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Ever tested your knowledge on these topics? Want to?
I have just the opportunity for you.
I know some of you are just waiting for the announcement while some of you may find this page through a search engine and have no idea what I’m talking about. Whatever brought you here is not important at the moment. What is important is that I am providing advanced notice of upcoming exams for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.
Why is this worthy of your time? If you decide you want to take one, or more, of these exams, it’s important to know what you’re up against and what it will cost you.
First things first. Cost. Simple. You don’t have to pay anything to take these exams. Absolutely, 100% free, no charge, take ‘em while you can. There are no catches, no caveats, no tricks. Free is free in this case.
In case you doubt me, let me explain what a beta exam is and why we are offering it for free. During our exam development process, we make the actual exams available, at a Prometric testing center, for no charge. This is a step that helps us increase exam quality by having industry experts evaluate each question, by taking the exam, and providing feedback to Microsoft. We use your feedback to fix, replace, or scrap questions that are technically incorrect, not relevant, etc. You help us create a better product for your fellow developers that will have to pay for the exam.
Some common questions and answers are provided here;
1) How much does it cost to take a beta exam? – Absolutely nothing but your time. There is no charge. Nothing from Microsoft or Prometric.
2) Is this a real exam? – Yes it is. Even though the questions are not scored at the time you take the exam, they are real questions and the exam is real. If you pass the exam, you earn the certification just the same as if you took it in a non-beta environment. This means you don’t get a pass/fail or score immediately following the exam, but you do get notified 8 to 10 weeks later because we move slow in getting the final scoring in place.
4) What is the main difference between a beta and non-beta exam, besides cost? – The beta exam will show you questions that have not been through a final QA check. You are that final QA check. Non-beta exams expose you to 40 or 45 questions and you have a total of two hours to complete it. The beta exam could expose you to as many as 125 to 150 questions and take up to four hours. (bathroom breaks permitted).
5) Who is eligible? – The prep guides will go into more detail about the target audience for the exams, and the links to those will be forthcoming, but, If you use .NET 2.0, 3.5, or 4, and Visual Studio to create software applications using the technologies included in the .NET framework, you are eligible.
6) Why is this beta different from others? – In the past, we have focused our beta invitations on a small set of subject matter experts. We want to expand the beta offerings even more to industry experts who haven’t taken an exam yet, are considering it but don’t want to invest the money until hey know what the exam is all about, and to get a larger set of experts providing the feedback to help drive quality.
7) In the past, I have tried to register but the exam slots were all full. How will this be any different? – We set a maximum limit on the number of beta exams that can be delivered. This is necessary for various reasons, some obvious and some not, but I won’t be going into those here. To alleviate the issue of the exams filling up, we are increasing this maximum limit to address two problems, not enough open seats and no-shows. That’s right, people actually register for an exam and then don’t show up to take it. Even it is free. No-shows result in exam seats being unavailable to someone who wanted to take it but could not.
8) When will these be available? – All but one exam will be available between the dates of March 31, 2010 to April 20, 2010. Mark your calendars now! We will also be opening registration earlier for these as well.
9) What exams are we talking about? –
70-511 TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft® .NET Framework 4 70-513 TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft® .NET Framework 4 70-515 TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft® .NET Framework 4 70-516 TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft® .NET Framework 4 70-519 Pro: Designing and Developing Web Applications using Microsoft® .NET Framework 4
70-518 Pro: Designing and Developing Windows® Applications using Microsoft .NET Framework 4 will not be available in this time frame but should be available in the April time frame.
10) How do you sign up? – In a little while, I will be making a post to this blog again with the link to the prep guide, Prometric’s web site for registration and the all important beta exam codes that change that cost in your shopping cart to $0.
As always, if you have comments, questions, or suggestions, please start the dialog here.
Looking forward to the announcements.
Awsome! I am so in there!
Excellent, I am looking forward...
Hmm... something just crossed my mind: at least that will be a description of what would be the exam topics?
Woohoo! I have been watching this blog for months waiting for the VS2010 beta exams. Thanks for the update.
Must you have passed the "Exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework, Application Development Foundation" first before you can sit these exams?
I have taken and passed the 70-565 "Enterprise Application Developer 3.5 on Visual Studio 2008"
exam when the last set of beta exams were available.
I have not yet completed the prerequisites for this, will 70-513 "TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft® .NET Framework 4" fulfil the prerequisite for the WCF exam for the MCPD certification?
I would rather not have to pay for and take the 70-503 "TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Communication Foundation Application Development" just to complete the prerequisites for the MCPD certification when a newer version is available.
@dannylane - No you don't, but you will have to have passed it before you are awarded the certification.
That superb. I am intending to have a shot at it. Waiting impatiently for preparation material link.
waiting for the next article...
m waiting then...woaho...please update me for the same if any info i missed; darshanthacker [at] gmail [dot] com.
Looking forward to hear soon. Thanks.
Can't wait to sign up!
Would we get an email once you post the update to this blog?
Minor nit, but shouldn't Formsview in exam 70-515 (under Displaying and Manipulating Data (14%) ) be Formview?
Also, the percentages don't add up to 100%.