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Discussion in 'MCDST' started by FMonster, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. FMonster

    FMonster Guest

    Hi Guys & Girls,

    I am in the process of studying for my MCDST and will take the exam in the
    next 10 days. I'm a bit concerned about the exam question though.

    I have the micosoft official study books (for 70-271 & 272) however I seem
    to be ok with the questions in the book, but the question in the measureup CD
    seem to be a lot harder (with multiple choice process options) which I seem
    to struggle with. Are the questions in the exams more towards the exams
    questions in the book or on the CD? I'm a bit concerend about the difference
    in my ability, although I think it might just be exam practice that I need.
    FMonster, Aug 31, 2006
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  2. FMonster

    Montreal MCT Guest

    Hi FMonster,

    In my experience the Readiness Review Suites are designed to be harder.
    When I say that understand that I am not being flippant, it is just the way
    it is. In Montreal I run a study group for MCSE courses based on the MS
    Press Self-Study books, and when we finished the module for 070-290 we told
    everyone to go home and take the Readiness Review Practice Exams. We did a
    survey, and of 11 people who passed the exam, not one of them scored higher
    than 60% on the Practice Exam.

    It was infuriating to me - it also gave me pause about my mastery of the
    subject - that before I took my MCDST exams earlier this week I would score
    as high as 80% and as low as 67% on the Practice Exams. I was worried that
    it was a borderline pass at best (according to the RR I failed them all).
    However I got to the exams and scored 883 and 918 respectively - so either
    Microsoft has a higher opinion of my abilities than Measure Up, else the
    Practice Tests are designed to really make you work.

    Our theory is they are as hard as they are so you will get to the exam and
    pass. Thinking about it, I would rather fail the Practice Exams (which
    forces me to redo them over and over, even though it never passes me!) and
    then pass the real exam, rather than have the Practice Exam tell me how good
    I am, and I fail the real deal. I am sure most of us would agree.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!

    M
    --
    MDG, MCT
    MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    Certified Small Business Specialist
    Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx


    "FMonster" wrote:

    > Hi Guys & Girls,
    >
    > I am in the process of studying for my MCDST and will take the exam in the
    > next 10 days. I'm a bit concerned about the exam question though.
    >
    > I have the micosoft official study books (for 70-271 & 272) however I seem
    > to be ok with the questions in the book, but the question in the measureup CD
    > seem to be a lot harder (with multiple choice process options) which I seem
    > to struggle with. Are the questions in the exams more towards the exams
    > questions in the book or on the CD? I'm a bit concerend about the difference
    > in my ability, although I think it might just be exam practice that I need.
    Montreal MCT, Aug 31, 2006
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  3. FMonster

    BW64 Guest

    Hello,

    I in the process in studying for my MCP Certification. Since there are a
    lot of certifications out there for Microsoft, I would like to know what
    credential I can study for to obtain an entry-level help desk position to
    start my IT career. Is the MCDST certification is the best one to study for?
    I brought a book already 70-271 is the book it need to get started on my
    studies?

    Thanks for your response.
    --
    Bruce Wms


    "Montreal MCT" wrote:

