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Client Exam for MCSA

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by tornado, May 23, 2010.

  1. tornado

    tornado Bit Poster

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    Hi,
    I am looking at getting the MCSA certificate, but first I need to the client exam required for it.

    Since I know both Windows 7 & XP I am trying decided which one is best to do.

    If I complete the 70-680 (Windows 7, Configuring) do I become certified as both an MSCA and a MCTS?

    Because it says "Note You may apply this exam toward either the elective requirement or the client operating systems requirement—not both."

    If that is the case, I may as well do the XP one, because my knowledge of XP is better than Windows 7.

    Thanks
     
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  2. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi,

    The MCSA is made up of 2 Network systems exams, 1 client exam and 1 elective. What this means is that you need to pass 4 exams for an MCSA, so if you pass the XP or 7 exam, which are both client exams and elective exams, you can't get away with just sitting 3 exams, does that make sense?

    I'd say go for the XP exam if its what you know best, to count as your client exam. Then you could sit the win 7 680 exam as your elective. To answer your question, however you do it, passing the 680 will make you an MCTS also but there are other options. You could sit an exchange 2003 70-284 exam as your elective and become an MCSA: Messaging.

    Its hard to choose really but I think you hit the nail on the head when you said XP is what you use most. To give yourself the best chance of success you should always sit exams that cover where your experience lies IMHO.

    Good luck,
    Jim
     
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  3. TommyTee

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    tornado - i'm not an expert but I think you maybe a little confused.


    You have the MCDST, so that is the elective taken care of.

    The win 7 mcts will give you an mcts and count as the client exam.

    Then you have to do the compulsory 70-290 & 70-291.


    edit - sorry jk2447, we posted at the same time
     
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  4. jk2447

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    Hey no probs mate, you correctly pointed out that his MCDST can count as an elective, I should have mentioned that :rolleyes: rep
     
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  5. tornado

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    Thanks for your help, I was aware that I had to do the 2 other server exams.

    I just thought that if I have to do one client exam, if I do the windows 7 one I get 2 certificates out of 1 exam (Once I complete the other 2 server ones), the XP one will be easier but means I will have to do more exams.

    So I might as well do the Windows 7 one, as it will give me the MCTS and count towards the MCSA and is a newer technology.
     
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  6. jk2447

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    Hi, yes, taking everything into consideration I think I'd do the win 7 exam too :D
     
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  7. TommyTee

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    if it's your first mcts you'll get an MCTS certificate as well as the MCTS:Win7 certificate also.
     
  8. tornado

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    More certificates = :D
     
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  9. jk2447

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    Yes, you get a generic MCTS cert in addition to any specific MCTS's you get. So if you pass Windows 7 MCTS, the online cert manager will show 2 new certs.
     
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