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70-680 Smashed it!!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by BigG, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. BigG

    BigG Nibble Poster

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    Long time no post, but I feel the need to bragg to people who understand what I'm on about (non-techies just don't understand...)

    Did the Win7 Confuguring exam (70-680) exam and got a rather respectable 850/900 :biggrin not bad for a first attempt.

    For those who are interested it took me 4 months to study for and I only used the MS-Press book and the MS Technet site.

    To help those studying for this exam, I put in a lot of work over 4 months and this is what I did.

    1. Studied (not read) the book cover to cover and took about an hour per chapter to ensure that everything sank in.
    2. Did all the tests and scenarios and made sure I understood why I got things wrong.
    3. Made notes from the book. Lots of them.
    4. Spend on average 1 1/2 hours a night studying (I did have a bit of a life, but not much)
    5. Did the tests on the CD again and again ensuring that I understood why I failed certain q's.
    6. When I felt almost confident - I booked the exam. This gave me more focus and also an "end date" to look forward to.

    Tips for exam takers
    I focused mainly on the Deploying sections and the new features of windows 7, however the exam was not as heavy in those areas as I thought.
    One thing I didn't revise much was how to navigate to certain options so I'd advise anyone to have a good look around Win7 learn how to get to things and which tab they are under or options within Win7 standard programs. I got a few curve balls in the exam, things that are barely mentioned in the book but you need to know (readyboost and IE explorer specific)

    G
     
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  2. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Major congrats on the pass:thumbleft

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  3. Bluerinse
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    Well done mate 8)
     
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  4. ChrisH1979

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    Congrats :) Just working my way through the MS Press book now.
     
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  5. purana

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    Nice work. I enjoyed doing 70-680. The MS Press book is quite good for this exam.
     
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  6. simonp83

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    I actually hated the ms press book, to many errors and to many bits that were missing from the book that were in the exam.
     
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  7. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Congrats!
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    You got an 850... but not out of 900. It is widely believed (though not confirmed by Microsoft) that 1000 is a perfect score for Microsoft exams.

    Still, any score at 700 or above is respectable - a pass is a pass. Congrats!
     
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  9. BigG

    BigG Nibble Poster

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    20+ pages of errors did not fill me with confidence when I started - especially when the "experts" got the minimum specs wrong! :rolleyes:- They must have rushed this book out in my opinion
     
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  10. BigG

    BigG Nibble Poster

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    I have heard that a Top score is a MS way of catching cheats as this is impossible to achieve without cheating - but thats only a rumour I hard on the net (so it must be true) :)


    Cheers for all the congrats everyone!

    G
     
    Certifications: BSc, Prince2 Practitioner, MCSA Win7, MCSA 2008
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  11. BosonMichael
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    I can neither confirm nor deny this rumour. :ninja

    That said, that wouldn't be the only weapon in their arsenal for catching braindumpers... I just wish they'd employ those weapons more often!
     
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