    > Hi FMonster,
    >
    > In my experience the Readiness Review Suites are designed to be harder.
    > When I say that understand that I am not being flippant, it is just the way
    > it is. In Montreal I run a study group for MCSE courses based on the MS
    > Press Self-Study books, and when we finished the module for 070-290 we told
    > everyone to go home and take the Readiness Review Practice Exams. We did a
    > survey, and of 11 people who passed the exam, not one of them scored higher
    > than 60% on the Practice Exam.
    >
    > It was infuriating to me - it also gave me pause about my mastery of the
    > subject - that before I took my MCDST exams earlier this week I would score
    > as high as 80% and as low as 67% on the Practice Exams. I was worried that
    > it was a borderline pass at best (according to the RR I failed them all).
    > However I got to the exams and scored 883 and 918 respectively - so either
    > Microsoft has a higher opinion of my abilities than Measure Up, else the
    > Practice Tests are designed to really make you work.
    >
    > Our theory is they are as hard as they are so you will get to the exam and
    > pass. Thinking about it, I would rather fail the Practice Exams (which
    > forces me to redo them over and over, even though it never passes me!) and
    > then pass the real exam, rather than have the Practice Exam tell me how good
    > I am, and I fail the real deal. I am sure most of us would agree.
    >
    > Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    >
    > M
    > --
    > MDG, MCT
    > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    >
    >
    > "FMonster" wrote:
    >
    > > Hi Guys & Girls,
    > >
    > > I am in the process of studying for my MCDST and will take the exam in the
    > > next 10 days. I'm a bit concerned about the exam question though.
    > >
    > > I have the micosoft official study books (for 70-271 & 272) however I seem
    > > to be ok with the questions in the book, but the question in the measureup CD
    > > seem to be a lot harder (with multiple choice process options) which I seem
    > > to struggle with. Are the questions in the exams more towards the exams
    > > questions in the book or on the CD? I'm a bit concerend about the difference
    > > in my ability, although I think it might just be exam practice that I need.
    BW64, Sep 1, 2006
    #3
  4. FMonster

    Montreal MCT Guest

    Hi BW64,

    I just took the MCDST exams this week and consider them to be the two easiet
    exams I have seen in the MCP program (with the possible exception of the
    original 070-282 exam). As they deal with Windows XP and applications
    chances are it is material you have already touched upon, so it will not be
    as long a process as many other certs.

    Good luck!

    M
    --
    MDG, MCT
    MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    Certified Small Business Specialist
    Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx


    "BW64" wrote:

    > Hello,
    >
    > I in the process in studying for my MCP Certification. Since there are a
    > lot of certifications out there for Microsoft, I would like to know what
    > credential I can study for to obtain an entry-level help desk position to
    > start my IT career. Is the MCDST certification is the best one to study for?
    > I brought a book already 70-271 is the book it need to get started on my
    > studies?
    >
    > Thanks for your response.
    > --
    > Bruce Wms
    >
    >
    > "Montreal MCT" wrote:
    >
    > > Hi FMonster,
    > >
    > > In my experience the Readiness Review Suites are designed to be harder.
    > > When I say that understand that I am not being flippant, it is just the way
    > > it is. In Montreal I run a study group for MCSE courses based on the MS
    > > Press Self-Study books, and when we finished the module for 070-290 we told
    > > everyone to go home and take the Readiness Review Practice Exams. We did a
    > > survey, and of 11 people who passed the exam, not one of them scored higher
    > > than 60% on the Practice Exam.
    > >
    > > It was infuriating to me - it also gave me pause about my mastery of the
    > > subject - that before I took my MCDST exams earlier this week I would score
    > > as high as 80% and as low as 67% on the Practice Exams. I was worried that
    > > it was a borderline pass at best (according to the RR I failed them all).
    > > However I got to the exams and scored 883 and 918 respectively - so either
    > > Microsoft has a higher opinion of my abilities than Measure Up, else the
    > > Practice Tests are designed to really make you work.
    > >
    > > Our theory is they are as hard as they are so you will get to the exam and
    > > pass. Thinking about it, I would rather fail the Practice Exams (which
    > > forces me to redo them over and over, even though it never passes me!) and
    > > then pass the real exam, rather than have the Practice Exam tell me how good
    > > I am, and I fail the real deal. I am sure most of us would agree.
    > >
    > > Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    > >
    > > M
    > > --
    > > MDG, MCT
    > > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    > > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    > >
    > >
    > > "FMonster" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Hi Guys & Girls,
    > > >
    > > > I am in the process of studying for my MCDST and will take the exam in the
    > > > next 10 days. I'm a bit concerned about the exam question though.
    > > >
    > > > I have the micosoft official study books (for 70-271 & 272) however I seem
    > > > to be ok with the questions in the book, but the question in the measureup CD
    > > > seem to be a lot harder (with multiple choice process options) which I seem
    > > > to struggle with. Are the questions in the exams more towards the exams
    > > > questions in the book or on the CD? I'm a bit concerend about the difference
    > > > in my ability, although I think it might just be exam practice that I need.
    Montreal MCT, Sep 2, 2006
    #4
  5. FMonster

