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MCDST Exams

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by pn, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. pn

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    Hi all, I am interested in taking the MCDST exams but don't want to sit through a 2 day course and then a 3 day course. Does anyone know if you can study from the books and then just register with a Microsoft Testing Centre to take the exams?

    I am based in Birmingham in the UK and cannot seem to find out if this is possible.

    Thanks
     
  2. Jakamoko
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    Am I way wide of the mark here? I thought the MSCDST was an MCP exam. If so, then I see no reason why you cant pick up the book, do the work yourself, and then just go ahead and book, pay for and PASS the exam :D
     
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  4. michael78

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    I'm going to be studying for my MCDST after I've done my Server+ I bought Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Resource Kit, Second Edition (http://www.microsoft.com/MSPress/books/6795.asp) which was recommended to me. It's 1700 pages but covers everything you need for both of the MCDST exams.:D
     
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  5. ScoobyDoo

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    I was bored with the Christmans TV this year so have started my prepping for the first of my MCDST exams.

    I am using the Sybex & Exam Cram books. (The Cram book appears more detailed than Sybex !!!)

    Anyway, I can now install XP in about 5 different ways. So much more interesting than 'The Great Escape' & 'Star Wars'.

    The Sybex book covers both exams with 5 chapters for each. Hopefully I will have the exam under my belt before January is out. I will then start on the second exam.

    Keep reading & I will keep you all posted on my progress.
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    Have to agree to everyone who say that you can, did the MCDST with the Sybex book (and of course practical experience) and passed both exams first time. So "if I can do it, so can you". Good luck with your studies.

    Now on to the MCSE
     
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  7. starfury6

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    Jak are you saying that some Cert exams you HAVE to sit a course for?
     
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  8. Jakamoko
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    No m8 - I just mean the distinction between something like MCDST, which is just one exam, but a recognised cert all the same, compared to MCSA or MCSE which are combinations of individual exams. I haven't heard of any really that you have to go sit a course to do that you can't do on your on. Sorry for any confusion :)
     
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  9. starfury6

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    No worries, thanks for the confirmation. I was concerned for a second. I want to study myself then sit the exams, since attending courses during current full time employment is not easy, especially with a toddler at home too!

    Good stuff.

    Doing MCDST first with then the idea to do MCSE bit by bit over time.
     
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  10. michael78

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    Jakamoko the MCDST is 2 exams mate (70-271 & 70-272). PN to answer the question no you don't need to attend a course for the MCDST or off the top of my head any IT exam.
     
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    I've actually elected to do 272 before I do 271 since i figured studying for the Desktop Apps exam would probably teach me more than the OS exam.
     
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  12. Jakamoko
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    Sorry, stand corrected - I've never really looked into the details of this cert. My apologies for any confusion, Guys. :oops:
     
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