Microsoft Outsources Development of MCP Exam

In a precedent-setting move, Microsoft has chosen an outside company, ACT, to develop an MCP exam.

In a precedent-setting move, Microsoft has chosen an outside company to develop an MCP exam. Few details have been released, but it is known that ACT, responsible for the ACT Assessment test for prospective college students, was the company chosen to develop the exam.

Kris Vezina, group program manager, certification and skills assessment for Microsoft, said in an email that “Microsoft is partnering with companies that will expand our exam development capabilities.”

“Microsoft sets its test-development standards very high, and ACT’s track record speaks to our ability to develop high-stakes tests for major organizations,” RickiAnn Saylor, vice president of ACT’s professional development services said in a press release. “This is our first IT certification offering, and we look forward to working with Microsoft on this project.” Neither Microsoft nor ACT would release details of what exam was being developed.

The process is still in the birthing stage, Vezina wrote. “We are currently mapping out content and have not yet assigned any development projects to ACT.” In its press release, however, ACT stated that the exam will be delivered in 2003.

Vezina also said the decision isn’t a sign of trouble within the certification division at Microsoft. “The MCP Program is outsourcing development of content to extend our exam development capabilities.” Other companies are also involved in developing exam content, including The Chauncey Group, BrainCore.Net and International Trade and Development Group (ITDG). None has responsibility for an entire test, though.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Oct 29, 2003 Sreedhar Reddy Bangalore

Can you please let me know the fee structure of MCSE exam. Also mail me how many papers we have to take to get MCSE certified. Mail me as soon as possible.

Sat, Feb 15, 2003 tushar mumbai

Sir,can u plz. give me the list of exams wich are totally related to ASP.Because i am interested to appear for any of the ASP exams.

Wed, Dec 25, 2002 anil chandigarh(india)

sir i want to know about latest fee structrue for MCSE exam wheather it is going to increase or not.

Sat, Nov 16, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

windows sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thu, Nov 14, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

will the certificate still carry the same weight in the industry, or how will this affect the certification.

Thu, Sep 26, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Outsourcing exam creation at Microsoft is nothing new. MS has been working with partners since at least begining of last year on developing exam questions.

Thu, Sep 26, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

There is no XP server. The next server version is named Windows .NET 2003. The version coming out after that, in 2005, is code named Longhorn and will include a desktop and server release.

Wed, Sep 25, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

To Rakesh: MCP exams are $125 USD at present. The pricing was increased in January, 2002, but rate increases are not a regularly scheduled thing, so who knows if or when the price will increase again.

Tue, Sep 24, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

I have an XP Laptop (Sony VAIO), have used it for a year so far, it hasn't crashed once.

Mon, Sep 23, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Xp is Microsofts best creation for the workstation, since win95.

Mon, Sep 23, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

I think Xp is better than 2000... XP holds up well with Mac OS and LInux, though alot has changed... MY XP has not crashed yet..... and the Hibernate function is very usefull. Microsoft go ahead and keep on working on XP Server... I think it would be in your best interest.... 2000 was great but it crashes..

Mon, Sep 23, 2002 Frederick Beacham Anonymous

I think thats A good idea...
Maybe the industry will recognize the Cert. a little better. Do you think Xp server will comeout,or will Xp be just for workstations...?

Thu, Sep 19, 2002 rakesh patna

i want to know that, fee structure of MCSE Exam at latest, someone told me fee of exam is incresed after few month
plz repaly email for confermation

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