New Beta for Old Windows Exam?

Microsoft to release beta version of 70-291 exam with questions relating to upcoming Windows XP SP2, say sources.

Based on data that appears on the Pearson VUE testing site, Microsoft is expected to release a beta version of the 70-291, Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure, which will be available from July 19 to July 27. During the beta period, the exam will be numbered 71-291. According to sources, speculation is that this beta may be a brand new beta with questions relating to features in the upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2.

According to one source who has helped Microsoft develop questions and has asked for anonymity, Microsoft's approach is nothing new and it's one the company has taken when software gets updated with new technology. "In the past, refreshed items have been seeded -- unscored -- in with old items, much like the SAT or any other exam," says the source. However, the vast number of changes coming with XP SP2 may warrant a new beta with a complex number of questions to test in the field. "A new beta is the most time- and cost-effective way to put a lot of new content out there...."

The source believes Microsoft may follow suit with other exams that may be refreshed with newer content pertaining to the changes in XP SP2. Windows XP SP 2 will be generally available some time in August (see "Windows XP SP2 Coming in August" on the site for details).

Microsoft typically does not comment on exams in beta and did not offer details at the time of this writing.

As is often the case, Microsoft typically makes beta exams available by invitation only; the pool of invitations are often drawn from a list of qualified subscribers to the company's "MCP Newsflash" newsletter. To find out more, go to

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Jul 23, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

There must be a routing issue between your network and the web site.

Fri, Jul 23, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

I got "page not found" error. Perhaps the promo code is no longer avilable?

Mon, Jul 19, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

This beta exam will be offered only at the MS campus in Redmond.
Call 1-800-WHO-CARES for the promo code!

Sun, Jul 18, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

anyone got the promo? pretty please!

Sat, Jul 17, 2004 marcel Anonymous

How odd that XP SP2 is given as a reason for changing this w2k3 exam. I would applaud a new XP exam (70-270) because of XP SP2 as well as a decent MOC course instead of 2272.

I found 70-291 too short and it had too little networking related questions. It's nowhere near 70-216 which was hard but fair and it covered all areas.

Sat, Jul 17, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

You most likely won't receive the beta code to take the exam if you've previously passed it. They have re-released many exams over the years with the same number but new content. They did this most recently with all the 2000 exams.
And if you hadn't heard, this beta will be offered only at the MS campus in Redmond!

Fri, Jul 16, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

I assume if you've already taken this exam, 70-291, you cannot take it again? That has been the policy for as long as I can remember, but then again, I've never heard of Microsoft offer a different exam on the same subject with the same number. Anyone?

Fri, Jul 16, 2004 karim egypt


Thu, Jul 15, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

There was an announcement made at this weeks Partner Conference that all exams will be re-released as performance based exams. No more multiple choice!

Thu, Jul 15, 2004 michel Anonymous

does anyone get the promo .. please tell us about it?

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