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Exam for C#/.NET fundamentals RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is there an exam that tests general C#/.NET knowledge?
    I.e. core language and framework things, not so much things like WCF, WPF and the like (Windows Forms would be OK though).

    I'd like to avoid endless studying for now, which is why I'd like to start with things I know I'm good at.
    For instance, most of these questions I could probably answer in my sleep - but I don't know if 70-536 is still available...?
    After all, it's been a few years since VS 2008...

    Thanks!


    Hypnose Berlin

    Friday, February 24, 2012 11:49 AM

Answers

  • Hi Marvin,

    70-536 is still available - the visual Studio 2008 exams are not expired so far.

    But such an exam no longer exist for Visual Studio 2010. And you will not earn anything from passing that exam - except access to the MCP website and an entry in your exam transcript.

    If it is worth doing that exam today is something hard to answer. I don't think so but we had such a thread a few days ago and others found it important. (Reading the content is important but I wouldn't do the exam again these days if I didn't passed it already!)

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    Friday, February 24, 2012 12:03 PM
    Answerer
  • In Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft had the idea to give us 2 exams to earn one MCTS title. So for my first MCTS title in .Net 3.5 I had to pass first 70-536 and then 70-505 (WIndows Forms). In other areas you just do one exam and you directly get a MCTS title with all the things to show off e.g. "MCTS SQL Server 2008 Database Developer" comes just after 70-433. And if you passed some exams you want to put it in your CV or maybe in your signature or on your card or .....

    With 70-536 you just get the entry inside your transcript.

    And be carefull: I think even the 70-536 exam normaly needs preparation. At least I had to prepare because some parts was never used by me in my daily job!

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    Friday, February 24, 2012 1:21 PM
    Answerer
  • Hello Marvin,

    like Konrad said 70-536 needs a lot of preparation and you don't get a MCTS certification from it. You need another one to be a MCTS. To pass an exam without studying isn't easy. For that you really need day-by-day experience for a lot of years.

    For starter exam have a look at the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams. They are more for students and have not the same recognition as a MCTS. Because they are just available since one year just a few people know this exam.


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    Friday, February 24, 2012 11:59 PM
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All replies

  • Hi Marvin,

    70-536 is still available - the visual Studio 2008 exams are not expired so far.

    But such an exam no longer exist for Visual Studio 2010. And you will not earn anything from passing that exam - except access to the MCP website and an entry in your exam transcript.

    If it is worth doing that exam today is something hard to answer. I don't think so but we had such a thread a few days ago and others found it important. (Reading the content is important but I wouldn't do the exam again these days if I didn't passed it already!)

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    Friday, February 24, 2012 12:03 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi Konrad,

    What would do you mean I wouldn't earn anything from passing that exam?
    Because the certifications it belongs to are discontinued?
    Or because the exam is so old?

    I'm more or less looking for an exam that I can pass without studying, just to document my current knowledge.
    (There are other exams I am required to take, like 70-573, but for those I'll need to study.)

    Thanks,
    Marvin


    Hypnose Berlin

    Friday, February 24, 2012 12:12 PM
  • In Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft had the idea to give us 2 exams to earn one MCTS title. So for my first MCTS title in .Net 3.5 I had to pass first 70-536 and then 70-505 (WIndows Forms). In other areas you just do one exam and you directly get a MCTS title with all the things to show off e.g. "MCTS SQL Server 2008 Database Developer" comes just after 70-433. And if you passed some exams you want to put it in your CV or maybe in your signature or on your card or .....

    With 70-536 you just get the entry inside your transcript.

    And be carefull: I think even the 70-536 exam normaly needs preparation. At least I had to prepare because some parts was never used by me in my daily job!

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    Friday, February 24, 2012 1:21 PM
    Answerer
  • Hello Marvin,

    like Konrad said 70-536 needs a lot of preparation and you don't get a MCTS certification from it. You need another one to be a MCTS. To pass an exam without studying isn't easy. For that you really need day-by-day experience for a lot of years.

    For starter exam have a look at the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams. They are more for students and have not the same recognition as a MCTS. Because they are just available since one year just a few people know this exam.


    Best Regards. When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer. This helps us build a healthy and positive community.

    Friday, February 24, 2012 11:59 PM
    Answerer