This is Just A test!
Transcender's SQL-DesignCert 8.0 proves worthy
I started my career as a Microsoft Certified Professional in 1994, well
before the simulation exams and study guides (which are now so commonplace)
even existed. Do I consider myself more qualified than someone who had
access to study guides and simulation exams? Absolutely not. Sure I had
to study hard and practice the exam disciplines, but you still need to
do that today. My MCSE or MCDBA are no more different than yours. Certification
is about demonstrating a level of knowledge in a particular technology.
I say use whatever tools help you gain that knowledge, and Transcender's
SQL-DesignCert v8.0 is excellent for assisting you in your SQL studies.
Transcender is one of the older simulation exam providers; at least it's
the first supplier I ever heard of. It has released many versions of simulations
exams, improving the features and functionality of both the testing engine
and the exam content. The quality of the questions in the Transcender
products are excellent, as they accurately match the type and difficulty
of questions Microsoft will be asking in the actual exam. My biggest complaint
about sample exams was they didn't help you study; rather, they allowed
you to see what an exam would look like. The exam told you whether the
question was right or wrong and scored you at the end. You were never
told why you got the question wrong, just that it was wrong and here is
the right answer. You could run through the exam several times, and each
time you would get the same questions; eventually you would memorize the
questions and get them all right. Thinking you were a star, you booked
your exam-maybe you passed, maybe you didn't.
Transcender has changed this model by including several useful learning
features. Transcender offers three full exams in this version of SQL-DesignCert
v8.0, which makes memorizing the questions much more difficult. It also
offers the ability to create custom exams, which allows you select questions
in areas which you know you have difficulty, instead of wasting time on
something you know cold. Also, you can have the program create a random
exam from all available questions. In addition, when you review the questions
you get wrong, the product provides an explanation of each possible answer,
not just the correct one. This allows you to learn why you got it. If
the brief explanation Transcender includes isn't sufficient, it provides
references to the SQL books online and the Microsoft Official Curriculum
courses for more in-depth review.
The user interface is easy to use and simulates the test environment
quite well. It's not exact, but Transcender uses the same style of questions
and differences won't bother someone who has written an online exam before.
Transcender also allows the product to sit in a corporate environment
in which an administrator can offer the exam to several employees and
keep track of their progress. This is an excellent feature to determine
if all the money you're spending on training is paying off.
The one thing Transcender is missing in its simulation is the pressure
of losing $100 an exam if you fail, but I suppose that's why we want simulations
before you open your wallet.
I have written about 30 Microsoft certification exams in my career; if
I had tools like Transcender when I started I'm sure the several months
of prep I needed for an exam in the early days would have been shortened
to weeks. Good luck!
About the Author
Stewart Cawthray, MCSE, ITIL Service Manager, is an IT management consultant for Hewlett-Packard.