Two Visual Studio .NET Exams Head into Beta Testing

Microsoft close to releasing two core options for MCAD.NET and MCSD.NET tracks in May this year.

At the end of this month, Microsoft plans ot release two Visual Studio .NET-based exams: 70-306, Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Visual Basic .NET and Visual Studio .NET, and 70-316, Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Visual C# .NET and Visual Studio .NET. Both exams are core options for the new MCSD.NET and MCAD.NET certifications that were announced last month. (See "Microsoft Details New Developer Certifications" in News.)

Exam 70-306, which goes into beta testing March 29 through April 5, will be numbered 71-306. Exam 70-316, in beta April 2 to 9, will be numbered 71-316. Microsoft plans to make both exams available in May this year.

Exam objective guides for each exam can be found here:

Beta exams are free but are given by invitation only. For more information on participating in a beta exam, go to

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Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Aug 29, 2003 Babak Iran

Help Me! - For Download Active X of Web Class

Fri, Jun 14, 2002 Mushrraf Baig Ashraf Pakistan

Microsot should not leave the visual c++ certification as it is the best programming language secondly it will be a great change in the field of computer as we will have to change our codes to the .net

Wed, Apr 24, 2002 ALi IRAN

when MCSD exams will be expired?

Sat, Apr 6, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

I feel these comments don't violate the agreement I've made with Microsoft, so here 'goes... The 70-306 is a great mix of questions. No new question formats like drag-and-drop or create-a-tree, and very few exhibits. Just a pile of multiple choice questions. Lots of, so get to know that well. Also a bunch on debugging and tracing. If you master those topics and have worked with WinForms for awhile, you'll be well-prepared for the exam. 70-316 has a very similar focus in terms of areas of study, just that the language used is different. So it is with C# and -- they are both first-class languages. Classes built with one language can easily be used in the other language, etc. Capabilities in one langauge are totally available in the other. The IL code ends up basically being the same. So these tests are very similar as well.

Tue, Apr 2, 2002 Sudhakar New York

Viks, what is the format of the Beta 71-306?

Tue, Apr 2, 2002 Dvw Europe

Viks: how is the 71-306?

Mon, Apr 1, 2002 Grillo Bolivia

Yo creo que no existe el material para poder preparase bien para este examen beta ( 71-306). Pero lo voy a dar para ver el contenido y si me va bien. ni modo.

Sun, Mar 31, 2002 ehsan iran

Viks !! help me..

Sun, Mar 31, 2002 ehsan iran

How Register Beta Exam?
do: create .Net Passport but no receive password or code to register.... how Register?

Sat, Mar 30, 2002 Viks India

Hey, I am taking the Beta 71-306 on 1st April !

Thu, Mar 21, 2002 Barry Thomas Houston, TX

Michael, any news on the Web Applications exam (70-305 and 315) time frames?

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