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just failed 70-270

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by angelo, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. angelo

    angelo New Member

    Hello, failed my 70-270 test yesterday with 578 score, thing is i was fairly confident going into the test, otherwise i would never have booked it. I am a bit perplexed and jaded somewhat, as i read both Microsoft 270 and 290 books from cover to cover! along with doing the test out CBT on both of them and did not really find it a problem, i was extremely surprised with the long scenario real world, 14 line questions i found i had to read the questions 2 or 3 times, which seriously chipped away at the clock time. I really feel the Microsoft books i read gave me a head full of Tech knowledge but little prep for the real world scenario questions.

    Any idea on how i can re prepare without reading the books again which i feel i already know.

  2. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    More practical work perhaps? For the 70-270 I had an old PC with the trial version of XP running on it so I could actually follow all the examples in the book. I also set up a RIS server as well.

    Don’t take this the wrong way mate but your score is well under the pass mark so perhaps you don’t know the material in the book as well as you think? You could read over the chapters again that you are unsure of rather than reading the whole thing again. 8)
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Bad news mate, have you got a lab? if not you could get a cheap computer and set it up as a server to your main PC so you can get some experience.

    Maybe re-read the books aswell.

    Good luck the next time, you should be able to use Microsofts second shot for free.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  4. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    How much real-world experience do you have? Microsoft recommends 6 months to a year of experience administering a 250+ user, multi-site, multi-server environment before pursuing the MCSA... not just 6-12 months in IT, but actually doing that job. If real-world scenarios are giving you a problem, perhaps you don't yet have enough real-world experience.
    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!
  5. asanthadenz

    asanthadenz Bit Poster

    hmmm, i really think that those CBT Nugget videos come really in handy when doing these sorta exams! As they show you real time scenarios for all the troubleshooting methods.

    Easier to understand i guess, it costs a bit to buy them but well worth it..
    Certifications: MCDST
  6. grim

    grim Gigabyte Poster

    the exams don't test you on the info in the books it tests how you would apply this knowledge in a real world situation. I found running through some test questions helped to me understand how they write the questions and what exactly they were asking.

    Certifications: Bsc, 70-270, 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294, 70-298, 70-299, 70-620, 70-649, 70-680
    WIP: 70-646, 70-640
  7. silentjess

    silentjess Bit Poster

    lets work harder. maybe we can compare marks after it? suppose you're will be around march too?
    spur you and myself on too.
    we can get thru this, knowledge is never finished!

    Ganbatte / Work Hard!
    Certifications: MCDST
  8. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Microsoft certification exams are famous for their level of detail. One of the strategies is to learn which pieces of information in the question are vital to understanding the answer and which details are superfluous. It's a bit like the riddle "As I was going to St Ives". There's a lot of information presented that isn't relevant to answering the question.

    To be fair, the only *real* way to accurately test a candidate to see if they know how to administer a system is to sit them down in front of the system and present them with problems to solve in a hands-on lab situation. Of course, that sort of exam is hideously expensive, so the current format will have to do, even though it's as much about knowing how to take the exam as it is about knowing how to administer Windows.

    Michael is correct when he says that these exams aren't quite at big a chore if you actually are doing the work or, next best thing, have spent a lot of time working in labs performing the same tasks.
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  9. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    I would suggest you hit the books again and then purchase some decent test prep software. My preference is Transcenders, though there are a few other good products. Boson and Measureup for example.
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)

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