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How to pass a Microsoft certification [70-432]


How to pass a Microsoft certification [70-432]

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Tim Weintz
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I agree that some of the memorization type questions are a bit silly. I have the MCITP: Database Developer, MCITP: Database Administrator, and the pre-req MCTS. There were some questions which expected me to remember if the name of a dmv reads stats or statistics, for instance. But I didn't even study for the administrator exams and I passed the final two on the same day. If you know what you are doing and have the experience MS recommends before taking these exams, you can afford to miss the <10% of questions which are silly. (And if you know that of the 4 choices it's either stats or statistics, you still have a 50/50 shot, even on the silly questions.) Also, if you are really doing it every day, you probably will remember the correct answer, anyway... However, if you are struggling to get by, these questions may make you fail, which is a good thing, IMO, considering all of the brain dumps and cheating flooding the market with incompetent fools.
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Jeff,

I completely agree with you. The Cert test ought to be HARD, I mean very hard, like how do I fix xxx when it's broken, or a complete simulation where you actually fix X.

And we ought to have Google, BOL, etc. available as the tools we use to work with the product.

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Steve Jones - Editor (3/18/2010)
Jeff,

I completely agree with you. The Cert test ought to be HARD, I mean very hard, like how do I fix xxx when it's broken, or a complete simulation where you actually fix X.

And we ought to have Google, BOL, etc. available as the tools we use to work with the product.



I like this idea. I wonder if this is how the MCM is being conducted.



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Guys

One more question.. What if i fail the first time?
Do i need to pay double the exam fees when i take the exam next time?
Is there any waiting period before i am eligible for the second attempt?

what are the guidelines?
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Right now Microsoft is offering a second-shot promotion where, if you register using the code, you get a second shot at the exam for free. Check out the Microsoft Learning site for the promotion and for details about re-takes and the exams.



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Guys

Can you tell me what is meant by these Simulation questions?
What do we need to do in these questions?Are these Case scenarios?
Or do we need to do something on a simulated enterprise manager for example.
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You get a mock up of some tool and asked to do some job.

That's about all I can say safely.

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Can anybody help answering this one?.

Can an individual with no Microsoft SQL Server experience pass the exam by reading and understanding the Microsoft SQL Server 2008-Implementation and Maintenance self-paced training Kit by Mike Hotek? that's the official Microsoft book.
The reason I ask is because I have read the book twice and fail the test 2 times already, I was frustrated during the test since several questions included were really confusing and some technical details that I can't even recall reading when I was studying.
I didn't do much of the practice on the book since there are some complex infrastructure scenarios and I couldn't put all scenarios in place.

Please Advise.
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The exams assume that you have practical experience, either from working in the field or practising on your own. You're unlikely to pass without that experience.

From the official website:
Audience Profile
Candidates should have one to two years of experience using SQL Server 2008 or two to three years of experience using a previous version of SQL Server. Candidates for this exam are IT professionals who have jobs in which database administration is their main area of responsibility, or they work in environments in which databases are central to their job roles.


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Thanks for your input GilaMonster, I will go trough the whole practice available to see if that helps improving my score.
Thank you!
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