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Nervous 291 on Thurs

Discussion in 'Network Infrastructure' started by Nimbus, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. Nimbus

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    Sitting 291 on Thursday, I am only scoring about 55% on transcender and am not feeling confident. The sheer amount of information to absorb for this one is staggering.

    Any last minute advice? I feel I will be using my second shot in Jan :oops:
     
  2. simongrahamuk
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    If you're not confident then why not re-schedule for after the new year? Save that second shot for even later.

    8)
     
  3. Povester

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    If your only getting around 55% on the transcender look like you could be a little under-prepared. As Simon says, perhaps re-schedule and use the xmas period to really study hard (if possible)?
    Best of luck for Thursday if you go through with it :)
     
  4. Sparky
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    Go for it mate, make sure you study up on WSUS.

    One of the more difficult Microsoft exams I must admit but a great feeling when you pass! :biggrin
     
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  5. Tinus1959

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    Pospone it. Nothing more devastating them failing with big numbers.
     
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  6. onoski

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    It seems like transcenders score can go to prove if one is really prepared or not? I for one have heard numerous people say the transcenders test prep software was more intense and difficult than the actual real exam. I still think if you have gone through the MS press book and used technet on wsus, dns, rras and dhcp you'd be fine.

    Truly, you a lone can tell if you're really prepared to tackle this exam or not but if I were you I'd face my fears and go for it. The choice is yours though:)
     
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  7. greenbrucelee
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    Maybe you could postpone it for a while untill you are getting a better score on the practice exams.
     
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    I don't want to sound discouraging in any way, but if you aren't doing well on the Transcender's, then it would seem as though you may want to postpone for a few weeks. I would usually say that if you aren't passing a practice test, it wouldn't be advised to take the actual exam.

    Good luck with whatever you decide!!!
     
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  9. Bluerinse
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    I was sailing through the Transcenders before i sat 70-216 the Windows 2000 network infrastructure and i still failed the real exam. For me, on that occasion, the real exam was far tougher than the Transcender.

    I would put it off until you feel ready.. failing is not a nice feeling.
     
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  10. Nimbus

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    Thanks for all the advice folks,

    I have decided to take the test, I don't like failure but feel it may motivate me to study harder. I am quite strong on dns, dhcp and ip addressing but know I could be better on rras and ip security. I am currenlty nailing down WSUS so this should help as well.

    I will let you all know how it goes

    Thanks Again
     
  11. Bluerinse
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    In which case good luck Nimbus, my fingers are crossed for you 8)
     
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  12. onoski

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    Now that's the attitude am talking about, good decision as I would have done the same. Don't threat you'd be fine just relax on the day and don't rush too quick in answering each questions, after all you have 4 hours to slain the beast.
     
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  13. Tinus1959

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    Good luck!
     
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  14. Luddym

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    Someone after my own heart.

    I find that with Transcenders that although they are a fair gauge of your knowledge, getting good marks on them will by no means mean you will definately pass the real thing.

    With the 70-290 Exam I studied hard with various books, various labs and felt ready. Upon taking the Transcenders I was around the 30%-50% mark and felt so disheartened as I'd already booked the exam (with a second shot if I was to fail) I took the exam anyway and managed to pass.

    Looking back, the Transcender wasn't particularly good on this instance, and It has put me off using them for other exams.
     
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  15. onoski

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    Having said the above which test prep software have you found useful in this case?. Thanks in advance:)
     
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  16. Jaytee2305

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    I am in exactly the same situation as you

    I failed first time

    615/1000

    I am booked back in for Thursday too. I feel slightly underprepared but I am going in with a good atitude that I am going to do it and have an MCSA for Christmas.

    When I did my 290 I was getting 1000 regularly using UCertify and then failed. I wouldn't gauge too much by the test engines.

    I failed on RRAS last time so have been concentrating on that.

    Good look for tomorrow mate! :D
     
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  17. BosonMichael
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    At least, not UCertify's test engine. :rolleyes:
     
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  18. onoski

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    To be honest judging from those who have previously sat this exam it would be right to say one has to be confident in all topics covered. Just my 2 pence opinion:)
     
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  19. Jaytee2305

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    I failed

    Loads of questions on DNS, it must have been nearly 50%

    3 sims and about 10 on WSUS

    I got 572, worse than last time

    :cussing
     
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  20. ffreeloader

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    Sorry to hear that. I think most of us have failed a test or two in our time though, so you're in good company.

    I have to say though, I was worried when I first read the title to this thread about whether or not you would be able to get 291 calmed down today. :biggrin
     
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