Hmmm... did I mean to say, "Are you planning on getting certified?"  Guess that isn't the same thing, is it?  If you're planning on taking any of the Microsoft certification exams, now is a GREAT time to do so!  A program has been in place for awhile now called "Second Shot."  The gist of the plan is that if you fail the exam, you get to try again (a second shot) for free.  Hopefully, this is a benefit you never have to use, right?  It doesn't really seem fair to reward those who fail and not give anything to those who succeed, does it?

Well, the plan just got better.  If you DO pass the exam, the program now gives you a bonus as well!  Pass the exam and get a 25% discount on your next exam.  Here are the details:

The Offer – 3-easy steps :

1. Register for Second Shot offer and sit for the exam by December 31, 2008!

2. If you fail the exam you will receive a free retake exam that can be utilized until June 30, 2009.

3. If you Pass, you will get 25% off a second exam.  You have until February 28, 2009 to utilize the discounted exam.  

Note: If you pass the first exam but fail your 25% off second exam, you will not get a free retake on your second exam.

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/offers/secondshot/default.mspx

Just a little something for those of you who pass on the first try.  Good luck to all.  I'm working on some certifications of my own, so maybe you'll see me sitting next to you in an exam room.  Just a hint... you probably don't want to cheat off of me.  (But you shouldn't say anything if I happen to look at your screen.)  ;)