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  • Do we have to take all the three exams listed under SQL server 2008 to complete MCTS:SQL server 2008 ? This exam retires on July 2013.cant we take the exam after it retires? Thanks, Sharmila.
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 6:17 PM

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  • Hi Sharmila,

    Thanks for posting. I will try to shed a little light on this matter for you.

    No. You only have to take one exam to become an MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist). The following link should clarify things for you, once you realize that the three exams listed are for three different MCTS certifications:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/sql-certification.aspx#item-ID0EEAAAAABA

    Three MCTS certifications are available on Microsoft SQL Server 2008, each aligning with a market-relevant job role.

    Certification title

    Required exam

    MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance

    MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development

    MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

    * This exam retires on July 31, 2013.

    Of these three exams, only Exam 70-433 (MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development) retires on July 31, 2013. The other two exams are not yet scheduled for retirement.

    And finally, to answer your last question, you cannot take an exam after it retires. When an exam retires it is gone for good. However, you will retain any certification that you had earned when you passed that exam. So if you passed Exam 70-433, for example, you would still retain your MCTS certification after July 31, 2013 when that exam retires.

    I hope I have answered your questions adequately. I wish you every success with your exams.

    James

    • Marked as answer by SH1988 Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:53 PM
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:33 PM
  • No, you don't have to take three exams. For a MCTS, one exam is sufficient. For instance, when you pass Exam 70-432, you complete the requirements for "MCTS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance". If you take other exams, you get other different MCTS certifications. If you want a MCSA then you need to complete 70-432 and 70-448.

    After these exams retire, you will no longer be able to take them. Those certifications that you have already achieved before the exams retire will continue to be valid.

    • Marked as answer by SH1988 Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:53 PM
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:35 PM
  • Any one of the three will earn you the MCTS designation.  If you're looking to earn the MCSA SQL Server 2008, then you'll need to take/pass both the 70-432 and 70-448 exams. 

    When an exam is retired, that means it's no longer available to take.  i.e. none of the SQL Server 2008 exams will be available after July 2013.

    • Marked as answer by SH1988 Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:53 PM
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:35 PM
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  • Hi Sharmila,

    Thanks for posting. I will try to shed a little light on this matter for you.

    No. You only have to take one exam to become an MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist). The following link should clarify things for you, once you realize that the three exams listed are for three different MCTS certifications:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/sql-certification.aspx#item-ID0EEAAAAABA

    Three MCTS certifications are available on Microsoft SQL Server 2008, each aligning with a market-relevant job role.

    Certification title

    Required exam

    MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance

    MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development

    MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

    * This exam retires on July 31, 2013.

    Of these three exams, only Exam 70-433 (MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development) retires on July 31, 2013. The other two exams are not yet scheduled for retirement.

    And finally, to answer your last question, you cannot take an exam after it retires. When an exam retires it is gone for good. However, you will retain any certification that you had earned when you passed that exam. So if you passed Exam 70-433, for example, you would still retain your MCTS certification after July 31, 2013 when that exam retires.

    I hope I have answered your questions adequately. I wish you every success with your exams.

    James

    • Marked as answer by SH1988 Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:53 PM
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:33 PM
  • No, you don't have to take three exams. For a MCTS, one exam is sufficient. For instance, when you pass Exam 70-432, you complete the requirements for "MCTS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance". If you take other exams, you get other different MCTS certifications. If you want a MCSA then you need to complete 70-432 and 70-448.

    After these exams retire, you will no longer be able to take them. Those certifications that you have already achieved before the exams retire will continue to be valid.

    • Marked as answer by SH1988 Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:53 PM
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:35 PM
  • Any one of the three will earn you the MCTS designation.  If you're looking to earn the MCSA SQL Server 2008, then you'll need to take/pass both the 70-432 and 70-448 exams. 

    When an exam is retired, that means it's no longer available to take.  i.e. none of the SQL Server 2008 exams will be available after July 2013.

    • Marked as answer by SH1988 Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:53 PM
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:35 PM
    Answerer
  • I am 2 years experienced in Asp.Net 3.5, visual studio 2010, SQL server 2008 and c#.. M on a 1 year break now. Which certifications do u think would best suit my résumé.?
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:56 PM