70-515 or 70-486 + 70-487 ? RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    I'm more or less a complete beginner in the .NET world. I want to prove to my employers my ASP.NET proficiency. I have already passed the 70-480 last december and right now I'm studying for 70-483 (Programming in C#).  The idea was that I can't really touch the ASP.NET web pages stuff without knowing either VB or C# first. After this exam, should I take 70-515 or 70-486 ? What is more in demand right now ? Seems like 70-515  is more about generic ASP.NET whereas 70-486 concerns itself a lot with MVC. Doing 70-486 and 70-487 seems more lucrative as I would get a MCSD in web apps (I have a 2 for 1 voucher as well) but it seems like a really difficult task for a beginner like me.  I may only have 3 months to prepare for both these exams if I were to utilize my 2 for one voucher as the end date for it is 31 may 2014.

    70-515 seems a bit easier at first glance because I saw a few objectives were on front end stuff (jquery, ajax) and then a few chapters on the web forms which I worked on in a 1 school project several years ago.

    Please advise.

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 8:55 PM


  • Hi, aks86.

    Congratulations on passing exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3!

    • Exam 70-515 is an older exam based on (old-fashioned) ASP.NET Forms programming and ASP.NET MVC 2. It is based on Visual Studio 2010.
    • Exam 70-486 is a newer exam based strictly on the newer ASP.NET MVC 4.0 using .NET 4.5. it is based on Visual Studio 2012.

    Because you have already passed 70-480, you are just two (2) exams away from earning the certification title MCSD: Web Applications.

    Most people who take and pass exams are trying to earn one of the titles - MCSA, MCSD, or MCSE. My opinion: These premiere certification titles demand more respect than the simple passing of individual exams. I recommend going for your MCSD by passing 70-486 and 70-487.

    Clarification: A few individual exams (such as 70-480 and 70-483) do give you a different certification title: Specialist. There are only six (6) exams that give you a Specialist title, shown here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/specialist-certification.aspx I just passed 70-483 yesterday and am still waiting for it to appear on my transcript.

    My experience: I passed these three exams in October and November last year. I was running short of time when I took 70-480 but I had plenty of time for the other two exams. I failed the MVC exam so I took it again and passed it a few weeks later after studying the topics where I was weak.

    There is much greater demand in today's industry for the newer ASP.NET MVC rather than the classic ASP.NET Forms. Folks want to take advantage of all that 70-480 tasty goodness you were tested on (HTML5, CSS3, JS) and it's much more complicated to do that with ASP.NET Forms, where all the code is written for you by the drag-and-drop controls.

    You may want to take some training on these topics. For example, Microsoft offers free training at Microsoft Virtual Academy here: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/

    Otherwise, you may want to consider purchasing study books specific to these exams from Amazon. For example, here is the study guide for 70-486: http://www.amazon.com/Exam-Ref-70-486-Developing-Applications/dp/0735677220 Be sure to always read the user reviews to see if they are good study guides or not.

    Chris Myers offers free study guides for these two exams (70-486 and 70-487). Check them out here: http://www.bloggedbychris.com/2012/11/06/microsoft-exam-70-486-study-guide/ and http://www.bloggedbychris.com/2013/01/09/microsoft-exam-70-487-study-guide/

    Don't give up if you fail. No one can see those; only passed exams appear on your transcript. You can do this.

    Good luck!

    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:34 PM