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Exam Score Reports Are Back!

Based on customer feedback, Microsoft will provide graphical reports to examinees.

Count score reports among the latest change of many that Microsoft has introduced—or, in this case, reintroduced—into the MCP program. According to an FAQ posted on its Web site, Microsoft will be reissuing score reports to examinees at the end of tests. The score reports will be issued for the new Windows 2003 exams that go live on Thursday, but Microsoft hopes to provide them for all exams by the end of September.

According the FAQ, the score report will include "a numerical score and a bar graph for each skill section of the exam." The skills that show up on the report will correlate with the ones that Microsoft publishes on the exam objectives guides.

The FAQ further explains that Microsoft has developed an exam scale with a minimum passing score of 700; the maximum will continue to vary depending on several factors, including exam duration, question complexity, and other psychometric measurements.

Microsoft at one time issued simple score reports, which listed numerical scores by section, for exams early on in the program. The company decided to omit numerical scores in June 2000, when it was introducing its Windows 2000 exams (see "New Score Reports Debut in June" in the News archive, or click here to read it). The company says it is reissuing the improved score reports based on customer feedback.

Score reports are just one of several changes to be implemented in the program; Microsoft says that exam question types will be introduced in the new exams. Also, in June Microsoft added a specialist designation to its MCSA and MCSE titles.

To read the FAQ, click here.

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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:

Sat, Jan 2, 2010 vikas kanpur india

TEMPORARY ACCESS CODE IS: BDAA2393-F91D-4B42-9DA4-3AE3F2F95482 Microsoft Certification ID number is: 6727051 sir i have lost my access code & mcp(70-290) score report pls send me

Sat, Jan 2, 2010 vikas kanpur

Microsoft Certification ID number is: 6727051 my TEMPORARY ACCESS CODE IS: BDAA2393-F91D-4B42-9DA4-3AE3F2F95482 pls sent my exam score report and access code

Mon, Nov 10, 2003 amer india

i can't open the site www.microsoft.com/authenticate to know the report of mcp exam

Mon, Nov 10, 2003 amer india

i can't open the site www.microsoft.com/authenticate to know the report of mcp exam

Fri, Sep 26, 2003 Leon Anonymous

Doesn't make a difference. Ultimately you either pass or fail. Tests are tests, real world is real world and despite what MS claims, never the twain shall meet.

Thu, Sep 18, 2003 Omori Brazil

So, if I take my 70-210 exam in October, should I receive a score report with the minimum passing score in it ???

Wed, Aug 27, 2003 Derek Chilton WI

I am glad the scoring is back. I think that they help you better prepare for retakes if they are needed. I am also glad to see the scores return for the first time test takers... I think it will reflect how much they know and dont know when first taking an MS exam

Tue, Aug 26, 2003 Monir Bangladesh

Satisfied! At least this is going to show the real talent. If two people both hold a same certificate with the pass/fail format, the employer can't see the one with the real talent or the one with the better skills.
But the difficulty is to use only the First Name and Last Name. Please use First Name, Middle Name and Last Name. Thank you.

Sat, Aug 23, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Certifiable! Wake Up! Learn to read! Phil wants to know what his weak points are. The new reports will tell him that.

Thu, Aug 21, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

You mean you failed and you don't know which area you had trouble with? Doh! Obviously you were weak in a number of areas or you would have passed. And you should have some idea of that without them telling you. I think pass fail is fine.

Wed, Aug 20, 2003 MCSD MD

I don't care what anybody here sais but I'm happy to hear score reports are back!. I think they help one one way or the other (Maybe not to all of you as far as I can see) improve in a specific area before taking the exam a second time. Knowing also that the second time you take an exam it won't contan the exact same questions. I also want to make clear that I haven't failed so far any of my MCP exams, but in the case I fail in the future I'm sure scores will help me pass the next time.

Tue, Aug 19, 2003 Iam Anonymous

Can't microsoft make up it's mind on anything? At least stand by your decesions. I failed 70-215 the first time and a score sheet would have helped me know which areas i needed to study.

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 im from barnsley 2 barnsley

yeh only Geeks need 2 know WHATS MY Score am i top of class ... these tend to fall flat on their faces when common sense is needed to resolve situations..

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 iain Barnsley

Scores mean nothing .. Pass or fail is enough .. you will meet problems in every day networking that are never on the exam passing the exam is the start of learning .. practice not scores..

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Now you will be able to tell how well the braindump paid off.

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 anonymous Anonymous

rumor is there is soong going to be a hands for MSCE ... along the lines of CCIE that cisco has... but it won't be handled by Microsoft...

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

you at MS are too good ! how do you do it? is there a cert to become like you guys?

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

i am ... call me at MS HelpDesk ! ask for the dumbo who released a patch for a worm virus that causes MS Office to stop responding :)

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

is anyone renting a cow for the week?

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

aye aye aye....

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

how cares about this !!!!
beautifull i done the exam and i got 1000 !!!!
perfect do me a tracert... then
What you don´t know !!!
pass/fail its fine the only thing that we should know is the minimum score that you need to pass

Sat, Aug 16, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Exam scores should be only available on screen not on print to avoid company manager to choose people base on there certs and score card which is not fair at all.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Patrick again RI

Sorry, I mean Employers can't tell the one with talent and skills in networking (solutions) from the one with test taking skills and talent.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Anonymous Maryland

I agree with Certifiable. It really should not matter if you get a score or not. Study it ALL and practice it ALL. Besides, if you get a score and only study your weaker areas, when you retest, you may get questions in areas you didn't study and just fail again!

