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Discussion in 'MCSD' started by Chris Mullins, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. So I passed 70-553, and my MCP transscript now says:
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (Feb 17, 2006)
    ..Net Framework 2.0: Web Applications
    ..Net Framework 2.0: Windows Applications

    I failed 70-554 (that beta test was very hard!), so I'll need to retake
    that. Interestingly, I haven't gotten an email yet from either Pierson's Vue
    or Microsoft - although the web sites at both locations are updated with my
    pass/fail results.

    For anyone who wants to see how these read in the transcript, you can see
    mine at:
    MCP ID: 3548478

    You can see them at :
    Transcript ID: 718730
    Sharing Code: Coversant
    Chris Mullins, Jun 2, 2006
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    SuperCoder Guest

    Congratulation. Following your footstep ;-)
    SuperCoder, Jun 3, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    Hello Chris.
    I saw your transcript,its amazing, you just started in Jan and
    have reaached till MCTS.. just wanted to know how much work experience you
    have got and how did you plan for exams...
    I am planning to do MCSD and preparing for 70-316.
    Kindly share ur exp.
    Guest, Jun 3, 2006
  4. Hannan wrote,
    Chris Mullins, Jun 3, 2006
  5. I have quite a bit of experience with .Net, and have been beating on it
    pretty hard since it first came out. I do a fair bit of teaching to a wide
    variety of people, so I get exposed to a much broader range of the framework
    than most people do.

    In terms of exam prep, I really didn't do much at all. I got a CD full of
    Sample exams that came with the MCSD Prep kit from Microsoft that my boss
    dropped off on my desk one day in early Janurary (along with a "Get
    Certified Now!" sticky-note). I just took took the sample exams two or three
    times on the night before the test, with the settings set for 'show me the
    answer when I click the button', so that I can read the question, ponder it,
    answer it, then have my answer confirmed right there. I personally found all
    of the MCSD exams to be fairly easy.

    Now, the beta MCSD -> MCPD exams were very difficult. I was not expecting
    the level of rigor or detail that came with those exams. This is especially
    true in the Remoting and WSE 3.0 sections, where I'm not particular
    experienced. It'll be interesting to take the production exam, and see what
    sections have been changed.
    Chris Mullins, Jun 3, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    Thanks Chris for sharing ur exp.
    well as i said before, i am preparing for 70-316 probable i will give in
    middle of june..For preparation i have the micorsoft press book only and i
    managed to found some sample 200 odd questions on internet . I would be
    goind thru these resources only. So please let me know is it enough? I have
    less exp of .Net, you can say just started.
    Lastly Chris, if you could mail some test papers to me then it would be
    great. My Email id is (2 GB). Looking forward for ur

    Guest, Jun 4, 2006
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    neil.weller Guest

    Congrats. I didn't realise that passing the first of the two upgrade
    exams gave you those two ts certs. I haven't seen that written
    anywhere on the site. I assumed it was a case of passing both. I'll
    have to think about doing that one soon.

    neil.weller, Jun 6, 2006
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    Mehran Guest

    I passed 553, 554, 547 and 548 and my transcript is now showing MCPD:
    EAD, Win and Web :)
    Mehran, Jun 6, 2006
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    nikhilchopra Guest

    what resources did you use to prepare for the 553, 554 and the rest of

    nikhilchopra, Jun 13, 2006
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    DrB Guest

    You did 2 exams on the same day, ie Jan 27th ????

    DrB, Jun 13, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    Can u Please share me the resources fro 70-553 and 70-554?
    my email is
    thank in advance
    Guest, Jun 14, 2006
  12. The MCSD exams were really pretty easy, especially the 70-300 exam. That
    particular exam is nothing but a fancy reading comprehension test. Anyone
    good at reading comprehension, critial thinking, and logic should have no
    trouble passing it.

    I had been taking one exam a week, but after I finished the security exam, I
    asked the guy at the test center if I could just sign-up and take it 70-300.
    He looked at his watch, looked at me a bit funny, and said, "Sure. Pay at
    the receptionist down the hall.". 90 minutes later I had my MCSD...
    Chris Mullins, Jun 15, 2006
  13. Um. Okay.

    [Pause. Type. Type Type. Send.]

    I just went ahead and emailed you all of the actual questions for both
    exams, all of the choices for answers, and a key with all the right answers.
    I hope this is what you're looking for.

    .... Not!
    Chris Mullins, Jun 15, 2006
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    Guest Guest


    Guest, Jun 15, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    u mean so easy to become a mcsd?

    Guest, Jun 15, 2006
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    Jun 23, 2006
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    does beta results count?

    as per Microsoft, please see here:

    Exam News
    Exam 70-553: UPGRADE: MCSD Microsoft .NET Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework: Part 1 became available May 26, 2006. This is one of two Professional Developer (PRO) Upgrade Exams for those who have obtained the MCSD on Microsoft .NET certification.

    I am MCSD.NET, MCDBA2000, and MCITP-DBA. I am planning to take MCPD-EAD within 2 years.

    jwqzzd, Jun 23, 2006
  17. For anyone curious what the MCSD.Net -> MCPD: Enterprise via the 70-553 and
    70-554 exams does to your transcript, my online transcript now is current
    and reflects:
    MCPD: Enterprise
    MCTS: Web, Enterprise, WinForms,

    I'm a bit disappointed that I don't get the MCPD Web and MCPD Windows
    certification as part of the upgrade from the MCSD.Net. The MCTS
    certifications are certainly nice, but the MCPD certs seem as if they would
    be a better fit.

    Ah well - now I need to decide if getting the MCPD Web & WinForms certs has
    any value.

    I can just picture some recruiter, who won't know what the acronyms stand
    for, much less how the certifications build on each other or relate to other
    certifications, much less understand the relationship between the
    technologies, saying:

    Recruiter: "Our client requires the .Net 2.0 MCPD web certification, and you
    don't have that.".

    Me: "But the MCPD: Enterprise includes ASP.Net certifications along with

    Recruiter: "Our client wants the MCPD: Web, and you don't have that.".

    Me: "Really, the MCPD: Enterprise means I can do both Web and Windows - it's
    a superset of the other two."

    Recruiter: "Our client wants the MCPD: Web, and you don't have that.".

    Me: "Do you understand how the certs work? I can't get the MCPD: Enterprise
    without passing a bunch of Web Exams. And look here, I have the MCTS: Web
    Application certifications as well."

    Recruiter: "Did you hear me you stupid contractor?! Our client wants the
    MCPD: Web, and I'm not going to present your resume to them becure you're a
    pompus ass who doesn't even have the right certifications. Stop wasting my
    time. I've got an H1B resume who just passed the MCPD: Web, and I'm going to
    present him instead."

    Me: "I command you, turn into a Weasel!"

    Recruiter: "Squeak! Squeak!"
    Chris Mullins, Jul 17, 2006
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    popman Guest

    Hi Chris,

    Congratulationson getting MCPD.
    I am going to take 70-553 and 70-554 soon.
    Could you share your learning meterials with me?
    My email address: or

    Thanks in advance.

    popman, Aug 16, 2006
  19. If you search through this group for threads I posted in, you'll find me
    talking about the various materials I used to prepare for the tests.

    In short:
    70-553, No prep. Took it cold.

    70-554, Used the MCTS:Distributed test material as prep. Bought an online
    test from one of the testing companies and took that a bunch of time. It
    was, at best, ok.
    Chris Mullins, Aug 17, 2006
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    Cerebrus Guest

    Lol, my thoughts exactly !
    Cerebrus, Aug 17, 2006
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