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Vista Exams Go Back to Beta Testing

Microsoft delays release of some of its new-generation MCP exams for Vista in favor of retesting; exam 70-624 gets a Valentine's Day debut.

According to the most recently issued MCP Newsflash, Microsoft's Learning Group has decided to put a few of its new-generation MCP exams for Vista back into development phase. Affected are exams for the IT Professional level certifications: 70-621 Pro: Upgrading your MCDST Certification to MCITP Enterprise Support; 70-622 Pro: Microsoft Desktop Support-Enteprise; and 70-623 Pro: Microsoft Desktop Support-Consumer.

"In the interest of maintaining the quality of Microsoft Certifications ... we need to add content" to those exams, said the group in the e-mail.

Exam 70-621 was originally beta tested between Dec. 20, 2006 and Jan. 12. 2007, with availability originally slated for late January. Exam 70-623 originally went under the beta microscope between Jan. 26 and Feb. 8.

According to the exam objective guides, these exams will head back into test development, with betas spanning March and April. The exams are expected to go live in May, according to the MCP Newsflash.

Unaffected by the delay is exam 70-620, which was generally available mid-January (see "First Windows Vista Exam Now Live" in the News archive).

On another note, Exam 70-624 makes its debut on Valentine's Day. The exam isn't for the fainthearted, though, with Microsoft recommending candidates for the exam to have expertise managing desktop deployments and migrations using many of the business deployment tools Microsoft provides in Vista, as well as its Business Desktop Deployment Workbench and Application Compatibility Toolkit. Those who pass the exam immediately earn the MCTS: Deploying and Maintaining Vista Client and Office System 2007 Desktops certification.

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Fri, Mar 2, 2007 Anonymous Anonymous

You will...
Your first beta exams will be scored based on the results of the second beta (i.e. the final scoring model will be based on the re-engineered exams) and will be available in late May 2007. Because results from the first beta are dependent on the outcomes of the second, you will not have your results before the second beta takes place. You are not obligated to re-take the beta, but choosing to do so may increase your chances of a passing result on the final scoring model, which will include additional components.
• If you take the second beta, your first results will be dismissed; you will only be scored on your second result. See below for how to participate.
• If you do not take the second beta, you will receive a score for the exam you have already taken. If it is a passing score, you will receive credit for the exam on your transcript. No action required.
• In either case, Microsoft will provide you with an exam voucher should you need or choose to re-take the exam in its live form.

Mon, Feb 19, 2007 Anonymous Anonymous

Usually when you fail an exam you get a score report to see where your weak areas are. It would be nice if we could atleast get one for this exam.

Thu, Feb 15, 2007 Anonymous Anonymous

Those of use who took the "first beta" exam took it so we didn't have to take the exam again. So we all failed by no fault of our own.

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