    Sandy Guest

    Hi. I am having the same issue. I do very well (100%) with the book, and in
    the mid 80s with the readiness review practice exams. It does not help that
    some of the questions are incorrect. I have been studying for 8 weeks now,
    and think I am ready, then I take the readiness review test, and change my
    mind. Are there other places that I can get legal tests to practice with? I
    see many sites, but do not know which are illegal practice test and which are
    not. Thank-you!
    --
    SkM


    "Montreal MCT" wrote:

    > Hi FMonster,
    >
    > In my experience the Readiness Review Suites are designed to be harder.
    > When I say that understand that I am not being flippant, it is just the way
    > it is. In Montreal I run a study group for MCSE courses based on the MS
    > Press Self-Study books, and when we finished the module for 070-290 we told
    > everyone to go home and take the Readiness Review Practice Exams. We did a
    > survey, and of 11 people who passed the exam, not one of them scored higher
    > than 60% on the Practice Exam.
    >
    > It was infuriating to me - it also gave me pause about my mastery of the
    > subject - that before I took my MCDST exams earlier this week I would score
    > as high as 80% and as low as 67% on the Practice Exams. I was worried that
    > it was a borderline pass at best (according to the RR I failed them all).
    > However I got to the exams and scored 883 and 918 respectively - so either
    > Microsoft has a higher opinion of my abilities than Measure Up, else the
    > Practice Tests are designed to really make you work.
    >
    > Our theory is they are as hard as they are so you will get to the exam and
    > pass. Thinking about it, I would rather fail the Practice Exams (which
    > forces me to redo them over and over, even though it never passes me!) and
    > then pass the real exam, rather than have the Practice Exam tell me how good
    > I am, and I fail the real deal. I am sure most of us would agree.
    >
    > Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    >
    > M
    > --
    > MDG, MCT
    > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    >
    >
    > "FMonster" wrote:
    >
    > > Hi Guys & Girls,
    > >
    > > I am in the process of studying for my MCDST and will take the exam in the
    > > next 10 days. I'm a bit concerned about the exam question though.
    > >
    > > I have the micosoft official study books (for 70-271 & 272) however I seem
    > > to be ok with the questions in the book, but the question in the measureup CD
    > > seem to be a lot harder (with multiple choice process options) which I seem
    > > to struggle with. Are the questions in the exams more towards the exams
    > > questions in the book or on the CD? I'm a bit concerend about the difference
    > > in my ability, although I think it might just be exam practice that I need.
    Sandy, Sep 3, 2006
    #5
  6. FMonster

    Montreal MCT Guest

    Hi Sandy,

    In general you get what you pay for, which is why I would not trust any site
    that is giving them away for free.

    As I always suggest go to your local computer book seller and buy the
    Self-Paced Training books from Microsoft Press. They come with the Readiness
    Review Suites which for my money are the best practice exams I've ever needed!

    Mitch
    --
    MDG, MCT
    MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    Certified Small Business Specialist
    Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx


    "Sandy" wrote:

