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Jsaunders
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      01-26-2007
I am required to obtain my MCDST but I am responsible for the study material.
I have looked around and $200 to $500 is a more than I can afford. Any
suggestion on a good study guide for the working class guy.
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TurkReno
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      01-26-2007
=?Utf-8?B?SnNhdW5kZXJz?= <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote
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> I am required to obtain my MCDST but I am responsible for the study
> material. I have looked around and $200 to $500 is a more than I can
> afford. Any suggestion on a good study guide for the working class
> guy.
> --
> Jsaunders
>


The books from Microsoft Press that are Edition two, not edition one.
That's what I'd go for. They're self-paced study guides.
 
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wagnerk
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      01-26-2007
Can I assume that doesn't include the cost of the exams? Because the exam
prices already come to over $200. Ok assuming that the cost of exams are
separate from your study costs. Take alook here:

http://www.getcertifiedforless.com/microsoft.asp

You can buy a exam voucher plus transcender practice tests for $199 ($115
for the exam - regular price for exam is $150, and $75 for the practice
tests), for the MCDST you'll need 2 exam vouchers as the MCDST is 2 exams.

MCDST: Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician Study Guide (Exams 70
- 271 and 70 - 272) for $39.59 from Amazon.com and

MCDST 70-271 &70-272 Exam Cram 2 Bundle (Supporting Users and
Troubleshooting a Windows Xp Operating System) (Paperback) from Amazon.com
for $39.20

or

MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-271): Supporting Users and
Troubleshooting a Microsoft(r) Windows(r) XP Operating System, Second
(Hardcover) for $32.39 from Amazon.com and

MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-272): Supporting Users
andTroubleshooting Desktop Applications on Microsoft(r) Windows(r) XP, Second
Edition (Hardcover) $32.39 from Amazon.com

Transcender practice exams with the Sybex & Examcram books = $153.79 (exc
exam costs)
Transcender practice exams with the MSPress books = $139.78 (exc exam costs)

I'm assuming that you already have a PC and running Windows XP and have some
experience with the OS. Prices are right at time of post

Hope this helps

-Ken
 
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AJR
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      01-26-2007
Do you have a local Barnes ad Noble bookstore? That's where I spent time
preparing for MCDST.

"Jsaunders" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>I am required to obtain my MCDST but I am responsible for the study
>material.
> I have looked around and $200 to $500 is a more than I can afford. Any
> suggestion on a good study guide for the working class guy.
> --
> Jsaunders



 
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Michael D. Alligood
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      01-27-2007
All good advice from the respondents above. Remember Microsoft's TechNet
site (http://www.microsoft.com/technet) is free. Here is the direct link
to TechNet's Windows XP site. Pay special attention to the "TASKS"
subsection. That is very rich with information you need.

Also visit http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-271.mspx#EOD and
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-272.mspx#EQD for the "Skills
Measured" as prescribed by Microsoft. Go thru the objectives one at a
time and review the material for each objective. You always have this
and other newsgroups which are also free to use.

Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Good luck.

--
Michael D. Alligood
MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
CIW Certified Instructor

http://www.yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom



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

> I am required to obtain my MCDST but I am responsible for the study material.
> I have looked around and $200 to $500 is a more than I can afford. Any
> suggestion on a good study guide for the working class guy.
> --
> Jsaunders


 
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LarryWestMCSD
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      01-29-2007
regular price for exam is $150, ????????????

Where is the exam $150? Here in the US, it is still $125, less if you can
find a voucher such as on eBay.
I agree with the ones who said go to TechNet and Barnes and Nobles.
If you have a used bookstore in town, they may not know that the MCDST exams
are still active, and you may get them for cheap.
--
Larry J. West, MCSD, MCPD, MCTS:SQL Server 2005, MOUS, FLMI, ACS


"wagnerk" wrote:

> Can I assume that doesn't include the cost of the exams? Because the exam
> prices already come to over $200. Ok assuming that the cost of exams are
> separate from your study costs. Take alook here:
>
> http://www.getcertifiedforless.com/microsoft.asp
>
> You can buy a exam voucher plus transcender practice tests for $199 ($115
> for the exam - regular price for exam is $150, and $75 for the practice
> tests), for the MCDST you'll need 2 exam vouchers as the MCDST is 2 exams.
>
> MCDST: Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician Study Guide (Exams 70
> - 271 and 70 - 272) for $39.59 from Amazon.com and
>
> MCDST 70-271 &70-272 Exam Cram 2 Bundle (Supporting Users and
> Troubleshooting a Windows Xp Operating System) (Paperback) from Amazon.com
> for $39.20
>
> or
>
> MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-271): Supporting Users and
> Troubleshooting a Microsoft(r) Windows(r) XP Operating System, Second
> (Hardcover) for $32.39 from Amazon.com and
>
> MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-272): Supporting Users
> andTroubleshooting Desktop Applications on Microsoft(r) Windows(r) XP, Second
> Edition (Hardcover) $32.39 from Amazon.com
>
> Transcender practice exams with the Sybex & Examcram books = $153.79 (exc
> exam costs)
> Transcender practice exams with the MSPress books = $139.78 (exc exam costs)
>
> I'm assuming that you already have a PC and running Windows XP and have some
> experience with the OS. Prices are right at time of post
>
> Hope this helps
>
> -Ken

