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Discussion in 'MCDST' started by Chris C, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. Chris C

    Chris C Guest

    I am starting preparing for MCDST and was just wondering what peoples
    thoughts were on why books, practice tests and a whole load of other
    materials are all required to prepare you for the test woudl it not make more
    sense to have a practical exam were you actually proved you can investigate
    and troubleshoot and resolve problems with XP. Seems everything you do with
    Microsoft is cost cost cost!
     
    Chris C, Feb 5, 2008
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  2. Chris C

    Chris Lobban Guest

    Perhaps, it would. But it would also make sense if there was a period
    somewhere before the fifth line of that sentence, because it's extremely
    hard to read.

    As to your question, it seems that it's impossible to answer, because
    it's based on a faulty premise. You're asking 'why books, practice tests
    and a whole load of other materials are all required to prepare...'.
    When I took the MCDST exams I didn't use any books or practice tests or
    other materials to prepare, because I felt that I'd already been
    preparing for about 5 years at that point, by working my day-to-day job.
    So even if the test isn't entirely practical (although there are
    simulations in it), if you do have enough practical experience you
    should be able to pass the test without all the other expensive stuff.

    Chris
     
    Chris Lobban, Feb 5, 2008
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    Chris C Guest

    Nice one Chris I have 4 years experience and have a degree in Computer
    Networking so may do some study but think I have enough knowledge to go for it
     
    Chris C, Feb 5, 2008
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  4. And again, no punctuation.

    Let me start with your first epiphany which states, "seems everything
    you do with Microsoft is cost cost cost!" Is this not with everything in
    life? So now that Microsoft is this huge multi-billion company, they
    should just stop and say, "Geez, you know we have all this money now.
    Perhaps we should think about becoming a non-for-profit company." The
    cost is there because the demand is there. Besides, the costs of the
    books, practice exams and other study material you mentioned are not set
    by Microsoft! They are set by the publishers of those materials, which
    want to... wait for it... make a profit.

    You made the point of suggestion a "practical exam were you actually
    proved you can investigate and troubleshoot and resolve problems with
    XP." Great point! I wish someone would have thought about that before
    <see over 1 million similar post in newsgroups>. Think about this for a
    moment. If you are complaining about cost now, how much do you think the
    cost of the exams will increase if this suggestion becomes reality? I am
    not saying this is a bad suggestion. However, it is a bad form when you
    just complained about the price of tea in China.

    Also just so you know, your 4 years experience and degree in Computer
    Networking doesn't mean much if you don't know the objectives for the
    exam. With that said, good luck in your pursuit.

    --
    Michael D. Alligood, MCITP, MCTS, MCSA, MCDST
    The I.T. Classroom - http://www.theitclassroom.com/
    CertGuard, Inc. - http://www.certguard.com/
    Microsoft Exam Security Newsgroup -
    microsoft.public.certification.exam.security
     
    Michael D. Alligood [CertGuard, Inc.], Feb 5, 2008
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