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Microsoft Certification Exam Retake Policies

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We’ve had a couple questions from partners lately around certification exam retake policies. You can read the full list of exam policies here, but if you’re interested in just retakes, here are the details:


Retake policy
  1. General Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Exam Retake Policy

    1. If a candidate does not pass an exam the first time, he/she may retake it after at least 24 hours have passed.

    2. If a candidate does not achieve a passing score the second time, the candidate must wait at least 14 days to retake the exam a third time.

    3. A 14-day waiting period will be imposed for all subsequent exam retakes.

    4. A candidate may not take a given exam any more than five times per calendar year. In order to take a given exam more than five times per year, a candidate must obtain prior permission from Microsoft.

    5. If a candidate has passed an exam, he/she cannot take it again.

  2. MCP Beta Exam Retake Policy

    1. Beta exams may be taken only once.

    2. This policy supersedes the general retake policy.

  3. Exam-specific Retake Policy exceptions

    1. In some cases, Microsoft may have special policies for specific exams.


If you’re interested in how Microsoft exams can help your partner organization grow, learn more about our Microsoft Partner Network competencies here.


Do you have any other questions about Microsoft certifications? If so, let us know and we can help you find the answer!

The Partner Training Team

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