    > Hi. I am having the same issue. I do very well (100%) with the book, and in
    > the mid 80s with the readiness review practice exams. It does not help that
    > some of the questions are incorrect. I have been studying for 8 weeks now,
    > and think I am ready, then I take the readiness review test, and change my
    > mind. Are there other places that I can get legal tests to practice with? I
    > see many sites, but do not know which are illegal practice test and which are
    > not. Thank-you!
    > --
    > SkM
    >
    >
    > "Montreal MCT" wrote:
    >
    > > Hi FMonster,
    > >
    > > In my experience the Readiness Review Suites are designed to be harder.
    > > When I say that understand that I am not being flippant, it is just the way
    > > it is. In Montreal I run a study group for MCSE courses based on the MS
    > > Press Self-Study books, and when we finished the module for 070-290 we told
    > > everyone to go home and take the Readiness Review Practice Exams. We did a
    > > survey, and of 11 people who passed the exam, not one of them scored higher
    > > than 60% on the Practice Exam.
    > >
    > > It was infuriating to me - it also gave me pause about my mastery of the
    > > subject - that before I took my MCDST exams earlier this week I would score
    > > as high as 80% and as low as 67% on the Practice Exams. I was worried that
    > > it was a borderline pass at best (according to the RR I failed them all).
    > > However I got to the exams and scored 883 and 918 respectively - so either
    > > Microsoft has a higher opinion of my abilities than Measure Up, else the
    > > Practice Tests are designed to really make you work.
    > >
    > > Our theory is they are as hard as they are so you will get to the exam and
    > > pass. Thinking about it, I would rather fail the Practice Exams (which
    > > forces me to redo them over and over, even though it never passes me!) and
    > > then pass the real exam, rather than have the Practice Exam tell me how good
    > > I am, and I fail the real deal. I am sure most of us would agree.
    > >
    > > Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    > >
    > > M
    > > --
    > > MDG, MCT
    > > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    > > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    > >
    > >
    > > "FMonster" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Hi Guys & Girls,
    > > >
    > > > I am in the process of studying for my MCDST and will take the exam in the
    > > > next 10 days. I'm a bit concerned about the exam question though.
    > > >
    > > > I have the micosoft official study books (for 70-271 & 272) however I seem
    > > > to be ok with the questions in the book, but the question in the measureup CD
    > > > seem to be a lot harder (with multiple choice process options) which I seem
    > > > to struggle with. Are the questions in the exams more towards the exams
    > > > questions in the book or on the CD? I'm a bit concerend about the difference
    > > > in my ability, although I think it might just be exam practice that I need.
    Montreal MCT, Sep 5, 2006
    #6
  7. FMonster

    Sandy Guest

    Thank-you, I have scheduled the test for Friday, and spent the weekend
    reviewing the areas in the review suite that I did not do well on. I'll let
    you know how I do, but I feel good about it so I must be ready.
    --
    SkM


    "Montreal MCT" wrote:

    > Hi Sandy,
    >
    > In general you get what you pay for, which is why I would not trust any site
    > that is giving them away for free.
    >
    > As I always suggest go to your local computer book seller and buy the
    > Self-Paced Training books from Microsoft Press. They come with the Readiness
    > Review Suites which for my money are the best practice exams I've ever needed!
    >
    > Mitch
    > --
    > MDG, MCT
    > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    >
    >
    > "Sandy" wrote:
    >
    > > Hi. I am having the same issue. I do very well (100%) with the book, and in
    > > the mid 80s with the readiness review practice exams. It does not help that
    > > some of the questions are incorrect. I have been studying for 8 weeks now,
    > > and think I am ready, then I take the readiness review test, and change my
    > > mind. Are there other places that I can get legal tests to practice with? I
    > > see many sites, but do not know which are illegal practice test and which are
    > > not. Thank-you!
    > > --
    > > SkM
    > >
    > >
    > > "Montreal MCT" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Hi FMonster,
    > > >
    > > > In my experience the Readiness Review Suites are designed to be harder.
    > > > When I say that understand that I am not being flippant, it is just the way
    > > > it is. In Montreal I run a study group for MCSE courses based on the MS
    > > > Press Self-Study books, and when we finished the module for 070-290 we told
    > > > everyone to go home and take the Readiness Review Practice Exams. We did a
    > > > survey, and of 11 people who passed the exam, not one of them scored higher
    > > > than 60% on the Practice Exam.
    > > >
    > > > It was infuriating to me - it also gave me pause about my mastery of the
    > > > subject - that before I took my MCDST exams earlier this week I would score
    > > > as high as 80% and as low as 67% on the Practice Exams. I was worried that
    > > > it was a borderline pass at best (according to the RR I failed them all).
    > > > However I got to the exams and scored 883 and 918 respectively - so either
    > > > Microsoft has a higher opinion of my abilities than Measure Up, else the
    > > > Practice Tests are designed to really make you work.
    > > >
    > > > Our theory is they are as hard as they are so you will get to the exam and
    > > > pass. Thinking about it, I would rather fail the Practice Exams (which
    > > > forces me to redo them over and over, even though it never passes me!) and
    > > > then pass the real exam, rather than have the Practice Exam tell me how good
    > > > I am, and I fail the real deal. I am sure most of us would agree.
    > > >
    > > > Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    > > >
    > > > M
    > > > --
    > > > MDG, MCT
    > > > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    > > > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > > > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "FMonster" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > Hi Guys & Girls,
    > > > >
    > > > > I am in the process of studying for my MCDST and will take the exam in the
    > > > > next 10 days. I'm a bit concerned about the exam question though.
    > > > >
    > > > > I have the micosoft official study books (for 70-271 & 272) however I seem
    > > > > to be ok with the questions in the book, but the question in the measureup CD
    > > > > seem to be a lot harder (with multiple choice process options) which I seem
    > > > > to struggle with. Are the questions in the exams more towards the exams
    > > > > questions in the book or on the CD? I'm a bit concerend about the difference
    > > > > in my ability, although I think it might just be exam practice that I need.
    Sandy, Sep 5, 2006
    #7
  8. FMonster

