The Macromedia Certified Professional Program
This is where certification comes into play. Formal, official certification by Macromedia helps to mark a threshold that explicitly sets apart designers by their knowledge and experience, making it possible to identify the true experts.
The Certified Flash MX Designer certification is one in a series of certification tracks from Macromedia. This one is aimed at designers using Macromedia Flash MX. Other exams and certification programs being developed concentrate on other products and areas of expertise.
Reasons to Get Certified
There's really only one important reason for a Flash designer to become certified: Being able to call yourself a Macromedia Certified Flash MX Designer means you can command the respect and recognition that goes along with being one of the best at what you do.
Just as has
Whether being certified helps you find a new or better job, helps persuade your boss that the pay raise you want is justified, helps you find new
About the Exam
Becoming a Certified Flash MX Designer requires being
How You'll Take the Exam
The exam is a set of multiple-choice and true/false questions that you answer
In the test you're presented with each question and the possible answers. Some questions have a single correct answer, while others have two or more (you'll be told how many answers to provide). If a question stumps you, you can skip it and come back to it later.
After you have
You will be required to pay the full exam fee each time you take the certification exam.
What You'll Be Tested On
Being a Flash MX expert requires knowing more than just how to use all the menu items. As such, the exam includes questions on related technologies. You will be tested on the following subjects:
Every question counts, and you can't assume that one particular topic is more or less significant than the others. You need to know it all, and you need to know it all well.
Preparing for the Exam
The most important preparation for the exam is using Flash MX itself. If you don't use it regularly or haven't done so for an extended period, you probably won't pass the exam.
Having said that, we can tell you that many
This is where this book fits in. This book is not a cheat sheet. It won't teach you Flash from scratch, nor will it give you a list of things to remember to pass the test. What it will do is help you systematically review every feature and technology in the producteverything you need to know to pass the test.
Where to Take the Exam
To offer the exams worldwide, in as many locations as possible, Macromedia has partnered with a company called VUE, which offers exams and certification programs for a wide range of companies and products, and has more than 2,500 regional testing facilities in more than 100
You can take the Macromedia Flash MX Designer exam at any VUE testing center. For a current list of locations, visit the Web site:
How Much It Costs
The fee to take the exam in North America is $150 (U.S.). Pricing in other countries varies. The fee must be paid at the time you register for the exam. If you need to cancel, you must do so at least 24 hours before the exam, or the fee will not be refunded.
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