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Failed 70-290... but trying again in 3 weeks

By dwiemann ·
Yep, it was tricky. I've spent a few weeks studying this and apparently need more time. It's quite a bit harder after just coming from a few CompTIAs exams.

Actually, I rushed this and crammed during the last week because of a job interview for a promotion (trying to impress). I have the CBT Nuggets series and they are excellent. Honestly, I have to say that 99% of what was on the exam are in the CBTs. Along with watching them, I took over 40 pages of notes (double sided) to make it all soak in more and then review later. I also have enough spare money to invest in several test machines. I have two slim Dell PCs under my coffee table (to force myself into training while watching TV/news) and three additional PCs, one being an actual server w/RAID-5. All of these are running W2K3 enterprise edition (120-trial version). Also, surprisingly you can use this version all over your lab. In addition, I went to a local university and community college and both let me sign up on the MSDN software checkout, so I was able to check out, copy, and get several more product keys of the software!!! I also have two of these PCs with 1GB of memory for MS Virtural PC, to load clients.

I have two DCs running and did a lot of the hands-on practice early on in my studying. But as I went on and got lazy, I just watched and learned instead of hand-on. I could tell a huge difference. It sucks when you say, "Oh yeah, I remember that but aren't quite sure how to do it". Trust me, hands-on is mandatory.

But overall, the test didn't seem that hard, even though I failed it. Total 44 questions, 4 sims, 3:05 time. I scored 546/700.

Oh well, I'm going to take another two to three weeks and only take it when I feel I've perfected GPOs, SUS, TS, RDP, etc.

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Also failed 70-290 yesterday!

by lbarbosa In reply to Failed 70-290... but tryi ...

Same thing happend to me yesterday here at Puerto Rico. Didnt pay much a attention to the Disaster Recovery objectives and definitely they got me.

It took the complete Microsoft E-Learning Course and the CBT-Nuggets training, both were very good + managing a W2K3 Environment as well, and still didn't manage to pass. I scored 608/700. I thought exam was going to be similar to CompTIA exams.

But well, what can i say, i'll be taking it once again in a month to make sure i make it te second time..

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