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MCPD exam "Skills Being Measured" are messed up RRS feed

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  • There seems to be a lot of overlap between exams that are required towards the same MCPD certifications. For example, the exams 70-562 and 70-564 overlap in many areas, and they are both required for the same MCPD - ASP.NET Dev 3.5. Same for exams 70-505 and 70-563 for MCPD - Win Dev 3.5. Would it not make more sense to have these exams for the same cert to be more independent from one another?

    Also, my experience over many years of taking MCSD/MCPD exams is that the official list of "Skills Being Measured" is always very inaccurate. Many skills listed there pertain to doing hands on activities in Visual Studio designers, yet the exam always has technical code questions (which is good), and never relates to hands on Visual Studio activities (which are in the official topic list).

    I also often find that the exams ask many questions that are not mentioned in the Skills Being Measured, and often find that about half of the things mentioned in the Skills Being Measured are not covered in the exam questions. Often the questions are obscure things that really should be looked up when needed, and are typically not experienced developers would commit to memory. It would be better to have questions that relate to real world programming knowledge as well is important conceptual areas.

    These problems go all the way back to Exam 70-100: Analyzing Requirements & Defining Solution Architectures. That was ridiculous how far off the official topic list was completely different from the actual exam. And the MS Press study guide for that exam followed the official topic list, and was therefore worse than useless for exam prep. And now, in many cases there are no exam prep guide books for the MCPD exams. It seems the only way to figure out how to prepare for these exams is to go with Transgender practice tests, since it appears that somehow they do have an accurate understanding of what is covered.

     

    Monday, June 28, 2010 2:44 PM

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