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Re: Self software - Exam tests

Michael D. Alligood
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I understand that your question is a legitimate one, however lets look
at it differently.

First lets look at the use of practice tests. What are they for? Well,
they are to simulate as best they can without violating Microsoft's NDA
for exams. Are they a study guide? In my opinion, they can be but are a
poor substitute if you look at Windows XP study material as a whole. I
find a lot of individuals complain that they failed the exam BUT they
used "study guides" like Transcender, MeasureUP, Self Test, among
others. If all you're using is practice test to successfully negotiate
the actual exam, you will more than like fail -- or pass but without the
real knowledge you need to successfully live up to the certification

People ask me all the time (and ask others here as well), "How do I pass
the 70-271 and 70-272 exams?" The answer is obvious. Microsoft gives you
a list of "Skills Measured" on There
are tons of written books and audio material teach you want you need to
know about this operating system and how it functions. There are
training classes. There are online resources such as which for the most part are FREE. Hey
and lets not forget good 'ol hands on experience. Using a practice test
as your only (and easiest) way to pass the exam is not wise.

Let me ask you this concerning your post. You said that your Team Lead
will not approve the purchase of study material for this certification?
Is this a required certification for your position? Meaning will you be
let go if you do not possess this minimal certification for your
employment? If you feel that you are being treated unfairly in regards
to your employer not making the investment in your or other techs, try
negotiating. Ask if the employer is will to do a TLA (Tuition Loan
Agreement) where they pay for what you need to "LEARN" the operating
system and successfully pass the exam. A tuition loan agreement normally
works like this: The employer agrees to pay for your studies and in
return you agree to stay employed with that company for a set number of
months or years. If you decide to leave before completing your end of
the bargain, then you owe the company the cost of your studies that they
paid for.

All of this is not directed toward you. It is also for those individuals
reading that have the same question or are in the same boat as you. "How
do I pass the exam?"

Research, Study, Ask, Research. Then you schedule your exam, and knock
it out. I do hope this helps you in someway. Oh, to answer your
question, have I ever used the self test site before? No, I have not. I
used Self Test way in the past from study material that included it on
CDs in the back of the books.

Michael D. Alligood
Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
CIW Certified Instructor

"Scuba_Dave" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed):

> I just found out our work has an agreement where we can use these Self Tests
> for only $30 for a year.
> Has anyone used this site before?
> 2 Techs have already taken the 70-271 exam & failed, one of whom attended a
> training class. So far our Team Lead will not approve purchase of the Study
> guides
> Thank you

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