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  • A few questions about the MCSA (server 2008 exam specifically, consisting of 70-640, 70-642 & 70-646) test that I can't find elsewhere 

    1) Being there are 3 exams, do most people take the exams/studying as 3 seperate tasks or take the exams in one day?

    2) In the case of failure of an exam, how many times can you retake? Also, is there a time limit that you must wait before retaking it?

    3) Is there a guide/information on how the tests are taken (i.e. are they multiple choice, lab demonstrations/examples), etc. 

    Thanks in advance and if these answers are available somewhere, please let me know.

    Monday, January 14, 2013 3:31 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    I can tell you that when I study, I often look at a bunch of related exams at the same time because there is often some overlap between the exams. I usually complete a practice exam if one is available.

    1. When you register for the exams, you may be able to schedule more than one exam for the same day. This is a personal preference. I tend to like to take as many exams in a day as I can because I don't often have the time to take exams. Be aware that taking multiple exams in a day is mentally exhausting. With regards to preparing for exams, take a look at these two web sites: http://www.measureup.com/ and https://www.selftestsoftware.com/. Both companies provide practice exam products for Microsoft exams.

    2. This link answers a wide variety of questions regarding policies for Microsoft exams, including retake policies: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/in/certification/exam-policies.aspx#retake  Please note that Microsoft Learning in conjunction with Prometric is running a promotion called Second Shot. If you do not pass an exam the first time you can take the exam one more time for free. You do need to sign up for this program before you register to take the exam. Please see this web page for more details: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/second-shot.aspx

    3. Here is a link to a post about question types that you might find on items: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/CertGeneral/thread/47aedf10-ea1b-4628-a116-263760e4db50

    Good luck!


    Mike Corkery, MCT, MVP (Office Systems), MCSD (Windows Store Apps), MCITP, MCPD, MSF, etc. Please do not forget to click “Vote as Helpful” if any post helps you and "Mark as Answer”if it solves the issue.

    Monday, January 14, 2013 4:00 PM
    Moderator
  • 1. I would suggest doing one exam at a time. Generally people go with 640 then 642 then 646, some people also switch it around and do 642 then 640 then 646. It's a TON of material, so i wouldn't expect someone to sit down, read all of the material then take each exam. These exams are pretty complicated, don't think it's like the A+ or school midterm. These exams are some of the more difficult ones out there.

    2. See MS's retake policy. Right now they have a second shot program that allows you to retake your failed exam for free. Checkout the details here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/second-shot.aspx

    3. It varies and anyone telling you specific information on how the exam is laid out is violating MS's exam policy agreement. It can be any of the ones you mentioned.

    Monday, January 14, 2013 6:58 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    I can tell you that when I study, I often look at a bunch of related exams at the same time because there is often some overlap between the exams. I usually complete a practice exam if one is available.

    1. When you register for the exams, you may be able to schedule more than one exam for the same day. This is a personal preference. I tend to like to take as many exams in a day as I can because I don't often have the time to take exams. Be aware that taking multiple exams in a day is mentally exhausting. With regards to preparing for exams, take a look at these two web sites: http://www.measureup.com/ and https://www.selftestsoftware.com/. Both companies provide practice exam products for Microsoft exams.

    2. This link answers a wide variety of questions regarding policies for Microsoft exams, including retake policies: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/in/certification/exam-policies.aspx#retake  Please note that Microsoft Learning in conjunction with Prometric is running a promotion called Second Shot. If you do not pass an exam the first time you can take the exam one more time for free. You do need to sign up for this program before you register to take the exam. Please see this web page for more details: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/second-shot.aspx

    3. Here is a link to a post about question types that you might find on items: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/CertGeneral/thread/47aedf10-ea1b-4628-a116-263760e4db50

    Good luck!


    Mike Corkery, MCT, MVP (Office Systems), MCSD (Windows Store Apps), MCITP, MCPD, MSF, etc. Please do not forget to click “Vote as Helpful” if any post helps you and "Mark as Answer”if it solves the issue.

    Monday, January 14, 2013 4:00 PM
    Moderator
  • 1. I would suggest doing one exam at a time. Generally people go with 640 then 642 then 646, some people also switch it around and do 642 then 640 then 646. It's a TON of material, so i wouldn't expect someone to sit down, read all of the material then take each exam. These exams are pretty complicated, don't think it's like the A+ or school midterm. These exams are some of the more difficult ones out there.

    2. See MS's retake policy. Right now they have a second shot program that allows you to retake your failed exam for free. Checkout the details here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/second-shot.aspx

    3. It varies and anyone telling you specific information on how the exam is laid out is violating MS's exam policy agreement. It can be any of the ones you mentioned.

    Monday, January 14, 2013 6:58 PM
  • Thank you both for the info!
    Tuesday, January 15, 2013 2:49 AM