Vista Exam Redo Starts Next Week
Microsoft plans to retest two Vista exams, 70-621 and 70-622, that were originally beta tested in January and February this year.
Beginning next week, Microsoft plans to retest two Vista exams, 70-621
and 70-622, that were originally beta tested in January and February this
year. According to an e-mail notification sent to beta candidates of those
exams, Microsoft "errantly left out" coverage of some topics
that were listed on its exam objective domain.
Rob Linsky, senior product manager with Microsoft Learning, clarified
through an e-mail response that the second beta will add "coverage
on supporting and troubleshooting applications (including 2007 Microsoft
Office System) on Windows Vista."
Exam 71-622 PRO: Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Vista
Client for Enterprise Support Technicians gets retested March 16, with
beta registration opening up on March 9. Exam 71-621: Upgrading MCDST
to an MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician will be retested beginning
March 22, with registration opening on March 16. Both exams are slated
for May release.
The retest is an unprecedented move by Microsoft and a few candidates,
who provided the original e-mail note from Microsoft to MCPmag.com, expressed
some unhappiness with the decision.
"They should have offered testers an option with scoring and certification
based upon the first versions only," said one tester who asked to
remain anonymous, "and seeded the missing questions into later updates."
Another tester said he didn't like to have to retest, but said the note
gave "some insight into the integrity of [Microsoft's] quality control."
According to the notification, Microsoft is allowing candidates to take
the second beta. Doing so would wipe away the results of the first beta
exam. Testers who opt not to take the second beta will have the first
beta scored against the scoring method used for the second beta. Those
who took the first beta will also receive an exam voucher that can be
used for any Vista exams, as an apology from Microsoft "for this
Michael Domingo is executive editor of MCPmag.com and hosts the Redmond Radio podcasts.