taking a beta exam just because it is free, the odds are you won't pass and it will be a waste of several hours of your time, not to mention less meaningful statistics for MSL. Historically we held beta exams by invitation only. Today we have opened up the beta process with this blog and other venues. However, that only works by the honor system. A strong beta helps us vet good items from bad in return for a free exam. It provides an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of certification with the possibility to influence the final release version of an exam with our comments. If you're not a qualified candidate, you most likely won't have a good experience and we won't get good statistics.

    Just something to think about.

  • Woooooah there, did you say "MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7"?!

    I just googled for that and found nothing so I'm guessing this is a sneak hint of something to come.  Do you have any more information to share?

    I'm really, really hoping this will be the 'next level' recognition we've needed in the desktop space for ages... please say I'm right :o)

  • @ Techiebird, more infor here:

  • Registration begins: April 27, 2009 You are invited to take beta exam 71-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring

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