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Microsoft 70-432 self paced training book content vs measureup official Microsoft Certified Training partner content. RRS feed

  • Question

  • I read the chapters and took the practice tests for the first objective, installing sql 2008 using the Microsoft 70-432 self paced study guide.  Then I took the same test using questions provided by Measureup, who is listed as a preferred provider for training.  Some of the questions from Measure up are NOT included in the Microsoft book, self paced training kit 70-432 book.  Example.  Measureup asked a question about the Max Woker Threads setting.  That parameter is not even mentioned in the Microsoft Book, especially in the first objective.

    I mastered the first objective content covered in the Microsoft Press book, but felt like a dummy when I took the Measureup test.  5 of the first 7 questions were not mentioned at all in the MS book. Example: Measure up asked a question about database upgrade to 2008 from a 2000 version that uses merge replication.  Hello, that was not mentioned, discussed or even hinted at in the Microsoft study guide

    Question: If I master the contents covered in the 70-432 Microsoft book will I pass the test?  Need some advice on what to study. I studied the first 4 objectives listed in the book, now I feel very unprepared. 

    Need some help on what to study, and I am making the assumption the Microsoft Study Guide is the official resource for all questions on the test.  Any test takers know different ?

    Steve

     


    steve jepsen
    Saturday, September 11, 2010 7:24 PM

Answers

  • Hi Steve,

    As you might have noticed by now the book is not enough to guide you trough the exam. Sure it will prep you for it but as the pre requisite states you need some hands on experience as well. I had the same issue with 70-431. Thought I was ready and took the test from the MS CD. All went well until i took the measure up tests. Did not do vey well at all. I learned a lot from the references mentioned at each answer most of them referring to Books on line information. So i went ahead and got hands on and read the various articles mentioned in books online and msdn. So take various tests and read the reference material. We are talking about a huge product here so there's a lot to ask. I ended up with a reasonable score and passed the exam. So prepare get hands on and take the test. Will you pass with just the prep kit from MS? I my opinion no but that's just my two cents.

    Maurice

    Saturday, September 11, 2010 9:40 PM
  • When I prepared for 70-236, I used these resources:

    1) Microsoft's site

    2) <cite>msexchangeteam .com</cite>

    3) http://www.amazon.com/MCTS-Microsoft-Exchange-Server-Configuration/dp/0470458526/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1284645928&sr=8-2

    4) http://www.amazon.com/MCTS-Self-Paced-Training-70-236-PRO-Certification/dp/0735624100/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1284645928&sr=8-1

    5) http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Exchange-Server-2007-Unleashed/dp/0672329204/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284645973&sr=1-9.

    My point is use several resources and use measureup as a tool to test your knowledge.

     

    Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:07 PM

All replies

  • Hi Steve,

    As you might have noticed by now the book is not enough to guide you trough the exam. Sure it will prep you for it but as the pre requisite states you need some hands on experience as well. I had the same issue with 70-431. Thought I was ready and took the test from the MS CD. All went well until i took the measure up tests. Did not do vey well at all. I learned a lot from the references mentioned at each answer most of them referring to Books on line information. So i went ahead and got hands on and read the various articles mentioned in books online and msdn. So take various tests and read the reference material. We are talking about a huge product here so there's a lot to ask. I ended up with a reasonable score and passed the exam. So prepare get hands on and take the test. Will you pass with just the prep kit from MS? I my opinion no but that's just my two cents.

    Maurice

    Saturday, September 11, 2010 9:40 PM
  • When I prepared for 70-236, I used these resources:

    1) Microsoft's site

    2) <cite>msexchangeteam .com</cite>

    3) http://www.amazon.com/MCTS-Microsoft-Exchange-Server-Configuration/dp/0470458526/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1284645928&sr=8-2

    4) http://www.amazon.com/MCTS-Self-Paced-Training-70-236-PRO-Certification/dp/0735624100/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1284645928&sr=8-1

    5) http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Exchange-Server-2007-Unleashed/dp/0672329204/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284645973&sr=1-9.

    My point is use several resources and use measureup as a tool to test your knowledge.

     

    Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:07 PM