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Help with MCAS now MOS 2007 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I understand the name change, my question, what is the best study material?  I tested and used the Elevate America program, bought two Step-by-Step MCAS Excel products and used the MS learning for MCAS Excel 2007.  I have been working with Execl since it came out, every version, I studied hard took the test and Failed!  I'm not dumb...what gives??   At this point I don't think 'study the same material harder' is the answer.  Where can I find the best study material?  Book, test engine,etc., 

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010 4:17 AM

Answers

  • I'm sorry to hear that you didn't pass the test. I'm an instructor and proctor for exams and when someone asks me what the best study material is i always answer experience. That didn't get the required result for you so in that case you might need some examtraining. So try to find a classroom training for one day in your region. If that's not an option you can always look here:

    http://www.selftestsoftware.com/dept.aspx?dept_id=1182

    But that said you did take the exam and you know what to expect now so you might be able to prepare more focused on what you have seen during the test.

    If you are going for a second shot let us know if you passed. Anyway good luck ;-)

    Maurice

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:29 PM
  • Hi,
     
    Sorry that it didn't go very well the first time. Have you researched
    and performed tasks related to all of the exam objectives:
     
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=77-602&locale=en-us#tab2
     
    Have you also looked at both of the books and looked at taking the
    official course:
     
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=77-602&locale=en-us#tab3
     
     

    -- Mike Burr
    Wednesday, June 16, 2010 1:34 AM
  • try using Measureup.com . i found that their MCAS exam simulation is very helpful.
    Thursday, June 17, 2010 4:14 AM

All replies

  • I'm sorry to hear that you didn't pass the test. I'm an instructor and proctor for exams and when someone asks me what the best study material is i always answer experience. That didn't get the required result for you so in that case you might need some examtraining. So try to find a classroom training for one day in your region. If that's not an option you can always look here:

    http://www.selftestsoftware.com/dept.aspx?dept_id=1182

    But that said you did take the exam and you know what to expect now so you might be able to prepare more focused on what you have seen during the test.

    If you are going for a second shot let us know if you passed. Anyway good luck ;-)

    Maurice

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:29 PM
  • Hi,
     
    Sorry that it didn't go very well the first time. Have you researched
    and performed tasks related to all of the exam objectives:
     
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=77-602&locale=en-us#tab2
     
    Have you also looked at both of the books and looked at taking the
    official course:
     
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=77-602&locale=en-us#tab3
     
     

    -- Mike Burr
    Wednesday, June 16, 2010 1:34 AM
  • try using Measureup.com . i found that their MCAS exam simulation is very helpful.
    Thursday, June 17, 2010 4:14 AM
  • Sorry to hear that you weren't able to make it.

    Taking exams is a process for most test-takers.  In my case, I had the background and experience of teaching Excel for many years, but knew that the knowledge on its own wouldn't be enough.

    I bought the MCAS certification book for 2007 and found it to be really useful.  For the 4 exams I have written, namely Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook (taken in that order), I have spent a few hours each day for about 2-3 days reviewing the material as well as actually running through the exercises. 

    I found that the exercises are very similar, but not identical, in many respects to many of the exam questions.  They are not a replacement for studying but after doing extremely well (962 and 933) on my Excel and Word exams, I gained a lot of confidence in using that reference.

    You can't get too over-confident, though.  I didn't have as much time to prepare for PowerPoint and Outlook and got burned a bit on those exams. 

    While I did pass them with marks in the high 80s, it demonstrates that you can't get too casual about ANY exam, never mind ones you think might be easy.  Outlook, in particular, was very challenging, and I almost wish I could study more thoroughly so I could write it again.

    I found that my best exams were ones where I felt very strong and confident going in. 

    I had plenty of time to review ALL of the exercises, stayed focused, didn't rush getting to my appointment, relaxed, took a deep breath, and tried not to overthink things too much.

    Those things are all keys which I am sure helped me do well on my certifications for MOS.

    The only MOS 2007 exam I haven't written yet is Access, and I plan to go back to the reference again and do a very thorough review before writing.

    Stay with it.  Take your time, study thoroughly, don't beat yourself up, and then focus. 

    If you are not sure about an exam question, take some time to re-think it, reset the question, and do the steps again.

    Mark (MOS Master 2007)

    Friday, June 25, 2010 2:58 PM