MCP Exams for $35?

The catch: You must be enrolled in an IT Academy. Also, exam retakes to be revived for IT Academy students.

Microsoft is giving a big break to students who obtain training through IT Academy schools in the U.S. with a significant discount on MCP exams. Schools who participate in Microsoft's IT Academy program will be able to offer discount exam vouchers to students for for $35; original IT Academy exam pricing is $60. Exams regularly retail at $125. A source says that exams will be priced even lower for emerging countries, at around $30. (India and China are not on the list of emerging countries where the offer will be available.) The discount will be available in the form of a voucher that will be issued by the IT Academy schoool; it can be redeemed at any Pearson Vue or Prometric testing center.

Microsoft doesn't provide much detail on this offer, but mentions it as among many of the program's benefits on the info page at

Our source also tells us that Microsoft is also reviving its popular exam "second-shot" promotion it ran last year, but only for exams taken at any U.S. Authorized Academic Test Center. The exam retake offer provides students with a free voucher that can be used to retake a failed exam. This offer, however, cannot be combined with the $35 exam offer mentioned above, so students who want to take advantage of the second-shot must pay the regular $60 exam price. Details for the second-shot offer are at

[This article has been edited for clarification.--Editors]

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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:

Tue, Jan 19, 2010 Murali Arumugam Chennai

I dont think so this is good one. Dont know why India and China does not get this offer(Second Shot), Is there any specific reason for this.

Tue, Jul 17, 2007 Curt San Diego

How does Microsoft define an IT Acamedy establishment?

Thu, Feb 9, 2006 Chandresh Vyas Ahmedabad, Gujarat - INDIA

Hello Sir,
This news would be great to every student in US but this should be implement in India also as India is more going toward microsoft and as unix and other operating system is also tried to grab the market from microsoft.

Fri, Jan 20, 2006 Eric O Los angeles CA

I agree with "Students get all the breaks!" but then you have to consider why. They are most likely paying a whole lot for their training so exams for $60 or $35 is just an additional cost. For poeple like myself who study on their own then go take tests we are not paying for any training. I think its still cheaper this way, and if you chose this way dont complain! Paying a couble hundred bucks to get mcsa, mcse or whatever your going for is going to pay off!

Tue, Dec 13, 2005 Manuel Schaffer AUSTRIA

That's quite interesting!
I wasn't able to take the second shot offer because I paid with an academy voucher (70€)! At the time I'm on a MS IT Academy in Austria and I would really appreciate that offer here in Austria. Do you have information about that?

Thu, Dec 1, 2005 Wayne P. Fraser, MI

I can only conclude that this MS exam game is nothing but a scam. MS runs it, right? What interest do they have in the testing companies? Think they might be interested in Money?
In 25 years of mainframe experience, I never saw (or needed) any 'you pay for it' certifications to do my job. This is an entirely new phenomenon in the business!
It's an incredibly stupid Ripoff to be required to get a certification every time you turn left, or open a new package! Learning something new is part of the job/task.
If a company (software/hardware/any) thinks that you will buy it's product, it will fall all over itself to sell it; hopefully, your firm's Management understands that!

Tue, Nov 22, 2005 Jason UK,UK,UK,UK

When is the UK going to get anything thats half the problem why i have not taken any more exams because i have to pay for the course and exam its far to expensive so i will just have to do with the win2k MCP and go no further in my carear, earn no more money or should i take the plunge and change carears??

Mon, Nov 21, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

you have to show your student id to take the exam

Mon, Nov 21, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

One of the biggest reasons I see for people not getting their certifications is price. Lots of talented people can't affort to take all the tests they need!

Sun, Nov 20, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

and for teh UK?

Fri, Nov 18, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

Students get all the breaks!

Fri, Nov 18, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

How do you go about finding out if your learning center qualifies

Fri, Nov 18, 2005 John F Tiverton, UK

When are we going to get some special offers in the UK? We even get charged Value Added Tax on the exams these days!

Thu, Nov 17, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

when are they gonna do 2nd shot for non-IT Academy students?

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