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Exams 70-290, 70-291 Debut Aug. 14

Microsoft to release key core exams for MCSA/MCSE on Windows Server 2003 track on Thursday.

According to exam objective guides posted early this morning, Microsoft will be releasing 70-290, Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment, and 70-291, Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure, on Thursday. The guides were updated with no fanfare early Wednesday morning, and followed a quiet updating of the 70-292 exam objective guide (click here for more on that exam).

Candidates can begin registering for the exams immediately through Prometric and Vue testing centers. According to the exam guides, they may contain adaptive testing technology and simulation questions; Microsoft hints that new exams may include new testing innovations, such as hot areas, drag and place and testlets (click here to read more).

Exams 70-290 and 70-291 make up the first of two exams that candidates must pass in order to satisfy the Core Networking portion of the MCSA on Windows Server 2003 tracks. Two more exams are needed for the MCSE-Windows 2003's Core Networking portion; Microsoft will release exams 70-293, Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure, and 70-294, Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure, on August 28.

Candidates who are already MCSA-Windows 2000 or MCSE-Windows 2000 titleholders who plan to upgrade their certifications can bypass these exams and, instead, take Exam 70-292. Passing that exam will automatically earn candidates an MCSA on Windows Server 2003 title.

To read the 70-290 exam objective guide, click here; for 70-291, click here. To view the requirements for MCSA-Windows 2003, click here; for MCSE-Windows 2003, click here.

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Reader Comments:

Sun, Nov 21, 2004 leelo sudan

Am so hapy to pass the exam but raily it was so easy

Sun, Nov 21, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

mcp

Mon, Aug 25, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I did receive the results for my 293 beta (Fail) in mail. The exam was pretty difficult considering that there wasn't too much material for preparation at the time beta exam was active.

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

i have received my 290,291 results.
They do not reflect a score. Pass/Fail only
all 4 appear on my transcript.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I'm still waiting on my results for the 290 and 291 beta. I thought I was to get them in the mail before release. They are not on my MS transcript.

Thu, Aug 14, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

291 is pretty much the admin side of things (like 218ish) and 293 is the network side of things (216ish). As always there is a degree of overlap, but I have to say, the beta of 293 was bloody evil.

Thu, Aug 14, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

the thing i don't get is the difference between exams 70-291 and 70-293 for win2k3 cos looking back at win2k exams both 291 and 293 make up 70-216. so where's the split?

Wed, Aug 13, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

The Prometric results for 70-290, 70-291 are already on the transcript. The transcript only shows passes of course. Presumably the 70-293 and 70-294 will be out in a couple of weeks. I doubt we'll find out any more than just pass, or... silence.

Wed, Aug 13, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

What about the beta exams given two months ago for 70-290 and 70-291? When do we receive our scores for these?

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