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  • Hi All,
            How to give 70-536 or 70-528 exams (way & procedure) ?
    How I need to start to pass MCTS 70-536 and 70-528.
    Which study material I have to use for these exams.
    How to take MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536)?
    Can anybody please guide me for these questions.

    Thank you,
    Archana.
    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 9:23 PM

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  • Hi Archana,

     

    Microsoft Exam Registration Process: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam.aspx

     

    Best study material would be Microsoft Self-Paced Training Kit:

     

    70-536: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/book.aspx?ID=9469&locale=en-us

    70-528: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/book.aspx?ID=9982&locale=en-us

     

    You can buy these training kits from amazon.com or MS press directly.

     

    Hope this is helpful.


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    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Sunday, January 10, 2010 4:47 PM
    Thursday, July 23, 2009 2:24 AM
  • Hi, 
    I'm also using this book but here some people says this book is not good and have quite few errors and the best books are 

    CLR via C# by Jeffrey Richter

    C# 2.0: The Complete Reference by Herbert Schildt

    for pass this test.
    so do anyone know which book is really good and should i countinue to read MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536) book.

    thanks
    Regards, Athar
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Sunday, January 10, 2010 4:46 PM
    Thursday, July 23, 2009 12:26 PM
  • Yes ,I have the same problems too ,I want to know which edition is better .


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    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 7:45 AM
  • Yes ,I have the same problems too ,I want to know which edition is better .


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    I'd almost certainly say the 2nd edition, purely on the basis of the enormous amount of errata in the first.  I am presuming (I haven't seen it) the 2nd edition at least corrects that, I am not sure to what degree it rewrites sections.  But I did notice that amongst reader reviews on Amazon the publishers state clearly that the 2nd edition is now the recommended one.

    My take on the book (again, I used 1st edition and am not sure whether the 2nd has been a substantial rewrite)...

    - The quality of the book, in terms of a learning aid, varies, and in places is in my opinion not that good.  Consumer reviews seem to vary a lot, some very scathing.  I thought it made some topics seem if anything more difficult than they are by its presentation of them.  Everyone has different preferences I guess, but I referred quite a lot to the Wrox Professional C# 2008 (I personally like the Wrox series, and that particular book is in my opinion a really good intermediate level C# book).  I dug a bit deeper into some topics using that book.

    - The MS training kit is however, because it is specifically geared to the exam, a pretty good overview as to what to expect in the exam.

    - I think the 300 or so practice questions do reasonably accurately reflect the level of difficulty of the actual exam.

    Just my opinion of the 70-536 exam, and I think a lot of people sitting it might have a similar feeling.  Although it is a "core" paper, fundamentals if you like, its inherent difficulty is in the breadth of topics covered.  I found that it felt frustratingly as though I was assembling a wide "splattering" of unconnected topics.  At the moment I'm studying for WCF 70-503 and it feels far more coherent because it is one technology and each topic builds on the last.

    Therefore, with the benefit of hindsight, I think I'd do my study for 70-536 slightly differently a second time.  I think I was obsessing too much about trying to "recall all the specifics as I went", where as when I ran out of time some of it got down to cramming.  Normally I am not a big fan of cramming, but I am absolutely sure that in this case some of my recall of specifics was down to rapid-fire self-testing in the last few days.  It's that strange stuff where, without the benefit of intellisense etc, you suddenly scratch your head and think "Damn, is there actually a constructor for that class that allows me to do that?"

    As it happens, I used all 300 practice questions (I had never looked at many of them prior) in my last weekend to self test and as a memory-jogger.  I had it in the mode where I got immediate feedback after each question.  As it happens I got a borderline pass on all 300 questions, but by jotting down chapter references to stuff I'd got wrong I saw a clear pattern emerge as to a couple of sections that were weaknesses.  I'm fairly sure that that exercise might have lifted my score quite a lot.

    Sorry, I've burbled a bit, but my summary is that if you used that training kit and got to the point where you're fairly comfortable answering the practice questions, you're NOT going to get any really rude shock on the day.  The exam covered fairly well what I had expected and the level of difficulty was if anything a relief compared to my worst fears.
    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 8:09 PM