For those questions that have only one right answer, usually two or three of the answers are obviously incorrect, and two of the answers are plausible. Unless the answer leaps out at you (if it does, reread the question to look for a trick; sometimes those are the ones you're most likely to get wrong), begin the process of answering by eliminating those answers that are most obviously wrong.
At least one answer out of the possible choices for a question can usually be eliminated immediately because it matches one of these conditions:
After you eliminate all answers that are obviously wrong, you can apply your retained knowledge to eliminate further answers. Look for items that sound correct but refer to actions, commands, or features that are not present or not available in the situation that the question describes.
If you're still faced with a blind guess among two or more
You should guess at an answer only after you've exhausted your ability to eliminate answers and are still unclear about which of the remaining possibilities is correct. An unanswered question offers you no points, but guessing gives you at least some chance of answering a question right; just don't be too hasty when making a blind guess.
Numerous questions assume that the default behavior of a particular utility is in effect. If you know the defaults and understand what they mean, this knowledge will help you cut through many Gordian knots. Simple "final" actions may be critical as well. If a utility must be restarted before proposed changes take effect, a correct answer may require this step as well.
Mastering the Inner Game
In the final analysis, knowledge gives confidence, and confidence breeds success. If you study the materials in this book
After you've worked your way through the book, take the practice exam in the back of the book. Taking this test provides a reality check and helps you identify areas to study further. Make sure you follow up and review materials
If you take a practice exam and don't get at least 80 “90% of the questions correct, keep practicing. Microsoft provides links to practice exam providers and also self-assessment exams at http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcpexams/prepare/.
Armed with the information in this book and with the determination to augment your knowledge, you should be able to pass the certification exam. However, you need to work at it, or you'll
More Exam Preparation Tips
Generic exam-preparation advice is always useful. Following are some tips:
Tips for During the Exam Session
The following generic
Besides considering the basic preparation and test-taking advice presented so far, you also need to consider the challenges presented by the different exam designs, as described in the following sections.
Tips for Fixed-Form Exams
Because a fixed-form exam is
Tips for Adaptive Exams
If you are planning to take an adaptive exam, keep these additional tips in mind:
Tips for Case Study Exams
The case study exam format calls for unique study and exam-taking strategies:
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