Exam 70-292 - KNOWN ISSUE (UK) + 70-296 + 70-29n

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by Matt, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. Matt

    Matt Guest

    All,

    I have just taken 70-292 in the UK, and I lost about one
    minute between each question! While the next question
    loaded. The timer also kept on running. By the end of
    the test I most have lost between 30 and 45 minutes!

    When I spoke with the test centre administrator he
    informed me that this problem has been going on for a
    while. The engine crashed on me, and the survey part
    didn't load, and wouldn't come back!

    I have been speaking with the exam group (Thomson
    Prometric) and have finally found that they have known
    about this problem for, at least, several weeks BUT DON'T
    advise you when you book the exam that the product is
    defective.

    They also claim Microsoft is aware of this situation, but
    don't seem overly concerned about fixing it. It is nice
    to know that Microsoft cares so much about it's MCSAs &
    MCSEs and encouraging them to upgrade their certification
    with a defective set of exams.

    The exam group told me that this problem also affects all
    70-29x exams, apart from 297 & 298.

    If you are planning on taking any of these exams, then I
    would strongly recommend speaking to the exam group to
    book it, and ask about the problems, as you may be able to
    get extra time added (I have managed this for my retest).
    Also if enough people shout then Microsoft/exam group have
    to do something about it.
     
    Matt, Mar 2, 2004
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  2. Strange, I noticed that too on Friday :eek:( I also say an additional
    question miraculously appear on the test.

    Start said 55 questions 120 minutes and at around question 20 I
    noticed question 21 of 56!!! not right at all :eek:(

    I was at Vue in Slough - I heard that prometric were giving 5 minutes
    less on 70-297 than Vue were so VUE's where I'm testing, given that
    one question can mean pass or fail and 5 minutes can mean 3 or 4 more
    questions.



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    Marlin Munrow, Mar 2, 2004
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  3. I'd ask for a refund if you failed on account if this. If a refund is not
    available, inform your credit card company that you would like to dispute
    the charge.

    Regards,
    CS
     
    Cleveland Steamer, Mar 3, 2004
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  4. Matt

    Matt Guest

    I have just spoken with Microsoft UK - MCP Learning
    Centre, and they are not aware of any issues in relation
    to this, so I've raised a complaint ticket, and they will
    be in contact with the States.....

    Also I have managed to get a retest, with extended time to
    make up for the time the exam will lose.
     
    Matt, Mar 3, 2004
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  6. NICE!




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    Marlin Munrow, Mar 3, 2004
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    Cliff Dabbs Guest

    I concur with this....the time you wait for some questions to show is
    un-acceptable.

    This goes for all the exams I've done on the 2003 track. There are
    definate problems with the exams. I witnessed at least 20 occurrances
    of machines crashing and having to be re-started. you don't loose
    time...but it totally destroys your concentration and it really
    shouldn't happen!

    although I don't think thats any excuse for the still poor 70-297
    which if you look at my previous posts I still believe is un-passable.

    Cliff.
     
    Cliff Dabbs, Mar 4, 2004
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  8. Gotta agree
    297 = mission impossible unless you read really fast!

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  9. Matt

    Matt Guest

    I was told by Prometric that exams 297 and 298 were the
    only ones without the timing problems, but that would seem
    not to be true based on Cliff's comment!

    Still no feedback from Microsoft - I'll wait until Monday
    before chasing.....

     
    Matt, Mar 5, 2004
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