This section of the book provides you with some general guidelines for preparing for the exam "Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework" (exam 70-310). It is organized into three parts . The first part addresses your pre-exam preparation activities and covers general study tips. This is followed by an extended look at the Microsoft Certification exams, including a number of specific tips that apply to the Microsoft exam formats. Finally, changes in Microsoft's testing policies and how they might affect you are discussed.
To better understand the nature of preparation for the test, it is important to understand learning as a process. You probably are aware of how you best learn new material. You might find that outlining works best for you, or you might need to see things as a visual learner. Whatever your learning style, test preparation takes place over time. Obviously, you can't start studying for this exam the night before you take it; it is very important to understand that learning is a developmental process. Understanding it as a process helps you focus on what you know and what you have yet to learn.
Thinking about how you learn should help you recognize that learning takes place when you are able to match new information to old. You have some previous experience with computers and software development, and now you are preparing for this certification exam. Using this book, software, and supplementary materials will not just add incrementally to what you know; as you study; you actually change the organization of your knowledge and integrate this new information into your existing knowledge base. This leads you to a more comprehensive understanding of the tasks and concepts outlined in the objectives as well as of computing in general. Again, this happens as a repetitive process rather than as a single event. Keep this model of learning in mind as you prepare for the exam, and you will make good decisions concerning what to study and how much more studying you need to do.