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Like Windows Vista, Exam Almost Here (But Not Quite)

Preliminary information on new Windows Vista exam numbered 70-620 appears on Pearson Vue testing site this week.

You knew it was coming: A new exam for Windows Vista has appeared on the Pearson Vue site. The information seems preliminary for now, as there is no listed date for beta availability, which is a good indication that the exam still percolates in development at the Redmond campus. (Microsoft makes no comments on exams in development.)

Here's what information we can glean so far: The exam will be entitled "70-620 TS: Windows Vista Configuring." Confirmation of the name can be found elsewhere, in the form of a book already in the works at Sybex, MCTS: Windows Vista Client Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-620, by James Chellis (ISBN, 0470108819, MSRP $49.99). (Availability of the book is expected in February 2007, but it's already listed on several retail sites, including Amazon.com and Bookpool.com.) Based on earlier interviews with Microsoft's Learning Group, the exam price will likely remain at $125 here in the U.S.

It's expected that Microsoft will make any formal announcements regarding Windows Vista-based MCTS and MCITP certifications when Windows Vista makes its official debut. Vista is expected to be released to manufacturing in several weeks.

For more on Windows Vista, see the News links on Redmond magazine's Windows Client portal page.

To view the listing for Exam 70-620, you'll need to log in to the Pearson Vue testing site.

[Editor's Note: Thanks to alert reader Larry West for alerting MCPmag.com to the existence of the exam on the Pearson Vue 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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Tue, Nov 14, 2006 LarryWestMCSD Louisville, KY

Unfortunately, I missed the exam because my mother-in-law was in the hospital with a stroke and I was unable to reschedule it.

Tue, Nov 7, 2006 WarwickJames Sydney

Just got back from the exam. 56 questions, very straightforward. The prep guide is on the nail with only one drag-n-drop. An easy exam, much like 70-270

Tue, Oct 31, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Thanks! It works!

Tue, Oct 31, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

BET631

Mon, Oct 30, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Anyone know promotion code for 70-630 or 70-631 ??

Mon, Oct 30, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

did not function

Mon, Oct 30, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Try BTA620 at VUE for 71-630 and 71-631

Mon, Oct 30, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

What promotion code of the 71-630 and 71-631?

Sun, Oct 29, 2006 Anonymous Canada

Just book the exam via VUE on 11/10/2006. (last day available for delivery at my exam center). The exam code for Prometric is working for VUE too. Anyone know how to study or prepare for this exam ?

Please advise here.

Fri, Oct 27, 2006 LarryWestMCSD Louisville, KY

Anonymous: Microsoft allocates a certain number of beta exams to each test vendor. If Prometric was full, try Pearson Vue (or vice-versa). Pearson Vue just listed the 71-630 and 71-631 SharePoint configuring exams. Perhaps you can get in on those.

Wed, Oct 25, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

I tried to use the promo code mentioned above but it says the maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Does anyone know any other codes for this?

Tue, Oct 24, 2006 Cesare Italy

If anyone has docs such as preview study guide for 070-620 or somenthing similar pls just drop on my @ . Thks in advance

Tue, Oct 24, 2006 Thor Norway

Good luck!

Mon, Oct 23, 2006 WarwickJames Sydney

I also managed to book an exam, in Sydney, Australia, using the BTA620 promotion code. Worked a treat. I'm looking forward to sitting my 24th M$ exam. LOL

Mon, Oct 23, 2006 LarryWestMCSD Louisville, KY

I was able to sign up for it this afternoon [Mon. 23 Oct.] through Prometric. Beta dates are apparently Oct. 31 through Nov. 13th. Promotion code used was BTA620. Preparation Guide still not posted on Microsoft. Anyone care to help start a study group? Good luck to all.

Sat, Oct 21, 2006 Cesare Italy

The exam is not available for delivery and i'm unable to register for it. It's just listed

Fri, Oct 20, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

and how do you get the premotion code?

Fri, Oct 20, 2006 LarryWestMCSD Louisville, KY

Cesare [or anyone else]: Were you able to sign up for it? When I tried it, on the calendar page it wouldn't give me any of the times to take the exam. Beta exams are always listed as $125, but revert to free when you enter the promotion code at check-out time.

Fri, Oct 20, 2006 cesare italy

seems that the Vista Exam posted on Vue website is 071-620 and the price is USD 125.00

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