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70-682 upgrade exam (from MCDST)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by fliquid, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. fliquid

    fliquid Nibble Poster

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    I've seen quite a few people (who work in tech support) with the MCDST cert who have gotten the 70-680, is this just a personal preference or is there another reason why you wouldn't do the 70-682?

    I understand that studying for the 682 would involve reading up on the 680 AND 685, is that another reason why people prefer to just do the 680?

    Apologies for the n00bness.
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    In my case, i did the beta 71-682 when it came out and failed. I did the 70-680 & 70-685 individually as I was given a free 70-680 exam voucher (when MS did a promo and it only worked with the 70-680).

    Others may decide to do the exams individually simply due to the fact that the MCITP: ESDT7 (whether it's the upgrade exams of the exams individually) is alot harder than the MCDST, even though it's the replacement of it. This way the individual can concentrate on each exam(s) separately.

    -Ken
     
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  3. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    Wagnerk's second paragraph sums up my reasons nicely.
     
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  4. fliquid

    fliquid Nibble Poster

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    Ahh, ok.

    Makes sense, thanks.
     
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  5. Qs

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    It's as the guys say - it's more work as it's two exams in one (ala 70-621 for Vista). Plus 70-685 is for medium to very large enterprises and so covers different topics.

    In addition, when the 70-682 was originally released Microsoft didn't make clear (or show on any of their resources - website, cert planner etc) that it counted for 70-680 in all certification paths until September of last year.

    Personally, I did the 70-682, passed (just - mid 700s), and then did the 70-680 a week or so later because I also had a free exam voucher through Microsoft's early bird promotion.

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  6. Modey

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    It's certainly good value in that you get an MCTS (the 680) and the MCITP (EDST:W7) and all for the price of one exam. But as others have mentioned it's certainly a good deal tougher than the original MCDST which was pretty damn easy as certs go.
     
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  7. fliquid

    fliquid Nibble Poster

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    Think I might study for the 680 then take a look look at the 685 materials to see what WTF rating it gets....Depending on the rating, I'll either go for the 680 or continue to study and go for the 682.

    Could save myself some money too, which is always nice. 8)
     
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  8. wagnerk
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    Good plan :)

    -Ken
     
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  9. soundian

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    I didn't want to take the gamble. I might have saved myself one exam fee, but if I'd failed either the 680 OR 685 section I would have had to either retake the 682 (same cost as doing them separately) or be so freaked out I'd do them separately (and end up paying for 3 exams).
    Anyway, that sounds like the best plan, get ready for the 680, have a look at the 685 along the way, then make your decision.
     
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  12. Qs

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    Just something FYI - The 70-682 is physically split into two halves, the first covers 70-680 and the second 70-685, so don't go in thinking it's going to be a hodge-podge of both.

    When you submit the first half and move on to the second you can't go back and amend anything, so be careful.

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  13. gosh1976

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    I would have taken the 682 but I had a free voucher that could only be used for 72-xxx exams and since the 682 isn't offered with that prefix I decided to take the 72-680. Not sure when I'll get around to taking the 685.
     
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  14. Modey

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    Some exams aren't listed on Prometric when you have a voucher with 72 instead of 70 etc... A phone call to prometric is usually all it takes to sort it though. This was the case recently when I took the 682.
     
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  15. gosh1976

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    You were able to take the 682 with a student voucher?? I assumed it wasn't supposed to be possible since the test isn't listed here: Student Certification Exams | Special Offers | Microsoft Certification

    Not a big deal though since I used a free dreamspark voucher and I'm probably not ready for the 685 material.
     
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