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Taking 70-687 and 70-68 in the same week

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by MattIT, May 19, 2015.

  1. MattIT

    MattIT Bit Poster

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    Hi all,

    I have been preparing for some time now to certify with the MCSA Windows 8.1.
    I'm considering taking both exams within the same week (probably a day or so apart) and I'm just wondering if anyone else has done anything similar ?
    If so do do you have any hints or tips?

    Thanks

    Matt
     
    Certifications: CompTia A+, CompTia Network+, MCP
    WIP: 70-688 (MCSA: Windows 8.1)
  2. jk2447

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    That's going to be tough but like anything, if you really know your stuff and work with the technology I've known people to pass two in one day. Only tip I can give is don't put too much pressure on yourself. Best of luck, Jim
     
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  3. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Yes it's certainly possible, I have done the Windows 7 versions on the same day, one leads to the other.

    Just make sure you know the subject matter and you will be fine.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
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  4. SimonD

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    Forgot to mention, have you tried any testing software (Boson or Transcender)?
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  5. Apexes

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    As long as you've done the work prior, and you're confident you know it - you should be fine

    I did a 70-243 and 70-680 one day after the other
     
    Certifications: 70-243 MCTS: ConfigMgr 2012 | MCSE: Private Cloud
  6. MattIT

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    Thanks all. I have been using Measure Up Labs and Practice tests along with some Skillport and the Offiicial Microsoft Course books so hopefully will be ready.. Certainly feel ready anway.
     
    Certifications: CompTia A+, CompTia Network+, MCP
    WIP: 70-688 (MCSA: Windows 8.1)
  7. MattIT

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    Hi all,
    Just an update to the above as I have now taken both. Passed the 70-687 but failed the 70-688. Bit gutted but onwards, upwards and back over the material for a re-take.
     
    Certifications: CompTia A+, CompTia Network+, MCP
    WIP: 70-688 (MCSA: Windows 8.1)
  8. Juelz

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    Congrats on the pass mate, atleast you can now focus on that particular test now. You'll smash it next time!
     
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  9. MattIT

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    Thanks mate
     
    Certifications: CompTia A+, CompTia Network+, MCP
    WIP: 70-688 (MCSA: Windows 8.1)
  10. manc

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    Hi,

    Congrats on passing this exam :)

    Do you have any wise words for others who are also taking the 70-687 exam ie: me at the end of July... :)

    Thanks.
     
    Certifications: ITIL v3 Foundation, Prince 2 Foundation, 70-687 & 70-688.
    WIP: 70-410
  11. MattIT

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    Thanks manc. I have been using a combinations of skillport, measure up practice exams and also used the new Darril Gibson
    MCSA Microsoft Windows 8.1 Complete Study Guide: Exams 70-687, 70-688, and 70-689 which I found to really useful as it also has links to electronic flash cards, practice exams.

    Best of luck and let us know how you get on.
     
    Certifications: CompTia A+, CompTia Network+, MCP
    WIP: 70-688 (MCSA: Windows 8.1)
  12. manc

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    Thanks so much for your reply. I looked at the Darril Gibson book but it looked like a mammoth read so went with the Exam Ref 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1 instead which I'm about to finish. I have purchased the Transender practice exams for 70-687 but currently not getting the best of scores when I do a full 50+ practice questions but I know I have to lab and read more, its so hard to get a rhythm going when you can only squeeze in a hour every evening whilst holding down a full-time job and a young family to contend with, I'm about to break out the violin so will stop here :D.

    Cheeky question but could you say the exam was focused on particular subject ie: File History etc


    ManC
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2015
    Certifications: ITIL v3 Foundation, Prince 2 Foundation, 70-687 & 70-688.
    WIP: 70-410

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