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Lucky Number 7 for Next-Gen .NET Exams

Microsoft exams soon to be flying out of testing centers worldwide...well, at least for those of you interested in getting certified under the next-generation MCP exams for .NET experts.

Microsoft is expected to release no less than seven next-generation MCP exams for .NET experts this Friday, May 26. Four of the exams are key for MCAD- and MCSD-to-MCPD upgraders. Registration for these exams is currently open at Pearson Vue and Thomson Prometric testing centers worldwide.

Two of the exams being released target MCAD titleholders who want to upgrade to the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer certification:

According to information on the Microsoft Learning Web site, MCADs can pass one of these exams in lieu of having to pass the three exams needed to fulfill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer: .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications or MCPD: Windows Applications.

Also newly released are two exams aimed at MCSD upgraders:

MCSDs need to pass both exams to achieve MCPD: Enterprise Applications Developer status, bypassing the five exams needed through normal methods.

The other three exams are aimed at candidates taking the normal path to .NET certification:

Exam 70-547 counts toward the MCPD: Web Applications title; exam 70-548 counts toward MCPD: Windows Applications. Candidates for those titles still need to pass two exams to obtain MCTS status prior to Microsoft issuing the MCPD designations. Exam 70-549 is one of five exams needed to fulfill the MCPD: Enterprise Applications Developer title using the traditional path.

All exams are about $125 in the U.S.

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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:

Sun, Jun 11, 2006 suchi Anonymous

Hi friends, Any one have preparation materials or any preparation guide for for the exam 70-552,70-553,70-554,70-551. Thanks in advance

Wed, May 31, 2006 AnonaMoose Canada

Since the MCPD: Enterprise Applications Developer doesn't encapsulate the other two credentials would someone actually require all four upgrade exams to have all three credentials. The three appear to be peer credentials not the MCAD upgrades being lower on the totem pole. Anyone know. The exam objectives seem to be heavily overlapped between the MCAD upgrade exams and the MCSD upgrade exams.

Mon, May 29, 2006 Michael Domingo Irvine

Sorry about that, tim and abdo! The story has been corrected. As for retirements, Microsoft also has told us that retirements will only come as technologies are retired. Since Visual Studio 6's extended lifecycle support here in the U.S., is in 2008, don't expect an announcement soon until about a year after that (unless product support is extended yet again at that time).

Mon, May 29, 2006 Abdo GHamlouch

i notice that 70-553 and 70-552 are required to upgrade from MCSD to MCPD but i think the correct is 70-553 and 70-554!! need answer if these information is correct or not!

Fri, May 26, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Old MCSD.NET exams are not scheduled for retirement yet. When they do, MS will give 1 year notice before they actually retire.

Thu, May 25, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

What about the current MCSD.NET exams, are they scheduled for retirement?

Thu, May 25, 2006 Tim Anonymous

MCSD Upgrade exams are listed incorrectly in the article:

"70-553 UPGRADE: MCSD .NET Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework: Part 1
70-552 UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Windows Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework "

Second exam actually is 70-554 UPGRADE: MCSD Microsoft .NET Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework: Part 2

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