Wednesday, 14 March 2012 3:39 PM
Hello guys and thanks in advance for any help, recommendations you can provide. I've been in the field for roughly 10-15 years. I don't have a degree in IT. I went back to school and earned a certification (pc/networking) from a local university and got my start in helpdesk work. I have since earned my A+, Network+, Server+ and MCTS in Server 2008 Active Direcory. I'm doing a lot of AD work and so that helped with the 70-640. However, I just finished reading the MS press book, 2nd edition for the 70-642 (my first reading - I'll have to read the book again) and took a transcender exam and received a score of 66. I easily passed the test that came with the book. The transcender tests have always been a big help but I felt like much of the material on the test was never covered in the book.
I guess I'm frustrated and wondering if I have the necessary level of experience (we do some of the work covered in the 70-642 exam but not all) as we're a big shop with many buildings and I'm still running around doing repair and AD and Networking work. I'm a pretty solid reader and I'll read the book again but I know that the questions I missed were not covered in the book. And yes, I'll do more research on the internet but it feels like I'm shooting at targets in the dark. I mean obviously most questions are asked from the point of view where you've either done some of these tasks or you haven't.
Am I missing something in my study materials. I also watched the trainsignal videos but they are very general. Additionally, am I biting off more than I can chew. Does this require more experience than a guy like me has who does some things but not all. And then I read info where certs are not that valued anymore. Would appreciate any recommendations you have. I just want to feel like when I'm studying and taking time out of my life for these certs and away from my family and what little time I have - that the studying actually pays off. Thanks.
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 10:43 PMModerator
Generally speaking, you will need 1-2yrs of hands-on experience to pass an exam (by hands-on I mean working with the technology covered in the exam day-by-day, not reading a book or doinf practice exams). That said, some people are able to pass exams with very little hands-on experience (I'm not one of those lucky people :-).
I've never taken this exam however the process I use when studying for an exam is:
- Look at the skills measured in the exam (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?id=70-642&locale=en-us) and use them to research content using TechNet or MSDN Online
- Read F&Q's
- Read release notes
- Play with Virtual Labs
- Use Microsoft eLearning (http://learning.microsoft.com/manager/LearningPlanV2.aspx?resourceId=9d92de6a-c076-423d-aca1-f36a453fb717&clang=en-US&cats=d4e8e42c-3d5a-4a6e-915d-d99556a49bd7&locale=en-US)
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Thursday, 15 March 2012 1:40 PMI can definately recommend the CBT Nuggets Video Tutorials (www.cbtnuggets.net). I have used these for all my Microsoft exams (I have 7, including 70-642), and have completed them successfully, thanks to these tutorials. I think video tutorials along with the official Microsoft book is a good way to go!