Beta Exam Update: 70-300, Analyzing Requirements in November

Microsoft sends out invitations to candidates for final MCSD.NET core requirement exam.

Microsoft sent out beta invitations to MCSD.NET candidates earlier this week for exam 70-300, Analyzing Requirements and Defining .NET Solution Architectures. The exam, which is required to complete the MCSD.NET certification, is expected to be beta tested Nov. 4 through 8; candidates will be able to register to take the beta starting Oct. 21. During the beta period, the exam will be numbered 71-300.

Six MCSD.NET core exams have been released in the last nine months. Exam 70-300 is the seventh and last in the list of core exams necessary for completion of the MCSD.NET title. Microsoft was expected to release the live version of this exam in February 2003 (according to the side note in this MCAD/MCSD comparison chart); the unexpected beta announcement means that development of this exam is possibly ahead of schedule. (As with any exam in development, Microsoft will not confirm or deny any development details or release dates.)

For exam details and objectives, go to

Microsoft offers beta exams to qualified candidates by invitation-only, typically chosen from those who have taken an exam in the past and based on a candidate's expertise, as well as those who subscribe to Microsoft's MCP Flash newsletter. To find out more, go to

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Nov 26, 2003 Raj Anonymous

Good Site

Tue, Jan 21, 2003 SAGARMCP Anonymous

i already have 70-100 with me. i want to get beta offer from MS for 70-300, how can i get that? can any one help me?

Mon, Dec 23, 2002 Manmeet singh bedi New Delhi

i am interested in giving the exam but i am still need to get the email from microsoft How can i give it ?. i am already mcsd,mcse,mcdba

Mon, Dec 23, 2002 Ahmad Anonymous

Hello guys,
any news on 70-300 exam, any results?
I took it on 8th of November I have not obtained result yet.

Thu, Nov 7, 2002 Betty Bellevue

Any folks who took exams for MCSD and the new .net track give feedbacks on how they feel about the new .NET exams compare to the VS 6.0 ones? How do you study? Transcendar?

Tue, Oct 29, 2002 Robert Maryland

this is really strange, I am wondering how many of us have had a chance to use the concepts or the materials that MS want to test. For example ORM (object role modeling) ....

Mon, Oct 28, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Essien from Nigeria
I love the idea of the beta exam though, was not send an invitation until I contacted MCPHELP. The exam would give me an opportunity to see how good I really am since there is no dumps to help one prepare.I've been preparing for the exam, but the problem I'm having is being registered for the exam. The testing center close to me said is having problem registering me for the exam. Can somebody out there help out. Thank you.

Fri, Oct 18, 2002 Nelson Portugal

Does anyone know who can I get study materials to take this exam ? Please reply to my e-mail. Thanks

Thu, Oct 17, 2002 RTR India

Are the MCAD and MCSD.NET available in India

Sun, Oct 13, 2002 Sridhar Krishnaswamy Arcadia, CA

The beta period is now extended to include the weekend, Nov 4 - 10.

Fri, Oct 11, 2002 Davin Mickelson Minnesota

I am an MCAD (C#) and an MCSD (C++6 & VB6) but was not invited until I sent an email to
I biggest issue with this 5-hour exam is that it is not schedule for any Saturdays - when it wouldn't interfere with my work schedule. Sad.

Tue, Oct 8, 2002 Steve Anonymous

I received the invitation. (I'm a VB6 MCSD, SQL2k MCDBA and Win2k MCSA)

Fri, Oct 4, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

AL.KARTHIK, invitations for the 70-300 beta are likely only sent out to current MCSD's or people that passed the 70-100. You will probably not receive an invitation for this beta exam. If you would like to inquire further, send an email to and provide your MCP ID to them.

Fri, Oct 4, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Has anyone received this invite that was allegedly sent out earlier in the week?


I am intrested in giving the exam but I am still need to get the mail from the microsoft. As I already recieved the MCP News Flash that such an Exam is about to happen but can I give it ???
I am an MCSE 4.0 ,MCSE(2K) ,
Stilll waiting for the coupon.

Thu, Oct 3, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

In the current sluggish economy, is it worth to take MS certification? I pass 2 dot Net exams: windows app and web in VB.NET but I am very reluctant to take the web service.

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