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70-270 or 70-271 ??

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by demarrer, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. demarrer

    demarrer Byte Poster

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    Hi,

    I'm looking at a next certificate... is it worth studying for the client exams 70-271 or the 70-270?

    before I get clicking on amazon to get the books I was wondering what peoples experiences are:were of these exams.

    Cheers for any thoughts.
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Yes it is worth going for a client exam, however which one to do depends on what you currently do. If you do not work in IT and do not have any experience with MS exams, then I would recommend doing the MCDST route which would entail these exams (70-271 & 70-272).

    -Ken
     
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  3. zimbo
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    i have done both the 270 and MCDST exams (271 ans 272) - and agree with Ken if your experience is not much then start with the MCDST but mind you i went 270 first and then made the MCDST look like a walk in the park but i did have some 1st line experience when i took the 270 so it kinda helped but MCDST is for you!! :biggrin
     
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  4. Big_nath

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    Hi, as above. the only upside to doing 270 would be that it counts towards MCSA/MCSE. I don't think 271 can, might be wrong though.
     
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  5. Qs

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    The collective exams required for the MCDST (70-271 and 70-272) count as an elective towards the MCSA. See here
     
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  6. Big_nath

    Big_nath Kilobyte Poster

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    Ah cool, thanks wasn't sure.
     
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  7. demarrer

    demarrer Byte Poster

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    Cheers for the replies. I've got about 4 months in second line support now in a microsoft XP/ cisco switches/routers environment now(I'm the sole technician for an office of about 150)

    I was thinking along the same lines as you guys about doing the 270 to give me a strong client certificate as well as consolidating what I know about the OS.

    I'm finding that I have to go back to the books as I'm starting to find that I'm not encountering new problems in second line. Is it possible to use studying for certs as a way to progress once you are in an IT job?
     
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  8. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Of course it is - employers appreciate honesty and stating that you're currently studying towards a certification in your CV doesn't hurt your chances you know? :)

    From personal experience -

    Prior to HND certification - Crap wage
    Interim - Employer promised to increase wage upon successfully completion
    After obtaining HND - Not so crap wage
     
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