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Reminder: Developer Exams in Beta Next Week

Qualified MCSD candidates can take new security-based developer exams for free; exams set for April 21 beta testing.

Reminder: Candidates for the Microsoft Certified Software Developer certification have a chance to take two exams for free next week:
  • 70-330 Implementing Security for Applications with Visual Basic .NET (numbered 71-330 while in beta)
  • 70-340 Implementing Security for Applications with Visual C# .NET (71-340 while in beta)

For more information on these exams, see "Developer Exams Spotlight Security" in the News archive (or click here).

The exams are free for those candidates who are sent an invitation to take the exam during the beta period. According to posts on several public newsgroups, invitations hit candidates' e-mail inboxes the same week as the Microsoft Learning Web site announced the exams. Microsoft typically sends invitations to subscribers of its MCP Newsflash newsletter, but the selection process that the company uses remains a well-guarded mystery. (To read more about getting involved in the beta process, click here.)

Both the 70-330 and 70-340 exams also count as electives under the MCAD.NET and the MCDBA titles; as of this writing, however, the requirements guides for those titles still do not include the new exams.

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Reader Comments:

Sat, Apr 17, 2004 Alex Anonymous

I agree with Jarrod. I'm an MCT and MCSD .NET. The majorit of my income somes from SW developement and not training. The only time I ever got a beta exam invite was when I went on the MCT site, found the email address of the Microsoft person who sends them out, and asked to be invited. I took and passed both of the exams over a year ago. Since then ... I've gotten squat in terms of beta exam invites. Who has time to troll the MCT newsgroups for beta invites.

Fri, Apr 16, 2004 Jarrod Anonymous

Hmmm MCT & MCSD.net = MCSD.net train the trainer + 400 US$
Gives us MCT newsgroups (for MCTs :) ) cool
Just think it would be nice to hear news - maybee an email - for those of us who spend our time writing code to pay the rent. Never the less , I´m sure having the luxury of teaching some lacky how to declare a string is an exciting prospect.

Fri, Apr 16, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

Hmm, being MCT & MCSD.net, I received that invitation. Even more - promo codes are available as always in MCT newsgroups (for MCTs :) )
Will take VB.net to make a look & then have a week to prepare for C# beta

Fri, Apr 16, 2004 Jarrod Anonymous

Reminder???? New exam? What? Where?
The only way to recieve information about new exams is to pray to god. I finished MCSD for .NET July last year. Since then I have recieved the same amount of information from Microsoft over the developer track as I would from a dead fish. Then again, it is a security exam. Maybe its a secret. Maybe well hear about it on the radio first like all other Microsoft security infos.
Beta ? Baaaah

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