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MCDST - how much time?

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by demarrer, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. demarrer

    demarrer Byte Poster

    I have been looking at making a career change and looking at the MCDST certificate as a start. Is this a good idea and also, how long does it take before you can take the exams, do you register for the exams and can you take the exams when you want or are they at set times in the year?

    any help much appriciated..

    Certifications: A+, Security +, CCNA, CCSA
    WIP: music, (dreaming of) CCIE Security :D
  2. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    230 million years!

    Seriously, it takes as long as it takes you to understand the concepts, and feel confident enough to sit the exam.

    You can book an exam whenever you like. Some people book the exam before they start studying, to give them the motivation to keep studying. Others only book when they are ready.
    Certifications: ITIL Foundation; MCTS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
    WIP: None at present
  3. greenbrucelee
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Hi Welcome

    Most people starting on certs go for compTIA A+ and N+ before doing the MCDST.

    If you are going self study for whatever cert you do you can take as long as you want to take.

    When you are ready to take exams you register with pearson Vue or prometric (on their web sites) and you will find where your nearest test centre is and then you book the exam(s).

    If you are doing a course with a training provider :twisted: then you would have to discuss time limits and exam times with them.

    I personall would recommend self study its cheaper and you don't get conned out of lots of money by some salesman who just wants your cash and isn't interested in giving you proper advice.

    Also what IT experience do you have?

    If you have none then you should definetly start with the A+
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  4. derkit

    derkit Gigabyte Poster

    I can only speak from personal experience (assuming I pass on Wednesday) that it has taken me 4 months to study for the exam in the evening and weekends and I've done 1 year in 2nd line desktop support.
    Certifications: MBCS, BSc(Hons), Cert(Maths), A+, Net+, MCDST, ITIL-F v3, MCSA
    WIP: 70-293
  5. demarrer

    demarrer Byte Poster

    cheers for that. good to get some idea of timescale.

    with regards to the exams, can you put in for them and take them at any time or like for example accountancy exams they only take place twice a year in may and november!!


    Certifications: A+, Security +, CCNA, CCSA
    WIP: music, (dreaming of) CCIE Security :D
  6. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    You can pretty much take the Microsoft exams any time of the year and throughout each month of the year. Best wishes:)
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell

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