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Any Suggestions Guys & Gals?

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by Andy_24, May 14, 2006.

  1. Andy_24

    Andy_24 New Member

    I Have just recently started a ciw course in web mastering.
    The Problem is, i have also recently found employment within a major blue chip organisation in a technical support role.
    I now require to sit the mcp exam (which if i am right consists of 2 exams) within 4 weeks or so.
    If i pass first time, i should get the fees waved.
    Where can i find some help to do both of these effectively without failing either.
    Thanks for any suggestions you may have
  2. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    Have a look around the forum, there are loads of suggestions about reading material and testing software.

    It's all about being able to look around.

    Don't underestimate the ability to search and find answers.
    As an MCSDT, you may have to deal with situations that you have no experience with.
    What do you do then?
    Posting a question on a forum doesn't always get you the answer quickly enough...

    ...you need to know where to look and how.

    Hope you find some of the resources here useful, and good luck!
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  3. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    Welcome to CF! :biggrin

    As you posted this in the MCDST forum I'm assuming that you are referring to the two MCDST exams, each of which earns you an MCP.

    How to go about studying for these two exams would depend on your background and your existing level of experience with the XP product. Your first point of call should be to the Microsoft Website to view the exams objectives, here.

    Once you have looked at the objectives you need to find out how much you feel you already know, and how much you need to learn, this is where you will need to purchase the appropriate books tailored to the MCDST exams.

    Simply work your way through the books and where you can apply the skills learned, asking for clarification on any of the areas you aren't comfortable on forums like these, or by Googling the subject.

    Once you feel comfortable with the material that is covered I suggest that you purchase the Transcender practice exams and attempt them. These practice exams are slightly harder than the real thing and if you are able to pass them then you should be able to pass the real thing without any problems.

    Why not pop over to the new members forum and introduce yourself to us all properly! :biggrin
  4. MonkeyWrench

    MonkeyWrench Nibble Poster

    If you don't mind me asking, how comes you only have 4 weeks to do both exams?

    Even if you know the subjects, you need to know them the "Microsoft way" which can take a little getting used. For example all the answers are based on the XP start menu rather than the classic setup. I found this a complete pain in the ass, as I had used the classic view since installing XP. To put things in perspective I've been doing tech support for a couple of years now and it took me three months to pass both.
    Certifications: MCDST
    WIP: 70-270, CCNA
  5. Keimos

    Keimos Byte Poster

    Hi Andy_24,

    Just guessing but it sounds like you are being sent on a boot camp, hence 4 weeks.

    Take time out and be prepared, MonkeyWrench is spot on, learn to to things the "Microsoft Way"

    Make sure you have the learning materials and get help with our studies if possible, leave the CIW as the MCDST will help to a certain extent with that side of things. Also CIW wise make sure that you have the materials for the v5 exams as the v4 expire June the 31st.

    Good luck, a lot of time and effort will bring you the rewards.

    Certifications: Microsoft Office Specialist
  6. riaz.hasan

    riaz.hasan Kilobyte Poster


    hmmm only 4 weeks, i would mainly put it at a month for one exam and one for the other, i'm doing mcp 70-270, it will probably take me a month to do this, thats like 6 hours of study everyday :P but! have to do it...
    Certifications: Degree, A+, HDA, MCP(270 finally!!)
  7. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Sounds like that 4 week period is to take advantage of the free second shot. Don't forget to register for it, it's not an automatic entitlement. :D

    Good luck.

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: MSc in Tech Management

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