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Microsoft BI Certifications or Why SQL is a 4-Letter Word


Microsoft BI Certifications or Why SQL is a 4-Letter Word

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Adam Machanic
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I seem to recall SSC announcing them last time around, so you're already on the list Smile

Theoretically none of the answers should be wrong on the beta exam. The test has already gone through a few revisions and reviews by that point. The goal of the beta exam is not to test correctness, but rather to ensure that questions are phrased properly such that most qualified candidates will be able to answer them, but so that they're not too easy. MS takes all of the answers from all of the beta test takers and focuses on the questions that the least number of people got the correct answers for, and the questions that the most number of people got the correct answers for. These are evaluated to determine whether they should be rewritten. Perhaps a few incorrect answers are found and weeded out at that point, but it should be rare.

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Becase as long as you pass, you pass, regardless of the exam version. @=)

And if you make a note on the Betas (or an exam) about a problem being wrong or the answers being wrong for the scenario, then Provantage forwards the information to Microsoft who re-evaluates the questions based on your notes. After the review, if you've made your case sufficiently in the attached notes, Microsoft or Provantage can choose to alter your grade upwards because you obviously understood the material and caught them with their pants down. @=)

Sometimes, like in a beta, this can make the difference between passing and failing. Though, I wouldn't advise people to try this tact just so they can "fix" their grade. You really have to know what you're talking about and provide excellent reasoning for this to work. And the question/answer setup has to be actually wrong and not just a trick question.

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Adam,

Theoretically, you might be right, but in the past I've actually seen an exam where they gave me an example of a database in Simple recovery mode and started off the question with "After you back up the transaction log...".

And everyone knows that you can't do transaction log backups on a database in simple recovery mode. @=) Unless there's a trick I'm missing... Which is entirely possible. @=)

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Sorry to break this to you, Brandie, but your comments make no difference on your score. I was told by MSL that they are not evaluated together (and from what I gathered from reading between the lines, rarely read at all).

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Brandie Tarvin (10/30/2007)

Theoretically, you might be right, but in the past I've actually seen an exam where they gave me an example of a database in Simple recovery mode and started off the question with "After you back up the transaction log...".


Sure, there are bound to be some incorrect answers in the beta exam -- and even in the final version of the exam if you ask me BigGrin

... but my point was that finding the incorrect answers is not the main goal of the beta.

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Really? Because I heard from someone else that they can if, and only if, they are pointing out errors on the exam. But I have no direct experience with this myself, actually.

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I'm a little slow on the upswing. Regarding this statement "Completing exam 70-445 and studying the associated materials should allow you to go into exam 70-446". What associated materials are being referenced? BigGrin
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By associated materials, I meant any content that could help you succeed, not really anything in particular. Some of the things I would use to study are the following:

blogs
certification study guides
practice exams
MSDN & whitepapers
practice exams

The main theme of the article other than my exam is that One Note would be a very useful tool to assist with compiling the content that you need to study successfully, and searching for the outline topics will give you a great idea of what to expect.

cheers,
Andrew



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I've passed the 70-446 exam last week!

I managed to score 93% on it while I scored 70% on the 70-445 exam.
Read more about the exam on my blog:

http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/jorg/archive/2008/03/28/mcitp-i-passed-the-70-446-pro-designing-a-business-intelligence-infrastructure-by-using-microsoft-sql-server-2005-exam.aspx



I also wrote a blog about the 70-445 exam that I've passed last year:

http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/jorg/archive/2007/11/15/MCTS-_2D00_-I-passed-the-70_2D00_445-exam_2100_.aspx

Good Luck! Smile

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