Paying for your own material for MCDST

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by Jsaunders, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. Jsaunders

    Jsaunders Guest

    I am required to obtain my MCDST but I am responsible for the study material.
    I have looked around and $200 to $500 is a more than I can afford. Any
    suggestion on a good study guide for the working class guy.
    --
    Jsaunders
     
    Jsaunders, Jan 26, 2007
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    TurkReno Guest

    The books from Microsoft Press that are Edition two, not edition one.
    That's what I'd go for. They're self-paced study guides.
     
    TurkReno, Jan 26, 2007
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    wagnerk Guest

    Can I assume that doesn't include the cost of the exams? Because the exam
    prices already come to over $200. Ok assuming that the cost of exams are
    separate from your study costs. Take alook here:

    http://www.getcertifiedforless.com/microsoft.asp

    You can buy a exam voucher plus transcender practice tests for $199 ($115
    for the exam - regular price for exam is $150, and $75 for the practice
    tests), for the MCDST you'll need 2 exam vouchers as the MCDST is 2 exams.

    MCDST: Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician Study Guide (Exams 70
    - 271 and 70 - 272) for $39.59 from Amazon.com and

    MCDST 70-271 &70-272 Exam Cram 2 Bundle (Supporting Users and
    Troubleshooting a Windows Xp Operating System) (Paperback) from Amazon.com
    for $39.20

    or

    MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-271): Supporting Users and
    Troubleshooting a Microsoft(r) Windows(r) XP Operating System, Second
    (Hardcover) for $32.39 from Amazon.com and

    MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-272): Supporting Users
    andTroubleshooting Desktop Applications on Microsoft(r) Windows(r) XP, Second
    Edition (Hardcover) $32.39 from Amazon.com

    Transcender practice exams with the Sybex & Examcram books = $153.79 (exc
    exam costs)
    Transcender practice exams with the MSPress books = $139.78 (exc exam costs)

    I'm assuming that you already have a PC and running Windows XP and have some
    experience with the OS. Prices are right at time of post :)

    Hope this helps

    -Ken
     
    wagnerk, Jan 26, 2007
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    AJR Guest

    Do you have a local Barnes ad Noble bookstore? That's where I spent time
    preparing for MCDST.
     
    AJR, Jan 26, 2007
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  5. All good advice from the respondents above. Remember Microsoft's TechNet
    site (http://www.microsoft.com/technet) is free. Here is the direct link
    to TechNet's Windows XP site. Pay special attention to the "TASKS"
    subsection. That is very rich with information you need.

    Also visit http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-271.mspx#EOD and
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-272.mspx#EQD for the "Skills
    Measured" as prescribed by Microsoft. Go thru the objectives one at a
    time and review the material for each objective. You always have this
    and other newsgroups which are also free to use.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Good luck.

    --
    Michael D. Alligood
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
    Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    CIW Certified Instructor

    http://www.yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom
     
    Michael D. Alligood, Jan 27, 2007
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  6. regular price for exam is $150, ????????????

    Where is the exam $150? Here in the US, it is still $125, less if you can
    find a voucher such as on eBay.
    I agree with the ones who said go to TechNet and Barnes and Nobles.
    If you have a used bookstore in town, they may not know that the MCDST exams
    are still active, and you may get them for cheap.
     
    LarryWestMCSD, Jan 29, 2007
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    Manuel Moore Guest

    Well, I don't quite doubt that exams are that expensive.
    Over here in Germany we pay 140€ plus tax (altogether roughly 200$)
    per exam.
    The company that I am training with is including the vouchers for the
    exams but you still have to pay for it.
     
    Manuel Moore, Jan 29, 2007
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    Jsaunders Guest

    The Tests are pass but the study material is one my dime. Thanks for the
    suggestions.
     
    Jsaunders, Jan 30, 2007
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    Montreal MCT Guest

    $125US = $150 Canadian approximately.

    Of course I'll happily offer my 15% discount voucher code to anyone who
    wants it (apparently invalid in the USA):

    MSAU21211B52
    (valid at Pearson/Vue only)

    Good luck!

    M

    --
    Montreal MCT
    MCT, MCSA, MCDST, MCTS, MCP
    President Emeritus, Montreal IT Professionals Community (www.mitpro.ca)
    Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Customer Experience
    Microsoft Small Business Specialist
    Visit my blog at:
    http://dnn.mitpro.ca/mitpro/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
     
    Montreal MCT, Jan 31, 2007
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