Lucky Number 7 for Next-Gen .NET Exams

Microsoft exams soon to be flying out of testing centers worldwide...well, at least for those of you interested in getting certified under the next-generation MCP exams for .NET experts.

Microsoft is expected to release no less than seven next-generation MCP exams for .NET experts this Friday, May 26. Four of the exams are key for MCAD- and MCSD-to-MCPD upgraders. Registration for these exams is currently open at Pearson Vue and Thomson Prometric testing centers worldwide.

Two of the exams being released target MCAD titleholders who want to upgrade to the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer certification:

According to information on the Microsoft Learning Web site, MCADs can pass one of these exams in lieu of having to pass the three exams needed to fulfill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer: .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications or MCPD: Windows Applications.

Also newly released are two exams aimed at MCSD upgraders:

MCSDs need to pass both exams to achieve MCPD: Enterprise Applications Developer status, bypassing the five exams needed through normal methods.

The other three exams are aimed at candidates taking the normal path to .NET certification:

Exam 70-547 counts toward the MCPD: Web Applications title; exam 70-548 counts toward MCPD: Windows Applications. Candidates for those titles still need to pass two exams to obtain MCTS status prior to Microsoft issuing the MCPD designations. Exam 70-549 is one of five exams needed to fulfill the MCPD: Enterprise Applications Developer title using the traditional path.

All exams are about $125 in the U.S.

About the Author

Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.


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