I have several years work experience in C++ and Unix (17\nyears in the programming field - no Microsoft experience)\nand after being layed-off 2 years ago, I decided learn more\nabout the latest technology by taking some certificates and\ncourses. I'm also hoping that the certificates (Java and\nMCAD) will help somehow to make me more employable. I took\nthe 70-315 and got a score of 753. I went through the\nKalini books, Transcender and MeasureUp practice tests and\nthe MOC books, where I took the courses. Not one of these\nsources alone covers everything. I thought the 70-315 test\nwas very difficult and there were many questions on\nmaterial I had not seen before. Then I took the 70-316\ntest and found it much easier, I used the same type of\nstudy material and scored 860 - well maybe there was a\nlearning curve with the 70-315. Then today I took the\n70-320 and felt that there were at least 14 questions I\nwasn't sure about or wasn't familiar with material. I\nscored 744.\n\nThe skills objectives for the exams covered an enormous\namount of material (breadth vs. depth)- which I felt was\neasy to understand - but there was just so much of it to\nlearn. The tests covered a small fraction of what I\nactually learned (and didn't learn). I memorized material\nand studied to understand the concepts. A lot of the\ndocumentation/articles on Visual Studio.NET and MSDN went\ninto a great deal more depth than what was expected on the\nexam and were interesting. Transcender questions cite\ntheir references which was helpful.