Microsoft Developer Certifications: What's Your Path?
In this edition of our look at Microsoft certifications, you have covered requirements and information for the MCAD, MCSD, MCDBA, and MCT certifications. As you probably have guessed, much goes into achieving a Microsoft certification. Yet, with Microsoft's dominance in the IT marketplace, you will do well for yourself to pursue one or more Microsoft certifications to have and maintain IT skills that will be desirable.
As always, if you decide to go for a Microsoft certification, determine your goals, assess your preferred learning styles, and figure your financing budget as you seek out training and educational materials. In all, look for training guides and cram guides that offer you thorough content and plenty of hands-on experiences. Microsoft's exams tend to have case study and scenario-based questions that require more from the candidate than simple recall and recognition of information. Also, seek out solid practice exam engines that are close to the real exam in terms of testing environment and question content. You would be best served to find practice exams that are harder than the real exam to better prepare yourself for the exam. Finally, exam tracks, numbers, and contents can and do change. Be sure that you periodically check the Web site for your particular certification or check out Microsoft's certification home page at TRAINCERT for current news, policies, and information.
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