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Performance-Based Testing Flies Into Pilot Phase

Microsoft offers up version of exam that tests new performance-based questions covering Active Directory implementation with Windows Server 2008.

Microsoft turns performance-based testing up a notch with twist: an exam with question types that you answer by working within an emulated environment. According to a blog post from Microsoft Learning marketing communications team member Trika Harms zum Spreckel that provides loads of detail on the new performance-based tests, the new exam type differs from simulations in that the environment that you're being tested on is a working environment, and the task you're asked to perform may be done using several different paths, rather than a prescribed or recommendeded route that's often hard-coded into a simulation.

Microsoft is introducing the new emulation question types in a new "pilot phase" exam that's available today. Pilot Exam 70-113: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring is free, much like a beta. What's different here is that the pilot exam isn't scored and is used mainly to identify potential problems in the exam experience (from transmission and delivery of tests to test center capabilities) in an actual test center environment. Those taking the pilot exam will also have to take and pass the live exam upon general release.

The pilot exam runs to Sept, 12, 2008 at Prometric testing centers only. According to the blog post, Microsoft will provide a free exam voucher to the first 3,000 exam candidates who successfully register and take the exam. For details and to get a code for taking the exam, click here.

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Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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