Microsoft certifcation costs

Discussion in 'MCSD' started by Guest, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest


    Can somebody please clear up some confusion I have. I'm looking to start the
    MCSD qualification. Are there any costs associated with taking this
    qualification or is it just the training costs?

    For the 'Web Application Development' course (exam 70-305), there are two
    options, either Instructor–led Classroom Training or Microsoft E–Learning.
    Does this mean you have to take one of these training courses before taking
    the exam, or can you just buy the book and work from that.

    I have searched the site, but to no avail. I don' think it is clear what you
    have to undertake to be able to take the test.

    I can't really afford the online courses - so what are my options? Just
    simply buying the mentioned book and working at my own pace??

    Dan Rostron.
    Guest, Jul 26, 2006
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  2. Dan,

    You do not have to take any courses before you take an exam. You can
    register for and then take the exam whenever you like. A lot of people
    prefer the self study route because of the low cost. A good way to find
    books for self study is to search for the exam number of the exam
    you are planning to take.

    I don't think you should start down the MCSD trail right now. I'd head for
    the new .NET Framework 2.0 certifications. The MCPD: Enterprise Application
    Developer is the new version of the MCSD.

    Death from Above
    MCTS: SS 2005
    Death from Above, Jul 26, 2006
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  3. Guest

    BD [MCNGP] Guest

    << While I was at work, danrostron spurted out:
    If you're looking for cheap, go to the bookstore and buy an MS Press book (or
    Kit) and study from that. Once you think you're ready, you can pay the $125 and
    go take the exam(s). For that, you're looking at less than $200 per exam.

    I do suggest checking out either MeasureUp, SelfTestSoftware, or Transcender for
    additional material to get yourself ready for the exam. But that will incur more
    charges that you may not be able to afford.
    BD [MCNGP], Jul 26, 2006
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest


    Thanks very much for your advice. I didn't realise that these were the
    latest certification routes.

    Thanks again
    Guest, Jul 27, 2006
  5. Guest

    EggHead Guest


    That is my route :(

    Paid $100 at (that was $100 at that time, now is $125) prometric for my
    mcse exams.
    Learn something, bought voucher ($10 less) at some place like
    getcertify4less for some of the my mcdba and mcsd exams.
    Learn something again, :) for the rest of my mcsd exams.

    If you are in the field, just goto buy/borrow the books, read them, and
    write the exams. However, it is super helpful if you get something like BD
    mentioned additional material. No need to go to the classroom.

    Just remember check eBay first :) I think they have MCSD books as well.

    Good luck on your exams

    EggHead, Jul 27, 2006
  6. Guest

    BD [MCNGP] Guest

    << While I was at work, EggHead spurted out:
    Wait a minute! You spend money on Vouchers? some of the posts in
    here and the MCSE NG. There are FREE voucers for up to 20% off...but you've got
    to find them. There is no need to BUY vouchers! What's the point of paying for
    discounts? Someone is out there ripping people off...and that needs to stop.
    Usually the books also come with exam vouchers that are good for up to 20% off,
    but the codes are time sensitive.
    BD [MCNGP], Jul 27, 2006
  7. Guest

    EggHead Guest

    Don't call me Dude, I quit marijuana already.
    I mean buying exam voucher not those 20% voucher, and a lot of 20% vouchers
    are only vaild in US.
    Anyway, the cheapest way to write exam is buying exam voucher at ebay. I got
    them from 66USD to 88USD.

    EggHead, Jul 27, 2006
  8. Guest

    BD [MCNGP] Guest

    << While I was at work, EggHead spurted out:
    I'll call you Dude...or Bro...or Druggie whenever I feel like it.
    So you're talking about vouchers for FREE exams? Ok, I do believe those are
    limited, but also given for free (I may be wrong, but I'll get more info on
    that). I'm guessing anyone that is selling them is doing so to make a profit,
    but hey, if you wanna put money in someone else's pocket, that's your business
    You get what you pay for, that's what I live by...I never go
    "cheap"...inexpensive, no. You'll lose money by going cheap, and
    you'll end up spending more money in the long run (eventually)
    BD [MCNGP], Jul 27, 2006
  9. Guest

    EggHead Guest


    Not all vouchers are free; a lot of those free exams vouchers are only for
    selected exams.

    Why pay more when they are the same???
    EggHead, Jul 28, 2006
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