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Booking exams in advance

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by gibster, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. gibster

    gibster New Member

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    I've decided that one of the best ways to get me motivated to study hard will be to book an exam in advance, so I can set myself a deadline. But I guess I'm going to need at least a month, (more like 2) to study, is it possible to book exams now (mid feb) to be taken, say, at the end of march, are all bookings firm and final, if I booked now and something came up that meant I couldn't find time to study would I lose the exam fee.

    Do other people do this? or do you tend to book exams when your just about ready to take them?
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    you just visit the prometric website and book on your preffered date or dates if they are available.
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    I don't know if it works differently with Prometric sites in the UK, but here you have to cancel 24 hours in advance or you lose your exam fee.

    Yes, other people do this... but I don't. I study until I'm ready to take the exam, and then I schedule the exam. It's rare that I can't schedule an exam for the next day or the day-after-next.
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    I start studying first and then mid way thru I book my exam a month from that date, this gives me a set goal to work to. The good thing is that if 2 days before if I feel I'm not ready, then I just move the date of the exam... Apart from the ITL v3, I booked that the day before the exam :)

    -Ken
     
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    Big_nath Kilobyte Poster

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    I think it is better to do as wagnerk said, as some exams are alot harder than others.
     
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  6. nXPLOSi

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    You can rearrange the exam if need be, without losing your fee, as long as you give more then 24 hours notice I believe.

    It can be good to book ahead if it helps with motivation, but make sure you dont just keep moving it :)
     
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  7. soundian

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    Personally I'm a "week before" kinda guy.
    I wouldn't even think about booking an exam until I knew the scale of the task ahead of me.
     
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  8. Taita

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    I book them a month in advance, then study.

    I have cancelled MS Prometric exams with 12 hours notice and not lost my fee.
     
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  9. gibster

    gibster New Member

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    Think I'll study until the end of feb, then see how i'm doing, would really like to get 70-290 done by the end of march though.

    Taita - Are you on PH, I recognise the username.
     
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  10. Taita

    Taita Nibble Poster

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    Yes mate, who are you on PH.
     
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  11. gibster

    gibster New Member

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    bishbash, not sure why I went for a different username on here, a change is as good as a rest I suppose
     
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