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 patrick RI

Employers still can't see the one with the real talent from the one with the skills. braindumps have proved that unfortunately. The one with the skills will be the one that has worked with the product, upgraded it, integrated it, and implemented it into a hybrid network-real world. Not the all OS are developed by Microsoft exam knowledge world. Wake up, get a job that teaches you something. And screw exams unless you need to keep or get a job.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

become a mime, i like that...

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Too many changes are not good, like the operating systems they have.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 YSC Anonymous

I believe MCSE certification should have a lab exam, like Cisco's CCIE. The lab will cut down a lot of paper MCSEs.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Doug Anonymous

You either pass it or fail it. High scores means you test well, not that you can do anything to the network. The sections are also silly as everyone studies the sections that they failed and ignore the rest, only to get hit with a different pool of questions. Study to ace every part and you will pass. worry about scores and sections is a waste of ram. MCSE NT4, 2000, MCT, CCSI, CCNA, CUSA, CUSE. (Think I may have some experiance?)

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Terrence Brooklyn

Thank You!!!! I look forward to actually how good or how bad I do in my future exams. I like seeing where I'm weak, and where I'm strong.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Grover Syck Cincinnati

The next change I would like to see is removal of the "propaganca"questions.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Certifiable..have you taken the exams? Do you think they test you on usable knowledge? It's always been...there is a right answer and a Microsoft answer. Take the 216 and tell me that you passed it because you know how to configure a network, which is how indepth??...Not very. People that have been in the feild for years fail the exams because they aren't hands on and can be very obscure. Only people that say they are easy and if you know how to set up a network you will pass are the ones that braindump.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 brayogee Kenya

Fair enough.This is what should have remained in the first place.It's only fair you know your weak points and work on them if you paid for the exam..thats of course if you didn't get 1000!

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Discouraged Anonymous

Finally they got one right. I wonder who decided to remove reports in the first place.
Who the heck is taking these decisions at MS? Why can't they just make up their minds. I find they are messing up the few things they've got right and making new wrong choices.
I seriously doubt they are capable of doing their jobs. Or maybe they just don't care...?
Took 71-297. Beta Win2003 AD design. 6 testlet cases in a seriously bugged test interface and ridiculous new format. I actually wanted to rip my arm off and hit someone (from MS) with it before the first testing hour passed.

Too little time to read, too much sh#t to analyze, and even worse, time is limited for each testlet. Now you have the opportunity to fail ALL the testlets instead of just one. Lucky thing this was a Beta... Lets see what happens...

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Scott Spiess Roseville, Ca

Its about time. Microsoft get a clue and pay attention to your customers.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Certifiable I respectfully disagree. On one exam I took I failed and when I saw the score report and discovered I missed by 1 question. I was able to call from a phone on site and schedule a test within minutes and I did retake the exam and this time I passed with a 900. I knew the material but I obvously made some dumb mistakes. I think the score feedback gives the test taker a feel for how close they are to knowing the material, and I can say the second exam was much harded and carried extra pressure with the having to wait three weeks to take it agian if I did not pass. As far as how the scores reflect i the real world I agree. My MCSE is the same as the person who aced all the exams.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

At least this is going to show the real talent.
If two people both hold a MCSA/MCSE with the pass/fail format, the employer can't see the one with the real talent or the one with the better skills.

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Certifiable Anonymous

Phil!
Wake Up! your inability to pass an exam does not hinder on a pass/fail system. Why would knowing your score make a difference as to you retaking the exam?
Obviously, you didn't know enough to pass, Study it ALL and practice! Build a network, take a class, forget about a score.
On the job, if your network takes a hit...are you going to respond to your users with..."but I got a 780 on the Active Directory exam"?
A score report doesn't matter!
Grow up and forget about IT! Become a Mime! Far less whinning!

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Eduardo Brazil

So Good !!!

Thu, Aug 14, 2003 Phil V Austin, Texas

I stopped taking exams from MS when they went to pass/fail format. Now , at least I have some referance of my weak points on the exams. I will now start taking exams again.I have only the 70-218, and 1 elective to achive the MCSA certification. For once, thank you MS. Although they should allow me to retake the failed exams (2), in the pass/fail format.

Thu, Aug 14, 2003 Clyde Portland, OR

Some people would complain about MS no matter what they did. I suppose you think it is unfair that they came out with an upgrade exam or that they felt that score reports were important. Quite frankly Microsoft is doing just fine, maybe you should learn to work with it instead of complaining about it

Thu, Aug 14, 2003 Tormentius Vancouver, BC

Its good to see that they're listening to their MCPs and bringing back the scores.

Thu, Aug 14, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

shut up

Thu, Aug 14, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

it's about time that MS is going to listen to the people that promote their software!

Thu, Aug 14, 2003 MCP candidate everywhere

What a joke! First MS said that eliminating the score reports would protect exam integrity and now says that they are back because of customer 's feedback. If MS would have really listened to us then it would have implemented a hands on test. Patching the certification program like this ain't gonna make it.

Wed, Aug 13, 2003 Keith Anonymous

Perfect! I here I am scheduled to take 70-300 tomorrow. Hopefully I'll pass and it will not matter.

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