Paying for your own material for MCDST

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

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    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, 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:

    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 and

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


    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 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

    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

    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
  5. All good advice from the respondents above. Remember Microsoft's TechNet
    site ( 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 and 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
    Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    CIW Certified Instructor
    Michael D. Alligood, Jan 27, 2007
  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
    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):

    (valid at Pearson/Vue only)

    Good luck!


    Montreal MCT
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    Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Customer Experience
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    Montreal MCT, Jan 31, 2007
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