 
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Manuel Moore
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      01-29-2007
On Mon, 29 Jan 2007 11:47:01 -0800, LarryWestMCSD
<LarryWest-at-hotmail-dot-com> wrote:

> regular price for exam is $150, ????????????
>
>Where is the exam $150? Here in the US, it is still $125, less if you can
>find a voucher such as on eBay.
>I agree with the ones who said go to TechNet and Barnes and Nobles.
>If you have a used bookstore in town, they may not know that the MCDST exams
>are still active, and you may get them for cheap.


Well, I don't quite doubt that exams are that expensive.
Over here in Germany we pay 140 plus tax (altogether roughly 200$)
per exam.
The company that I am training with is including the vouchers for the
exams but you still have to pay for it.
 
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Jsaunders
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      01-30-2007
The Tests are pass but the study material is one my dime. Thanks for the
suggestions.
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Jsaunders


"Michael D. Alligood" wrote:

> All good advice from the respondents above. Remember Microsoft's TechNet
> site (http://www.microsoft.com/technet) is free. Here is the direct link
> to TechNet's Windows XP site. Pay special attention to the "TASKS"
> subsection. That is very rich with information you need.
>
> Also visit http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-271.mspx#EOD and
> http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-272.mspx#EQD for the "Skills
> Measured" as prescribed by Microsoft. Go thru the objectives one at a
> time and review the material for each objective. You always have this
> and other newsgroups which are also free to use.
>
> Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Good luck.
>
> --
> Michael D. Alligood
> MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
> Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
> CIW Certified Instructor
>
> http://www.yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom
>
>
>
> "Jsaunders" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:(E-Mail Removed):
>
> > I am required to obtain my MCDST but I am responsible for the study material.
> > I have looked around and $200 to $500 is a more than I can afford. Any
> > suggestion on a good study guide for the working class guy.
> > --
> > Jsaunders

>
>

 
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Montreal MCT
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      01-31-2007
$125US = $150 Canadian approximately.

Of course I'll happily offer my 15% discount voucher code to anyone who
wants it (apparently invalid in the USA):

MSAU21211B52
(valid at Pearson/Vue only)

Good luck!

M

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MCT, MCSA, MCDST, MCTS, MCP
President Emeritus, Montreal IT Professionals Community (www.mitpro.ca)
Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Customer Experience
Microsoft Small Business Specialist
Visit my blog at:
http://dnn.mitpro.ca/mitpro/Blogs/ta...2/Default.aspx


"LarryWestMCSD" <LarryWest-at-hotmail-dot-com> wrote in message
news(E-Mail Removed)...
> regular price for exam is $150, ????????????
>
> Where is the exam $150? Here in the US, it is still $125, less if you can
> find a voucher such as on eBay.
> I agree with the ones who said go to TechNet and Barnes and Nobles.
> If you have a used bookstore in town, they may not know that the MCDST
> exams
> are still active, and you may get them for cheap.
> --
> Larry J. West, MCSD, MCPD, MCTS:SQL Server 2005, MOUS, FLMI, ACS
>
>
> "wagnerk" wrote:
>
>> Can I assume that doesn't include the cost of the exams? Because the
>> exam
>> prices already come to over $200. Ok assuming that the cost of exams are
>> separate from your study costs. Take alook here:
>>
>> http://www.getcertifiedforless.com/microsoft.asp
>>
>> You can buy a exam voucher plus transcender practice tests for $199 ($115
>> for the exam - regular price for exam is $150, and $75 for the practice
>> tests), for the MCDST you'll need 2 exam vouchers as the MCDST is 2
>> exams.
>>
>> MCDST: Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician Study Guide (Exams
>> 70
>> - 271 and 70 - 272) for $39.59 from Amazon.com and
>>
>> MCDST 70-271 &70-272 Exam Cram 2 Bundle (Supporting Users and
>> Troubleshooting a Windows Xp Operating System) (Paperback) from
>> Amazon.com
>> for $39.20
>>
>> or
>>
>> MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-271): Supporting Users and
>> Troubleshooting a Microsoft(r) Windows(r) XP Operating System, Second
>> (Hardcover) for $32.39 from Amazon.com and
>>
>> MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-272): Supporting Users
>> andTroubleshooting Desktop Applications on Microsoft(r) Windows(r) XP,
>> Second
>> Edition (Hardcover) $32.39 from Amazon.com
>>
>> Transcender practice exams with the Sybex & Examcram books = $153.79 (exc
>> exam costs)
>> Transcender practice exams with the MSPress books = $139.78 (exc exam
>> costs)
>>
>> I'm assuming that you already have a PC and running Windows XP and have
>> some
>> experience with the OS. Prices are right at time of post
>>
>> Hope this helps
>>
>> -Ken


 
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