Taking a Certification Exam
After you've prepared for your exam, you need to register with a testing center. In the United States and Canada, tests are administered by
To sign up for a test, you must possess a valid credit card or contact either Prometric or VUE for mailing instructions to send a check (in the United States). Only when payment is
To schedule an exam, register online or through a telephone at least one day in advance. To cancel or reschedule an exam, you must call before 7 p.m. PST the day before the scheduled test (
After you sign up for a test, you are told when and where the test is scheduled. You should try to
All exams are completely closed book. In fact, you are not permitted to take anything with you into the testing area, but you are given a few blank sheets of paper and a pen or, in some cases, an erasable plastic sheet and a marker. We suggest that you immediately write down on that sheet of paper all the information you've memorized for the test. In Exam Cram 2 books, this information appears on a tear-out sheet inside the front cover of each book. You are given some time to compose yourself, record this information, and take a sample orientation exam before you begin the real thing. We suggest that you take the orientation test before taking your first exam, but because all the certification exams are more or less identical in layout, behavior, and controls, you probably don't need to do this more than once.
When you complete a Microsoft certification exam, the software
Tracking MCP Status
As soon as you pass any Microsoft exam, you attain MCP status.
Microsoft generates transcripts that
After you pass the necessary set of exams, you are certified. Microsoft sends you a Welcome Kit in about six to eight weeks. The kit contains a certificate that is suitable for framing, along with a wallet card and lapel pin. In addition, you get a number of other benefits, such as
Many people believe that the industry recognition of the MCP/
MCAD/MCSD credential goes well beyond the perks that Microsoft
provides to newly anointed