Questions on the IIS Test
Consider it a study tool and IIS reference in one.
I passed the Implementing and Supporting
Internet Information Server 4.0 exam without using InternetCert
4.0 from Transcender. Had I found this tool a little
earlier and gone through its three standard tests and
one adaptive exam, I'm convinced I could have tackled
70-087 with much less effort. I don't mean the common
complaint by some, that passing this exam requires "reading
too much extra junk" on TechNet, MSDN, or the Option
Pack on-line help. As any experienced professional knows,
some of the best gems are buried deepest in Microsoft's
resources. Finding, understanding, and implementing
them can provide that little extra knowledge that sets
a great IIS administrator apart from a good one. However,
searching for that elusive piece of information can
sometimes be an exercise in futility.
InternetCert 4.0 provides excellent
references to documentation and technical resources
that provide budding IIS experts with the background
to answer the how and the why (not just the what) of
the questions on the IIS exam. These references can
save certification candidates a great deal of time by
letting them avoid wading through numerous off-target
articles when it comes to explaining the right answer
to a question.
One area of exam preparation where
I feel the product really excels is in the simulation
questions. A paper-based study guide may ask you to
list the steps, in general, to perform a particular
task, but that's not really how you'll be asked about
it, (on the test or in real life). InternetCert 4.0
provides a range of simulation questions that cover
most of the permutations you might see on the live exam.
Setting IP address restrictions, creating and granting
permissions on new sites and virtual directories, setting
up various authentication schemes, and toggling bandwidth
and connection limits are all covered in multiple, slightly
different scenarios. Answering these questions correctly
gives you confidence that your "book" knowledge is actually
starting to gel into "real world" knowledge.
Another nice feature is the adaptive
testing option. If you haven't taken an adaptive exam
(and I haven't), this simulation is a must. I'm one
of those test takers who quickly runs through and answers
the questions of which I'm 100-percent confident and
then returns to the other questions to more thoroughly
think through the possible correct answers. This strategy
isn't workable in an adaptive setting, where questions
are gone forever once you click "Next." More than once
during the adaptive exam, I frustrated myself by moving
on to the next question out of habit without fully considering
|One nice feature of Transcender's
adaptive testing module is the graph in the score
report window. With this you can see how you fared
vs. the "pass line" as each question was answered.
I'm impressed with the product's
ability to point out my weak areas, sure. But even more
impressive is its ability to point me where I can learn
what I need to in order to improve my knowledge. Not
only will this simulation increase your preparedness
for the test, it might also introduce you to some very
useful Microsoft resources.
Jason Catlett, MCSD, works for First Edge Sornson in Southfield, Michigan as a VB/SQL/Web/e-commerce developer. During weeks he doesn't work 70 hours, he enjoys watching the Wolverines, Red Wings, (and someday) the Lions win.