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Beta Testing of Desktop OS Exam 70-271 Nov. 3

New exam for MCDST gets beta tested from Nov. 3 through Nov. 10.

Just announced weeks ago, Exam 70-271: Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Windows XP Operating System, is expected to be beta tested from November 3 to November 10; Exam 70-272, Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications on a Windows XP Operating System, will be beta tested from November 14 to November 20. Both exams are listed online on the VUE registration site.

Exam 70-271, numbered 71-271 while in beta, is aimed at those who offer on-site, phone, or remote support to users of Microsoft's Windows XP Home and Professional Editions. According to the exam objective guide, candidates should also have working knowledge of workgroup computing or Active Directory domains. The exam is one of two core offerings that must be passed to obtain the new Microsoft Certified Desktop Technician Certification, which Microsoft announced in mid-October. (To read the details about the new title, read "Desktop Tech Cert Sees Light of Day" in the News archive or click here.)

Microsoft has indicated that the exam will also be an elective option under the MCSA/MCSE on Windows 2003 tracks, but, as of this posting, the exam still hasn't been added to the requirements lists for those titles.

As a beta exam, 70-271 will be free to qualified candidates who are typically chosen among subscribers of Microsoft's MCP Newsflash. (Click here to read about the exam beta process or to find out how to subscribe to MCP Newsflash.)

Click here to read the Exam 70-271 objective guide; Click here for 70-271. Click here to view the MCDST requirements guide. Click here to go to the VUE test registration site.

About the Author

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:

Fri, Dec 26, 2003 slimak Poland

I think this exams is a very good idea.

Sat, Nov 15, 2003 another mcp Anonymous

yes, after beta test, if you past, you are automatically certified

Fri, Nov 14, 2003 Someone Arizona

If we pass the beta test, are we considered certified?

Wed, Nov 12, 2003 Tom New Jersey

I'm registered for this test and my company does some help desk work. I received the information through my company, however search around, the code to take the exam for free is floating around the internet! (Fatwallet)

Sun, Nov 9, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I'm taking the exam sponsored by prometric for a first mcp exam, 70-271. It's available to anyone, I beleive.

Tue, Nov 4, 2003 MCP Anonymous

That is the only way you get invited to take Beta exams, is if you are MCP and have signed up on the MCP site.

Sun, Nov 2, 2003 Technical Editor Anonymous

My point was, if you are MCP certified, you will not be invited to participate in these beta exams!

Sat, Nov 1, 2003 Vishnu Anonymous

Hello Mr.TE,
Please dont post information about which u r not too sure. I am an MCP and going to be an MCSD.NET and am willing to take these exams.
These beta exams will not only help us getting certified but also help MS make them better.

Fri, Oct 31, 2003 Joe Washington

I think this is great! I'll bet that anybody that has the money to pay for the test will be able to take it. Just relax everybody. What a great idea! I'm a Desktop Support lead and would interview anybody who has this cert...that is when we have openings. ;-)

Fri, Oct 31, 2003 Bill OR

Doesn't really matter what Mr TE says. It's really up to you. I feel the more test i take, the more marketable i become. Not all employers look at these test. It's all on how you market yourself. I have MCSE MCP MCP+I Network Plus & A + cert...2 more can't hurt.

Fri, Oct 31, 2003 Audrey Benson Michigan

That is not fair at all. Here is something that maybe those of us with MCP certs can take and possibility... get a job. I already have certs and no job because I do not have the experience for the type of certs I have (MCSE,CCA, or CCNA). This could be a good leading in the door and see if one wants to specialize in help desk or go on.

Thu, Oct 30, 2003 hmmm Anonymous

If the MCPs are over qualified to take these exams who is MR.Technical Editor ?some special users?!PLEACE ANSWER ME!!!

Thu, Oct 30, 2003 Steve Brewster

MS said in the webcast that the beta would be offered exclusively to those currently working for MS-affiliated helpdesk centers.

Thu, Oct 30, 2003 Technical Editor Anonymous

If you are certified MCP or greater, you are over qualified to take these exams!

Thu, Oct 30, 2003 Goran Anonymous

Anyone knows the exam testing number?! those who are accomodate to taste this test from Microsoft!!!

Tue, Oct 28, 2003 Maddog Israel

Heh, cool

I sent microsoft a mail asking to participate in these exams - Does anyone know if they typically accomodate such requests?

I am subscribed to their newsletter and I am an MCP.

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