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Practice Test Utility gives lot of errors and crashes RRS feed

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  • Hello.

    I'm preparing mysef for certifiation using Practise Test utility / program, which somes with training kit CD (70-640, 70-642, 70-646: Networking, AD, Server 2008). Unfortunately it doesn't work very stable. After first installation, I can ran through the test, but while giving the results and after it, it gives me lot of OBCD errors. I also cannot review my wrong answers after the test. I tested this utility on Windows XP and Windows 7 compters, both having the same problem.

    I can paste errors later, if you guys don't know what I'm talking about :)

    As well, I would like your opinion about certifications - every MS teacher I talked to, told me that these practise tests are much harder than real certification exam. As well, practise test requires 80% correct answer to pass, but in Finland 70% would be enough. Is these claims true? I also have to admit, that I hate the idea to read 3 books in engish 700 pages each, but I have lot of real life experience with Active Directory, so is there any better and funnier way to prepare myself to exam? I have also my own AD LAB where I can do whatever I want. With these practice test I pass 40-50%, and networking is my weaker area.

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 7:12 AM

Answers

  • Depending on your operating system, have you tried one or more of the following:

    1. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=6c050fe3-c795-4b7d-b037-185d0506396c

    2. http://www.ehow.com/how_7610893_install-db-provider-odbc-drivers.html

    3. Contact the provider of the practice exams

    How hard the practice exam is "fuzzy" - it depends on the exam itself.  I've had instances where I've failed the practice exam but passed the real exam.  I've also had instances where I've passed the practice exam but failed the real exam. 

    Passing the real exam you have to score 700 or above, this does not mean 70% pass mark:

    All Microsoft exams are scaled such that the passing score is 700. The actual cut score (the number of items you need to answer correctly) is determined by a group of subject-matter experts. A common misperception is that you must answer 70 percent of the items correctly in order to pass the exam; however, the actual percentage varies from exam to exam and may be more or less than 70 percent, depending on the input provided by the subject-matter experts who helped us set the cut score. After you complete your exam, the points you earned are compared with the cut score to determine whether the result is pass or fail. Prometric's software generates the scaled score and bars shown on your score report from scoring information provided by Microsoft.

    See here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/in/certification/exam-prep.aspx#tab3

    You state that you have alot of real life experience of AD, that may be so, however that doesn't mean that you'll know all the parts of AD that you'll be tested on.

    I'd say continue to practice in your lab, continue to work with AD at work, read at least 1 book and try to get yourself a CBT (eg CBTNuggets, learnkey, etc) and maybe an audio training resource.


    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Thursday, January 27, 2011 7:31 AM

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  • Here is some information of error window. Some information varies, but these are the same:

    Application Message

    An unanticipated error has occurred in the application...bla bla bla.

    Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC drivers.... bla bla Syntax error... bla bla.

    Any help, or do you guys need screenshots?

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 7:11 PM
  • Depending on your operating system, have you tried one or more of the following:

    1. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=6c050fe3-c795-4b7d-b037-185d0506396c

    2. http://www.ehow.com/how_7610893_install-db-provider-odbc-drivers.html

    3. Contact the provider of the practice exams

    How hard the practice exam is "fuzzy" - it depends on the exam itself.  I've had instances where I've failed the practice exam but passed the real exam.  I've also had instances where I've passed the practice exam but failed the real exam. 

    Passing the real exam you have to score 700 or above, this does not mean 70% pass mark:

    All Microsoft exams are scaled such that the passing score is 700. The actual cut score (the number of items you need to answer correctly) is determined by a group of subject-matter experts. A common misperception is that you must answer 70 percent of the items correctly in order to pass the exam; however, the actual percentage varies from exam to exam and may be more or less than 70 percent, depending on the input provided by the subject-matter experts who helped us set the cut score. After you complete your exam, the points you earned are compared with the cut score to determine whether the result is pass or fail. Prometric's software generates the scaled score and bars shown on your score report from scoring information provided by Microsoft.

    See here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/in/certification/exam-prep.aspx#tab3

    You state that you have alot of real life experience of AD, that may be so, however that doesn't mean that you'll know all the parts of AD that you'll be tested on.

    I'd say continue to practice in your lab, continue to work with AD at work, read at least 1 book and try to get yourself a CBT (eg CBTNuggets, learnkey, etc) and maybe an audio training resource.


    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Thursday, January 27, 2011 7:31 AM
  • You state that you have alot of real life experience of AD, that may be so, however that doesn't mean that you'll know all the parts of AD that you'll be tested on.

    That's right, I noticed that I know some areas quite well, and something of I don't have a clue. Like I know group policy better then my wife, but I never seen clustering and reliability techniqe.

    Thanx for explanation, cheers!

    Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:20 AM