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Just took the beta MCAS: Vista Exam

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)' started by wagnerk, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. wagnerk
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    Well I have to say that this was the easiest MS exam so far. This is geared up towards the power-user rather than the IT Professional. There are alot of sims in this exam, so you really have to know how to use the OS rather than supporting the OS in a workgroup/domain environment.

    My score was 917 out of 1000, which is funny as with the MCAS beta exams they tell you the score but not if it's a passing score, unlike the Professional exams which do not even give you a score.

    Oh well, in about 3 months time, I'll find out if I'm a MCAS (as well as whether or not I've passed the MCSE & MCSA upgrade exams).

    Oh well, another free exam done :)

    -Ken
     
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  2. g.vangemerden

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    Hi Ken,

    The MCAS:Windows Vista-exam is, as you found out, meant for the powerusers. It is NOT an IT-exam. It is more like the old MOS/MOUS exams.

    It doesn't count towards any MCSA/MCSE-certification.

    If you're looking for an exam like that, take the 70-620.

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  3. wagnerk
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    Yeah I know (see my signature) :) Just wanted to take that exam, along with my MCSE, 2000 & 2003 and what I'm currently doing: the MCITP: EA & MCITP: SA track, already taken the beta exams. I'm also working on my MCAP track.

    -Ken
     
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  4. g.vangemerden

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    Didn't read your signature, sorry... :oops:

    However, I still think it is valuable information for all those folks here trying to understand the differences between all the different certifications Microsoft offers...

    Guido

    (* Promises to read everything that's on the screen in the future)
     
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  5. dmarsh

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    You're going for the Microsoft Certified Architect Program ?

    I'd be very interested in what you find out, I looked at it but the $10,000 fee, $5000 up front seemed alot to pay for something without formal training or support.
    It therefore looked more like an architect tax ! :biggrin

    Also it appears they only conduct the interviews in the UK one week a year and that they only interview a handful of candidates. I would of thought an MSc or Phd in computer architecture would be a better investment, and you'd actually get some training for your cash.
     
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    Funny .. when I said something about the obscurity of Microsoft Certification....

    MCAP stands for Microsoft Certified Application Professional. The tougher part of the MCAS-program




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  7. wagnerk
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    While attaining the MCA would be excellent (I'm also working on getting my Charter IT Status via the BCS - still got a way to go - don't have enough of the right experience & quals at the minute), the MCA is out of my reach because of:

    1. Job experience (not the right kind) &
    2. Money

    However, apart from that, when I stated the MCAP I was not refering to the MCA program but the Microsoft Certified Application Professional program. :biggrin

    -Ken
     
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  8. wagnerk
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    No worries :) You right though, MS certs (especially now) are getting more and more complex.

    -Ken
     
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    Well done Ken!
     
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    Well done ken ! :biggrin

    My bad, never heard of the MCAP in the other context !

    I just got CITP wasn't too hard, just some paperwork, CEng and CSci on the other hand they wanted an essay that I can't currently be bothered to write...
    I put off my CITP for many years because similar to yourself they have some pretty strange rules regarding qualification, and again BCS membership is really just a type of IT tax.
    Technically I could be a fellow but I need to know another fellow, and since I've not been a member that not really possible. Its all a bit like the masons, not got my secret handshake and nipple flash sorted yet ! :biggrin
    I'm still openminded but so far I can't see any real benefits to membership.

    Well I just meet the MCA requirements but yep, the moneys a big issue as its not clear what you get for it, as far as I understand you may never get an interview, if you get an interview you may never get MCA, I'd be much happier to see a different system, or at the very least backloading the payment instead of frontloading.
     
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    Cool, I may get back to you when I decide to go for my CITP :)

    -Ken
     
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    Good job on the pass and congrats.
     
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    You are starting to collect those things like Mike. :biggrin Congrats on the pass!!! Here is one on me. :slidedrin Hmmm, am gonna have to pick on gav and aj till they get me a coffee one/w cream. :dry
     
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    Not sure if I'll ever go after the MCAS or MCAP... but if there's customer demand, I'm sure I'll "collect" them too. :D

    Congrats on the apparent pass-to-come, Ken!
     
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    Did you have to mention or do a questionnaire to give your thoughts on the exam?

    I am just wondering as I have PDI+ beta exam two weeks on Friday, I dont think I will pass though as I have been told not to study.

    I know how printers work and the components involved but atlease its free so I am not wasting money.

    Its supposed to be 2hrs long, it already sounds too long
     
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    :ohmy He actually has more certs then you Mike, and not is not counting the ones that he is waiting scores on. I am assuming he will get all of those too. I really empressed now. I thought Mike was the ones with most certs of everyone I know. Granted his are a job requirment, I call it a job hazard. I don't belive I would have a stomach left if I had to get certs left and right like that. I get sick if I have to renew my driving lic...:blink
     
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    That's because I don't include my lower-level certs like the MCSA and CCNA, I don't include my CIW stuff, and I haven't updated my sig with the MCTS yet. ;)

    I've never even heard of the BSc, HNC, IC3 or AMBCS certifications... :ohmy

    Maybe I should put my PADI certifications on there to increase the count a bit... :D

    All that said, I think Overcertified had more certs than I do, and it's entirely possible that Ken does as well. :)
     
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  18. Modey

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    He spends more time at the local testing centre than he does at work. :)
     
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    Well, spending time in the testing center IS work. ;)

    To be quite honest, I spent more time in the testing center two weeks ago than I did in my office. :D Exams Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and the next Monday. I was burnt out afterwards! :blink
     
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  20. dmarsh

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    Well fair point BSc and HNC are not certs they are formal qualifications, however they do indicate that the person has passed another 24+ exams with IT content.

    BCS is a professional society, depending on how you joined you also may have taken some more IT exams. AM = Associate Member.

    I'm also pretty clueless on the IC3, I think its some sort of basic computer user cert but Ken is an approved instructor ?
     
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