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Passed 70-290 at my second attempt...

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by ianconscious, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. ianconscious

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    Hi guys,

    I don't post here often, but I do read the forums regularly...

    I just wanted to thank everyone for participating in this online community, I've learned a great deal from reading your posts. Now I've got my first cert under my belt, I plan to become a much more active contributor to these forums.

    So, I passed my 70-290 exam on Saturday at my second attempt. I scored 820, whereas I failed it a fortnight ago with 633 (think I must have just had an off day then, as I'd been quite ill in the run up to the exam - that and the fact it was my first go at a Microsoft exam meant I wasn't too disheartened by the fail).

    So now I am officially an MCP! I'm gonna have to get some new business cards made up :-)

    I'm going to start prepping for the 70-291 now, so does anyone have any advice on which book I should buy? I used the MS Press book for the 290 and found it quite informative, although I've not looked at any books from the other publishing houses - if there is a better book out there I will check it out before buying.

    Any thoughts?
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    Congrats on the Pass :)

    Is there any reason why you've skipped the client exam? If your aim is the MCSA/MCSE, a client exam pass is a must :)

    -Ken
     
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  3. UKDarkstar
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    Congrats and well done m8 :biggrin
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    A good book is the Sybex one, I would also recommend using a CBT (like Learnkey), practice exams (from Transcender, Preplogic, etc) and a Practice lab at home - even if you work on a live one at work. This exam isn't called the beast for nothing :)

    -Ken
     
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  5. -Mercury-

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    Congrats, well done you. :D
     
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  6. ianconscious

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    No, no reason at all. I just figured 290 would be a good place to start. I work in the IT industry and have hands on experience with administering servers and networks, and have done for a couple of years, so thought I'd do the MCSE core exams, in order, first. I can pick up the client exam (270 or 620) at a later date...
     
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  7. craigie

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    Well done and congratulations, I wrote a Study Guide for the 70-291 which can be found here
     
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    Wow. Thanks for the info Craigie! I'll sit down to read that with a cuppa later on :-)
     
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  9. sunn

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    Congrats...
     
  10. BosonMichael
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    Congrats!
     
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