Getting Certified

  • K. Brian Kelley

    SSC Guru

    Points: 114455

    Comments posted to this topic are about the content posted at http://www.sqlservercentral.com/columnists/bkelley/gettingcertified.asp

    K. Brian Kelley
    @kbriankelley

  • Jonr

    SSCrazy

    Points: 2566

    Good advice Brian, lots of things I'd not picked up on before about exam technique which will certainly help me to focus when I come to do my MCPs. Thank you !

    Jon Reade


    Jon

  • K. Brian Kelley

    SSC Guru

    Points: 114455

    You're welcome. And if you have suggestions that you didn't see in the article that has helped you in your pursuit of certification, please post them. We can all learn from the experience of others.

    K. Brian Kelley

    http://www.truthsolutions.com/

    Author: Start to Finish Guide to SQL Server Performance Monitoring

    http://www.netimpress.com/shop/product.asp?ProductID=NI-SQL1

    K. Brian Kelley
    @kbriankelley

  • PBirch

    SSCrazy Eights

    Points: 8483

    Brian,

    Good article.

    Yes. When I decide to go for a test, I schedule it. Nothing like having the cash already spent to give me incentive.

    Tests for similar subjects I will schedule closer together (how much difference is there between Win2K OS systems?). Always group similar tests together. I took my SQL Server tests within two weeks of each other. I was confident I knew the material and I could not see the point of waiting. When it came time to take the OS exam I gave myself another month, but then scheduled the OS exams together (I was taking the MCDBA and MCSE tests together).

    Patrick

    Quand on parle du loup, on en voit la queue

  • shiggins_dev

    SSC Rookie

    Points: 29

    Brian,

    Excellent article. I purchased the study material for my first MCSD exam about one month ago. However, I've had a hard time getting started. This set me on the right path.

    Thanks

  • K. Brian Kelley

    SSC Guru

    Points: 114455

    This is where the technique used by Patrick and by my alphabet soup certification friend is invaluable. By scheduling the test, you've got incentive.

    K. Brian Kelley

    http://www.truthsolutions.com/

    Author: Start to Finish Guide to SQL Server Performance Monitoring

    http://www.netimpress.com/shop/product.asp?ProductID=NI-SQL1

    K. Brian Kelley
    @kbriankelley

  • dbamark

    SSCommitted

    Points: 1594

    Thanks for the great article. I think you may have just given me motivation to get back on the 'CERT' track!

  • Greg Norris

    Old Hand

    Points: 300

    Excellent information. I too have been "thinking" about certification and the clarity provided inthis article has given me the motivation to go the next step.

    I wonder if there is a chance to "update" the information in the article, say every 6 mths as there is always new software / exams coming out.

    Again thank you for your encouragment,

    Greg Norris

    Australia



    Greg Norris
    DBA to Development team

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