Exam Updates

More than a year after Microsoft began releasing its first batch of Windows 2000 exams, the company has begun sharing details about the number of Win2K exams it has issued.

At the same time, Microsoft began offering a roadmap for the MCSE and MCSD certifications that will allow candidates to mix and match tests.

In a talk given at its July partner conference, Anne Marie McSweeney, director of Microsoft's certification and skills assessment group, said that about 110,000 people had passed 70-210, the Win2K Professional exam. Another 80,000 candidates had passed 70-215; 50,000 had passed 70-216; and 40,000 had passed 70-217.

Worth Your While

Whether you're prepping for a certification test or figuring out IP addressing for your new Windows 2000 network, this free 65-page primer (in .pdf) format on the 3Com Web site can help. It covers IP addressing in exhaustive depth, with lots of good illustrations.

These four exams are currently the most popular among certification candidates. (The exam slate started over at the beginning of the company's fiscal year, July 1, 2001, which means NT 4.0 exams no longer show up in the tally.) According to an Aug. 2 count, these are the top 11 Microsoft tests:

  • 70-210 Windows 2000 Professional
  • 70-215 Windows 2000 Server
  • 70-216 Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
  • 70-217 Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure
  • 70-219 Designing a Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure
  • 70-029 Designing and Implementing Databases with SQL Server 7.0
  • 70-221 Designing a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
  • 70-028 Administering SQL Server 7.0
  • 70-220 Designing Security for a Windows 2000 Network
  • 70-176 Visual Basic 6.0 Desktop Applications
  • 70-240 Accelerated Exam

At the same Fusion presentation, McSweeney laid out plans for MCSE certification under .NET Server. Once the full suite of tests is available, candidates will be able to take either the Win2K or .NET Server version of a particular exam. As in the current program, candidates will need to pass four core tests, one design exam and two electives.

McSweeney also laid out Microsoft's plans for a new iteration of its MCSD credential, which offers candidates the chance to mix and match exams between older versions of tests and newer ones. Whereas the last generation of MCSD core tests distinguished between desktop and distributed applications, the new generation will offer tests that focus specifically on Windows and Web application development.

Also, in its new set of tests, Microsoft will do away with versions for Visual FoxPro developers. The Web Applications exams will only come in Visual Basic.NET and C# flavors.

Exam objective guides for the new exams weren't available as of this writing, with the exception of 70-270. The Windows XP Professional exam was expected to go into beta testing in Sept. 27.

About the Author

Dian L. Schaffhauser is a freelance writer based in Northern California.

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Apr 23, 2004 KETAN Anonymous


Mon, Oct 15, 2001 prasad babu

yha.... exams are nice if they have implimented the vc++ in depth level na it will be soo good
thank you

Wed, Oct 10, 2001 amit india

sir i need your help as soon as possible i clear my first papper of mcsd on 16 jan 2001 till now i just not given any other papper is that compalsary that if i cant give rest of 3 papper of mcsd my registration is cancel and i am not geting the certification of mcsd i got the certificate of mcp (vb)plzz help me i am not geting any web site for mail u so plzz

Wed, Oct 10, 2001 Bob New Orleans

i found the article of mcp mag from June 2001 to be a perfect guide for studying for the 70-240 Acceperated exam. It outlines all subject matters and some details of what to know. Cover all items using the Resource kit and any study guides you have, and as long as you have working knowledge, you should pass. Oh and the test does not give you a score, only Pass/Fail, so I have no idea how good I did, but most importantly it just said "Pass"

Tue, Oct 9, 2001 George IN

After studying TroyTec study guide 14 hours and taking the MCSE Readiness review tests, took 70-215 exam and scored 840 (660 min). Highly recommend TroyTec study guides.

Mon, Oct 8, 2001 Jason B. Lee RTP, NC

Does anyone know how to become MCP Certified for IIS 4.0 since the retirement of Exam #70-087?

Thu, Oct 4, 2001 Sergio Otoya Sydney - Australia

Does anyone know where to get practice exams for Biztalk server 2000?. The exam I think is already out but there are no Transcender practice exams or alike.

Wed, Oct 3, 2001 Jim Ohio

For what it's worth, I took the 70-215 exam last week. 51 questions, I didn't think I was doing well and passed with flying colors (760 and 660 was minimum I think). I used training course, along with the Microsoft book, and ran the Transcender practice exam twice to prepare. I failed both the Transcenders but did well on the actual test. Hope this helps someone.

Wed, Oct 3, 2001 Mike Tampa

Share you comments with me about the 70-240 Exam. I'm gearing up to take it and I don't want to hype myself up too much nor under estimate it.

Wed, Oct 3, 2001 MCP Mexico

Does anyone have material to share about the 70-100 exam "Analizing Requirements" Please send me anything about this topic.

Wed, Oct 3, 2001 Nick Springfield

The difference between a Win2k MCSE and a WinXP MCSE is the braging rights.

Tue, Oct 2, 2001 Benton VA

How will you tell the difference between a 2000 MCSE and a XP or .NET MCSE?

Mon, Oct 1, 2001 MDeshpande Mumbai-India

I want to be MCSE + MCDBA BUT find difficult to clear 70-240..... What should I do ????

Sun, Sep 30, 2001 ziad ibrahim libya

send me exam

Fri, Sep 28, 2001 cliewmc kualalumpur

i hv been offered to sit the beta test f/ 71-270 (or is it 70-270) but can't get hold of any study material in the market. where can i find some study guide. help!

Thu, Sep 27, 2001 stylone newzealand

ok guys i need a hand , i got mcp+i and want to upgrade it to win2000, whast the best way to upgrade this , do an accerated one or sit randome tests
email me if ya can help me out please

Wed, Sep 26, 2001 soo-kyoung shin Korea

I want to get exam information about windows2000 professional(70-210) and windows2000 serer(70-215).

Wed, Sep 26, 2001 Rick St. Louis MO

I heard from an unknown source that you could use 3rd party exams to substitute an elective for the MCSE,
If so, can a CCNA be used in its place?

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