Onward, Through the Fog!
After you have assessed your readiness, undertaken the right
background studies, obtained the hands-on experience that will help
you understand the products and technologies at work, and reviewed
the many sources of information to help you prepare for a test, you
will be ready to take a round of practice tests. When your scores
come back positive enough to get you through the exam, you are
ready to go after the real thing. If you follow our assessment
Chapter 1. Microsoft Certification Exams
Terms you'll need to understand:
Techniques you'll need to master:
Taking an exam is not something most people anticipate eagerly,
no matter how well prepared they might be. In most cases,
Whether it is your 1st exam or your 10th, understanding the
details of taking the new exam (how much time to
This chapter explains the exam environment and software and describes some proven exam-taking strategies you can use to your advantage.
I strongly recommend that you read through and take the
Self-Assessment included with this book (it appears after the
Introduction). This will help you compare your knowledge base to
the requirements for obtaining a Microsoft Certified Application
Developer (MCAD) or Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)
for Microsoft .NET certification, and it will help you identify
After you have gone through the Self-Assessment, you can remedy topical areas in which your background or experience is lacking. You can also tackle subject matter for individual tests at the same time, so you can continue making progress while you are catching up in some areas.
After you have worked through an Exam Cram 2, read the
supplementary materials, and taken the practice test, you will have
a clear idea of when you should be ready to take the real exam.
Although I strongly recommend that you keep practicing until your
scores top the 75% mark, 80% is a better goal because it gives you
some margin for error when you are in an actual, stressful exam
situation. Keep taking practice tests and