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70-461 - Done, but more difficult than expected


70-461 - Done, but more difficult than expected

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I'm reading the Training Kit Book and there are sections with a "key" icon. What are the relevance of these verses the sections labled "exam hints"

Also is 2 hours more than enough time for the 200 question exam?


If you know your T-SQL, 2 hours is enough time.
I did it in a bit over an hour.


Oh right, didn't read the question well.
You don't get 200 questions like on the test exam. You get around 50.


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I started studying for this one but I'm thinking of switching to the 2008 track since:

1.) it expires at the end of Jan 2014
2.) most of our customers are still on SQL 2008 R2

Any thoughts on weather the 2008 track is worth going after at this point? Or just move on to 2012?
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I'd do the 2012. Sooner or later those DBs with get upgraded and new servers will come with SQL2012 installed on them. Other than the new features everything i the 2012 exam is still applicable to 2008R2, so why not get the newest? This saves you the bother off upgrading later. I'm thinking of skipping 2012 and waiting for 2014, but I already have the materials(had them for a year now, still haven't written), so I'll probably still do the 2012 exams.
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I'm reading the Training Kit Book and there are sections with a "key" icon. What are the relevance of these verses the sections labled "exam hints"

Also is 2 hours more than enough time for the 200 question exam?


200 Questions? Do you mean test questions as when I sat my exam there was only 44.

oh wow, thanks...
Yes the test exam had 200 questions with a 2 hour time period, thus I assumed that's how the exam was as well.
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db808 (10/30/2013)
I'm reading the Training Kit Book and there are sections with a "key" icon. What are the relevance of these verses the sections labled "exam hints"


The "Key" items are things that the author of the training book guessed might be on the exam. In my experience, they may or may not, and any corrorlation between the Key items and exam questions is coincidental.

Without violating the NDA, I'll describe the actual exam questions as geared toward how to get things done and which actions will or will not produce a desired outcome within the conditions that are presented, not factoids that can be summaized in one or two sentence key items.
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I read the entire Training Kit book, aced all the book questions, was able to answer all 200 simulated test questions in 90 minutes with a 95% passing score.

Took the exam and didn't pass (got 675, needed 700). Actually the 2 hours was just enough time for me to finish the exam and review about 20 questions.

Conclusion, the Training Kit Book is good for knowledge and reference but not good for preparing you for the exam.

Very upset. I think I have to wait 45 days to retake. Is that correct?
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I could have sworn you could retake after an hour, but I looked it up and you have to wait 24 hours,

The guidelines are here.
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Thank You..
Maybe the person who relayed me the message was looking at the MCM: SQL Server 2008 Unsure
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First post here, glad to be a part of this community.

I had my first go at the 70-461 exam yesterday and had an unfavorable outcome. I am some what new to the SQL community, having done other programming in (believe it or not) Synergex DBL (long story).

Anyways, I am encouraged by how difficult this exam was. It will feel that much better when I pass it. It seems to be proficient in what exam asks for one needs to log many hours writing code in SQL, which is what I plan on doing.

Question for the group: Are there any online study groups for this exam? Or is the forum by best resource for Q and A?

Cheers,
Rho
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