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A general rather than specific question

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Meshan, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. Meshan

    Meshan Bit Poster

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    Hi

    This question comes from never having taken an IT certification so I don't know what to expect. I have just finished working my way through the 70-620 course module and now it's time to work my way through my notes and revise. I'm also doing the 70-622 at some stage but I haven't started the course work.

    I also come at this as a novice.

    In your opinion is it better to take one exam at a time, while the knowledge is still fresh in my head, or, work my way through everything and take the exams at the end, when I have a complete and rounded understanding of the source material.

    Thanks in advance

    M
     
    Certifications: HCIMA, BIIAM, BSc (Hons),
    WIP: MCITP (70-622)
  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    study for and take one exam at a time.

    as you move on with your studies the material will get more and more complex and difficult to retain (unless you ues it every single day). it will also show empolyers where you are in your studies and learning.

    8)
     
  3. Shinigami

    Shinigami Megabyte Poster

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    What simon said. Study for an exam, and then attempt it. If you keep pushing the exam dates forward, you'll be pushing them forward indefinitely and/or you'll simply fail them when the day comes.

    Here's a little story of mine about a similar event:

    I was teaching evening MCSE classes as an aid to an MCT over a period of some 6 months. As a perk, I was given a chance to participate in a MOS XP class (Microsoft Office Specialist for Office XP) for free. Originally this choice stemmed from the fact that my girlfriend wanted to get the MOS certification in order to have a little recognition at work, and so I went there too.

    The other students were adults who got the course paid by the unemployment office (my GF paid for her participation from her own pocket). Each Office app lasted about 2 weeks split over 4 evening courses.

    When we began, I mentioned to the other 'students' that it was a smart thing to go ahead and attempt an exam at the conclusion of each 2 week period because the application was still fresh in their heads. This of course was what me and my GF did (we booked the MOS exam for the monday following our last "class" for the subject matter we were studying).

    After about 3 months, both of us had passed all 5 office exams and my GF was participating in the final Windows XP MCP course (I had already passed it by then, so didn't bother participating in this final 4 week course).

    Meanwhile (if I recall correctly), only 2 or 3 students had attempted the first of the exams (might have been Word), but unfortunately they left about 3 or 4 weeks in between the course module and the exam itself. And no, they didn't pass those exams.

    At the conclusion of my GF's 4 months of evening classes, I recall her telling me that just one person had managed to pass a MOS exam whilst the others had abandoned all motivation to give it a go. They really should have tried harder... But I guess most of them just preferred goofing off since it was the unemployment office which paid for their course. A horrible waste of skills and resources.
     
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, MCDST, MOS, CIW, Comptia
    WIP: Win7/Lync2010/MCM

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