    FMonster Guest

    Hey Montreal,

    Passed the 70-271 today with a score of 766. Was a bit annoyed at my score
    as felt I could have done better but to be honest there were a few things
    they asked me that were not in the book, so I take the pass.

    Thanks for your advice. On to 70-272 now (I heard it's a bit easier?)

    FMonster.

    "Montreal MCT" wrote:

    > Hi FMonster,
    >
    > In my experience the Readiness Review Suites are designed to be harder.
    > When I say that understand that I am not being flippant, it is just the way
    > it is. In Montreal I run a study group for MCSE courses based on the MS
    > Press Self-Study books, and when we finished the module for 070-290 we told
    > everyone to go home and take the Readiness Review Practice Exams. We did a
    > survey, and of 11 people who passed the exam, not one of them scored higher
    > than 60% on the Practice Exam.
    >
    > It was infuriating to me - it also gave me pause about my mastery of the
    > subject - that before I took my MCDST exams earlier this week I would score
    > as high as 80% and as low as 67% on the Practice Exams. I was worried that
    > it was a borderline pass at best (according to the RR I failed them all).
    > However I got to the exams and scored 883 and 918 respectively - so either
    > Microsoft has a higher opinion of my abilities than Measure Up, else the
    > Practice Tests are designed to really make you work.
    >
    > Our theory is they are as hard as they are so you will get to the exam and
    > pass. Thinking about it, I would rather fail the Practice Exams (which
    > forces me to redo them over and over, even though it never passes me!) and
    > then pass the real exam, rather than have the Practice Exam tell me how good
    > I am, and I fail the real deal. I am sure most of us would agree.
    >
    > Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    >
    > M
    > --
    > MDG, MCT
    > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    >
    >
    > "FMonster" wrote:
    >
    > > Hi Guys & Girls,
    > >
    > > I am in the process of studying for my MCDST and will take the exam in the
    > > next 10 days. I'm a bit concerned about the exam question though.
    > >
    > > I have the micosoft official study books (for 70-271 & 272) however I seem
    > > to be ok with the questions in the book, but the question in the measureup CD
    > > seem to be a lot harder (with multiple choice process options) which I seem
    > > to struggle with. Are the questions in the exams more towards the exams
    > > questions in the book or on the CD? I'm a bit concerend about the difference
    > > in my ability, although I think it might just be exam practice that I need.
    FMonster, Sep 13, 2006
    #8
  9. I found that too
    "FMonster" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi Guys & Girls,
    >
    > I am in the process of studying for my MCDST and will take the exam in the
    > next 10 days. I'm a bit concerned about the exam question though.
    >
    > I have the micosoft official study books (for 70-271 & 272) however I seem
    > to be ok with the questions in the book, but the question in the measureup
    > CD
    > seem to be a lot harder (with multiple choice process options) which I
    > seem
    > to struggle with. Are the questions in the exams more towards the exams
    > questions in the book or on the CD? I'm a bit concerend about the
    > difference
    > in my ability, although I think it might just be exam practice that I
    > need.
    >
    Philippa Bursey, Oct 22, 2006
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