Just got my MCSD

Discussion in 'MCSD' started by Mike Maddux, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. Mike Maddux

    Mike Maddux Guest

    I just passed 70-300 and obtained my MCSD.NET, and I'm very happy about it. Now
    we'll see if it makes much difference in my job hunt. I at least hope that it
    won't hurt!

    What worked for me:

    First, I have 20+ years of programming experience, although none of it was
    STRICTLY in architecture work. However in all that time I've been exposed to a
    lot.

    I got the Microsoft Architectures book and quickly discarded it as useless and a
    huge ripoff.

    I read the ExamCram2 book, which was pretty useful in providing a structure for
    thinking. Then I got Transcender, MeasureUp and Self-Test and took all of their
    tests. Every time I missed a question (or even if I got it right through lucky
    guessing) I went to the part of the Microsoft Documentation that was referenced
    and read not only that specific section but whatever super-section it was
    contained in. After one pass through all of the tests and reading all the
    documentation I then started taking the practice tests over and over until I got
    a perfect score.

    This took me about three months. I'm afraid I get tired easily!

    Even after all of that the actual test made me really sweat.

    One thing I found different on the real test, which I liked, was that they had a
    time limit for each of the three sections, so I didn't have to guess how much
    time to devote to each. The practice tests didn't do it that way.

    Even if the certification itself doesn't help me get a job, I can say that it's
    been a very worthwhile learning experience.

    Best,

    Mike
     
    Mike Maddux, Aug 14, 2003
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  2. Mike Maddux

    JJG Guest

    <<Even if the certification itself doesn't help me get a
    job, I can say that it's
    been a very worthwhile learning experience.
    This is the only reason I pursue the MS certs, it's just a
    roadmap to learn the .NET core, and even then it's just
    and eye-bird view of the whole technology.
    Congratulations, and welcome to the not-so-exclusive
    MCSD.NET club ;->

    As a side note:
    In my opinion MS should include to the MCSD.NET track a
    really good exam on object-oriented programming & design,
    maybe some winxx server exams and create a MC Solution
    Architect track.


    a Guy MCSD.NET


    Documentation that was referenced
    Documentation that was referenced
     
    JJG, Aug 14, 2003
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  3. Were there lots of questions about MSF, or that required knowledge of it?

    Thanks
     
    General Protection Fault, Aug 15, 2003
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  4. Mike Maddux

    Mike Maddux Guest

    There were no questions explicitly about MSF, but many questions required
    familiarilty with it, I would say.

    Mike
     
    Mike Maddux, Aug 15, 2003
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