Exam 70-431 Prepearation

Discussion in 'MCSA' started by Inetztec, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. Inetztec

    Inetztec Guest

    Just recently passed 70-270,70-290,70-291. I have just done some e-learing
    combined with Measure Up Exams.

    I am very concerned regarding 40-431 SQL Server 2005—Implementation and
    Maintenance which I am planning to to. I have not worked with SQL 2005 at all
    just a bit with SQL 2000 about 3 years ago. I am not in the moment in the
    position to invest in expensive courses so I was thinking about online study
    compined with purchasing some test exams from measure up.

    Has anyone done that exam and/or can give me some suggestions regarding
    preparations. It would be great to get some recommendation of what you think
    is a good strategy in succeeding in this exam.


    Inetztec, Aug 28, 2006
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  2. Hey Inetzec,

    I'm afraid I have not taken that particular exam, but have taken quite a
    few, and from experience I can say that Microsoft Press Self-Study Guides are
    great. The one you will be interested in is called MCTS Self-Paced Training
    Kit (Exam 70-431): Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005—Implementation and Maintenance
    (http://www.microsoft.com/MSPress/books/9364.asp). It comes with a great
    Readiness Review Suite which is powered by Measure-Up, and will help you
    guage when you are actually ready for the exam!

    Good luck and let us know how you do!

    Montreal MCSA, Aug 29, 2006
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  3. Inetztec

    Inetztec Guest

    Hi Montreal MCSA,

    thanks for your responce and recommendation. Funny enough I did some further
    research on the net and found this book at amazon and thought this one looks
    very promissing. I have ordered this book which you recommended also. Should
    get it in the next 10 days.

    Will let you know how I went. You seem to be an active member of this forum
    because I read quite a view replies from you. I think I will find you again

    Cheers again,

    Inetztec, Aug 29, 2006
  4. Hi Andy,

    There are a few of us who are pretty active here, and I am sure we all
    appreciate hearing positive feedback. Thanks for your words, and good luck
    with the exam! Right now I am studying for my next exam (70-272) which I am
    sitting for tomorrow. I passed 70-271 today and now just have to get this
    one out of my way. It's a pity that MS Press Readiness Review Suites do not
    seem to work in Windows Vista yet... glad I have the dual-boot!

    Montreal MCSA, Aug 29, 2006
  5. Just wanted to chime in that I have this book (one of the exams I am
    preparing for in my spare time, LOL). It seems good to me although I must
    say that I have not taken my first MS exam yet.

    Jonathan Roberts, Sep 5, 2006
  6. Inetztec

    PeterB Guest

    I just took the 70-431 exam and managed well. However I really prepared for
    it and it still was harder than expected.. 2779 and 2780 Classroom courses, a
    refreshment of TSQL, Measureup practicetest and A LOT of late nights
    studying. I would not recommend self paced training for this exam, especially
    not for someone who doesnt work with SQL 2005 and has worked "just a bit with
    SQL 2000 about 3 years ago". Comparing to 70-290 and 291 I think this exam
    was hard.
    So prepare well and good luck.
    PeterB, Oct 8, 2006
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