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Boson 70-640 ExSim Review

Discussion in 'Active Directory Exams' started by ChrisH1979, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. ChrisH1979

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    Here is an extract from my blog with the relevant information for the review (minus my usual introductory waffle :D ) the full post can be found here


    After I have read as much as I can, watched what ever videos I can get my hands on, read blogs and articles on the exam requirements I look towards the exam prep software. Over the years I have used Transcender, Measure up and now Boson.
    Now I will be honest with you here I had never heard of Boson before I started participating on the forums at www.cerforums.co.uk this is probably more down to the fact that I haven't really bothered too much with the certification resources available in the last 6 years or so. The guys from Boson are a great bunch and have the exact right attitude that a company should have, that are participating on a public forum. They participate in all areas of the forum and offer advice on most of the subjects that come up there. There is never a feeling they are there to sell but they do mention their product in a kind of matter of fact way on occasion to help people out. This a refreshing change from the wrong sorts of people from companies I deal with at the extremely popular site Edugeek where I have been a moderator for a long time.
    One thing the guys from Boson are very good at is helping us all steer clear of the brain dumping sites and educating all the people new to certification about brain dumping, what it is and why it's no good for you!
    Anyway down to the product itself. I was given the opportunity to test the Boson exam environment out so I chose the one that was relevant to the exam I was doing at the time the 70-640 AD Configuring.

    Installation:
    The installation was as easy most windows apps and was just a next, next finish type install. The bare exam engine is available from their website before you have to make any purchases and you can download some demos to get a feel for it. For the exam content you need to get an activation code which you get when you purchase the product and you just paste this in to the exam activation wizard, which makes it available for download.

    Taking the exam:
    There are 2 ways to get your exam up and running you can either use the exam wizard or press the choose exam button and select your exam options. If you choose the "Choose Exam" button you do get access to a few more options that using the "Exam Wizard".
    Most of the options were fairly standard (standard meaning all the options you would expect) and were the same as what other competitors offered, but the one Boson had that I thought was great was "Enable Smart Mode".
    Smart mode is an option that allows you to set the exam content by saying that if you have already answered a question right a user definable amount of times, don't include it. This I think is great as sometime with these things you can do these practice tests too many times and get the same questions in all the time which you end up memorising rather that using your knowledge to answer them. This way you always get a fairly fresh set of questions from the larger question pool.

    Question accuracy and resources
    Boson have done a good job here, I could not find any typos or questions with answers, that turned out to be wrong as I have done on occasion with other products. One thing I love about this kind of exam prep software is it reinforces you knowledge and the explanations give you some more depth into the answer as well. You may know the answer to the question but you may be a little vague on detail. This product gives you good explanations to the answers and offerers links for resources on the subject. This way you are enhancing your learning even more.

    Conclusion
    A great accurate, easy to use product with a company that are very accessible, should you need help. The price is good too and often noticeably cheaper than other popular competitors.
    I was impressed enough that I purchased the 70-642 exam when it was on offer before Christmas, to help me with my next exam.
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2011
    Certifications: MCITP:SA, MCSA, MCTS:Win 7, Application Infrastructure
    WIP: MCITP:EA
  2. BosonMichael
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    You left the t out of cerTforums, Chris. ;)

    Thanks for the review, Chris! We really appreciate it!
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  3. BosonJosh

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    Glad you found our products helpful...Thanks for the review!
     
  4. ChrisH1979

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    It was done on purpose to filter out the non technical types :D
     
    Certifications: MCITP:SA, MCSA, MCTS:Win 7, Application Infrastructure
    WIP: MCITP:EA
  5. BosonMichael
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    Hey! That's what we say, too! :twisted:
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!

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