Re-posted from the Born to Learn blog:

Registration is now open for SQL Server 2012 beta exams. You are invited to take this beta exam at no charge. If 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 Microsoft Certification Program 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. The following exams are a part of this beta offering. Beta exam period runs: March 23, 2012– April 13, 2012, with specific exam delivery dates and voucher codes as follows:

Exam number

Beta delivery dates

Promotional code

Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

3/29/2012—4/12/2012

DEN461

Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

3/29/2012—4/12/2012

DEN462

Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

3/23/2012—4/6/2012

DEN463

Exam 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

3/30/2012—4/13/2012

DEN464

Exam 70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

3/30/2012—4/13/2012

DEN465

Exam 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

3/23/2012—4/6/2012

DEN466

Exam 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

3/23/2012—4/6/2012

DEN467

For information about the certification paths, visit the SQL Server certification page. To find exam preparation information, follow the link on the exam numbers above.

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. In some cases, the number of eligible individuals notified exceeds the number of available beta slots. Please note that your local testing center may become fully booked, even though there may still be seats available for a specific exam. Try scheduling at a different testing center or a different time. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered. We will post a notice on the Born to Learn blog when the beta slots are filled. If you register, please ensure you are committed to attend.