Free Re-Take of MCP Exams

Pearson VUE is offering a free re-take on select MCP exams to anyone who fails an exam between April 30 and June 30.

According to a recent post on Microsoft's certification newsgroups, Pearson VUE is offering a free re-take on selected exams that candidates failed to pass. The retake is good only on exams taken between April 30 and July 1 and only for U.S. candidates.

The exam list includes:

  • 70-270, Windows XP
  • 70-290, Managing Windows 2003 Server
  • 70-291, Managing a Windows 2003 Server Network
  • 70-292, MCSA Upgrade
  • 70-293, Planning a Windows 2003 Server Network
  • 70-294, Planning Windows 2003 Server Active Directory Infrastructure
  • 70-296, MCSE Upgrade
  • 70-297, Designing Windows 2003 Active Directory
  • 70-298, Designign Windows 2003 Security

The failed exam must be taken by July 30.

The offer is not posted on the Pearson VUE site, but information on the offer is available via an obscure link that can be found by clicking here. According to information at that link, eligible candidates have been asked to call Pearson VUE and ask for the "Second Shot" campaign.

Also available at that link is information on how candidates who take selected training courses can obtain a free, not-for-resale copy of Windows Server 2003.

To read the original post at the Microsoft newsgroup, click here.

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Feb 15, 2013 Shahrukh Maher mirpurkhas


Sat, Dec 24, 2005 meysam nagafi


Mon, May 9, 2005 sami UAE

it's a great idea 4 re-take the MCP exam
but it's gonna be Perfect if this offer availabe outside US ... UAE for example.

Sun, May 8, 2005 piyal dissanayake srilanka

i need pass papers of mcp exam

Fri, Mar 4, 2005 Luai U.A.E

The retake offer should be world wide ,not only in the states

Thu, Oct 21, 2004 Junie Philippines

How about here in the philippines their is a lot of graduate student here especially in the I.T. Course who wants to re-take the exam. Unfortunately the economy here is unstable, that's why we need a special discount to all candidates who failed the exam. I don't say to take it for free because it is unfair to all who pay for this kind of certification they gave their effort to passed this exam. all I need is a big discount to afford to re-take the exam.

Sat, May 15, 2004 Xui Chuang China

We are 800 million using computer. Next year 900 million. You make 40 million MCSE certificates ready for us. We will need 40 million MCSE lapel pins as well. You also need to make 100 millions study books for all exams. Please hurry.

Sat, May 15, 2004 Rasmish Bangalore, INDIA

We are wanting the free exams. The 15 million of us doing the studies for the Microsoft. We are not knowing why we are not included. It is most confusing us. The money we are having and giving to Microsoft. The free exams we are not having. 500 million of us using the computers at schooling and we are not getting the free exam. Terrible it is.

Fri, May 14, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

70-270, Windows XP

Tue, May 11, 2004 Rico Los Angeles, USA

Free exams for Mexico and Canada. Just to be fair.

Mon, May 10, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

If you want a discount outside the U.S., go to India for a 30% discount. Things cost a lot less in China, too. Microsoft is trying to pump out as many MCSE's in China as possible.

Mon, May 10, 2004 Seyed Ibrahim Irving

Could you please verify if this offer is real. The page looks fake. Why should Microsoft ask someone else to host a page?

Sun, May 9, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

I think the offer is great - I don't think this would devalue the examinations - everyone strives to be qualified in MS exams - but some of us just can't afford to go at them again and again. A free reset is better than none - I would appreciate another try (A FREE TRY)

Sat, May 8, 2004 Taiwo Adejobi

It is woeful that I failed the Beta Test of SBS early this year after a whole 12 years on Networking! The fact is that I can't believe that I really do fail that exam unless I am shown the details of it. But how great would it be if allowed to attempt it again for free!

Sat, May 8, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

It is good and bad, if people know htey will have a chance to retake it if they dont pass the first time, then they wont study as hard. I studie long and hard for all my exans and nade it through the first time. I am in favor of a reduced price instead. That way you stil got to pay and make you think about how hard your prep for it.

Fri, May 7, 2004 Technical Editor Anonymous

The free retake offer was made available so more people pursue Microsoft certification!

Fri, May 7, 2004 Anon Toronto, Canada

I don't think ONE free retake would degrade the value of MCPs. It's the boot camps and the schools that offer certification in short periods of time that take value away from MS Certifiaction. After all, higher education courses offer re-takes for a small fee. Maybe it shouldn't be free, maybe just at a reduced price - only for those who failed by a few percentage points.

Fri, May 7, 2004 Thomas Texas

This is wonderfull. Anyone who has taken a MCP exam knows that ONE free retake is all a person would need if they were really qualified. People who have been running corporations for over 10 years have a hard time passing microsoft tests. If this were to become a trend there should be a limit on the retake such as someone who made 50% or higher would be eligible.

Fri, May 7, 2004 tris Canada

Has anyone considered the possibility that cerrtain exams have "defective" questions and that this is only a one time tactic?

Fri, May 7, 2004 Adrian Amos Richmond, VA

Free retakes?! Good God, what a way to further degrade the significance of Microsoft certification! We've spent the last 5 years becoming less and less capable of relying on our certifications to impress employers and colleagues, and now to hear that any old schmo can FAIL once with NO repercussions (not even the indignity of losing the cost of the exam)? Noone will take us seriously ever again if we start down this path.

What value is then placed on the importance of "do it once, do it right"? MS certification holders are going to be regarded as slackers who are rewarded for indolence.

This is not good news. Do not mistake it for such. Microsoft should seriously consider an official reprimand for this.

Fri, May 7, 2004 Gracia Mooney Richmond, virginia

How about A plus and Net plus free retake. Is this offered?

Thu, May 6, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

YEAH! Retake should be world wide...!!!

Thu, May 6, 2004 Raj India

Why not give the opportunity for people outside US to take this exam. After all everybody pays for it. This is one step which will attract a lot of criticism from various sections of the world.

Thu, May 6, 2004 Gerard Netherlands

Such a free retake exam should also be possible for people outside the US !!!

Thu, May 6, 2004 Alan Canada

all exams should have at least one free retake option

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