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SQL Server Consultant with extensive experience in the financial, health and retail sectors. Strong in all areas of SQL Server and specialise in Security but really get my kicks from System Optimisation and Performance Tuning. Being a DBA is a thankless task at times but sadly I do enjoy it. Organiser of the SQLNorthEast Usergroup (@SQLNE) and the Newcastle leg of SQLRelay (www.sqlrelay.co.uk) as well as trying to help out others where I can via social network (follow me @SQLGeordie)

Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Beta exam (70-461 / 71-461) – My Thoughts

Well I’ve now done the final SQL Server 2012 exam I managed to get a slot booked for. The Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 exam wasn’t going to be my strongest subject as I’m more of a DBA than Developer but i felt it went quite well.
The exam consisted of 55 questions, varying in structure from multiple guess to drag n drop. There were only about 5 or 6 questions i left comments about relating to the content not being clear, typo’s or in one instance an actual mistake in the question so all in all a better setup than the Administrator exam I took first off (70-462 / 71-462).

The biggest issue I found was down to my own fault. I didn’t revise on the syntax of the new 2012 T-SQL functionality. Don’t get me wrong, I know i’ve got a lot of them right but with some, although I knew the answer was down to 2 of the 4, I didn’t know it well enough to be 100% certain as there was only 1 word different in the syntax which I’m a bit disappointed with……..but no-one to blame but myself :)

I’m still not sure whether the pass mark is 70% or 80% and hoping I’ve answered enough of the non-2012 questions correctly to scrape through.

As always, I’d be interesting to hear other peoples thoughts on any of the 2012 exams they’ve taken so far…..


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