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    Just passed 70-270.. now an MCP!!


    by obiwaynekenobi ·

    Well, like the title says.. I took the XP exam today and passes with a 768. It was pretty hard; I was worried about halfway through, but I did it!

    Next up is to get my MCSA.. could anyone reccomend a good set of study guides for 70-290, 70-291 (which I heard was one of the hardest??) and 70-293 (which I will probably take as my elective since I want to get my MCSE after MCSA anyways)? I read reviews on Amazon but it seems that there are NO good bundle study guides for the exams; I know to take what I read there with a grain of salt, however.

    Anyways just wanted to share with everyone that I’m now a Microsoft Certified Professional now… thanks in advance for any help!

    – Wayne

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    • #3313841


      by house ·

      In reply to Just passed 70-270.. now an MCP!!



      Or… you could grab the MCSE kit to save a bit of cash.

      Top publisher for MCSA/MCSE texts in my book. 🙂

      The writers whose work is published by Sybex, are always down to Earth. The material is easily read and understood. Like anything else though, there is errata. Don’t rely too much on a single source. If at all possible, run your own Labs while going through the books. Have fun.

    • #3313686


      by oz_media ·

      In reply to Just passed 70-270.. now an MCP!!

      YOu seem like someone intent on actually learnign your trade as opposed to many that just want the certs for more money, only to find that everyone else did too and jobs are hard to find.

      You have the upper hand already and I think you definitely deserve congrats for your hard work.

      Sorry, I can’t recommend another MS cert, I am a Novell guy, but best of luck to you anyway!

    • #3317130

      welcome to the brotherhood…

      by secure_lockdown9 ·

      In reply to Just passed 70-270.. now an MCP!!

      you have joined the esteemed ranks of countless others.

    • #3324799

      Burst your bubble

      by seanc ·

      In reply to Just passed 70-270.. now an MCP!!

      Hi Wayne,

      I can’t just sit by and let you go down the road to oblivion. Don’t be happy about getting MS Certs. Bill Gates is laughing all the way to the bank. When you get your MCSE and you attempt to find a higher paying job, forget it. The market is saturated with MS qualified people. I’m not saying not to pursue it but you will only get ROI when you go down the Cisco path with Linux in addition to your MS Stuff. This is all coupled with experience to go with it.

      I am happy that you are so enthusiastic. You will get to where you’re going eventually.

      • #3323902

        Bubble bursting

        by house ·

        In reply to Burst your bubble

        MS certs hold value in the pursuit of knowledge, but as a resume tool, they are a poor match for experience. Eventhough there are so many MCSEs in 2k, I would recommend that anyone who deals with this stuff everyday, pursue the certification… you will be surprised as to the holes in your skills regarding MS products.

      • #3060235

        Just wondering

        by mo_parrot_head ·

        In reply to Burst your bubble

        I started studying for my MCSE about the same time you did. How has it been coming? I am done with 5 of the exams, with Exch 2003 design and the XP test to go. Saved what I imagine is the easiest for last.

    • #3323917


      by scmgithd ·

      In reply to Just passed 70-270.. now an MCP!!

      I’m just looking into starting the certification battle…I think I have *alot* to learn. Congrats and good luck on the next one!

    • #3343814

      Which book to use?

      by rprange ·

      In reply to Just passed 70-270.. now an MCP!!

      Nice job wayne. I’m looking to go for MSCA and wanted to start off with the 70-270 exam. I’m looking for a good exam book and was hoping you could help, because the official Microsoft one got horrible reviews on Amazon.

      Did you use a specific book to pass the test? Let me know, thanks.


    • #3328636

      how did u prepare

      by bhaskar.bhaskar ·

      In reply to Just passed 70-270.. now an MCP!!

      hey wayne,
      Would you let me know,how did u prepare for the exam,i am planning for this but i have low confidence

      • #3342055

        I used..

        by obiwaynekenobi ·

        In reply to how did u prepare

        I used the MCSA All-In-One book, Exam Cram 2 and Trancenders practice tests (also used the Preplogic practice test that came with the Exam Cram).

        I used to have low confidence about taking the exams but I figure the only way you know is to go and do it. Halfway through the exam I thought I was going to fail miserably (there were several tough questions) but in the end I made it. So if you don’t try, you’ll never know 🙂

        Hope this helps

        ~ Wayne

        • #3257169

          Pass Mark

          by bhaskar.bhaskar ·

          In reply to I used..

          Can some one enlighten me about the minimum percentage of marks to be score in the 07-270.
          I couldnt find it in the MS website.

        • #2570155

          70-270 pass mark = 700 points = 70%

          by mtharby ·

          In reply to Pass Mark

          70-270 pass mark = 700 points = 70%

          You may be glad to hear you can also get a portion of a question question correct for questions that have more than one answer i.e. the ones with checkboxes (square) instead of radial options (round).

          There are 50 questions so each question is worth 20 points and I got 715 (phew! – one more whole question wrong and i would have failed)

    • #3341941

      Congratulations! Keep going! :)

      by leiaj24u ·

      In reply to Just passed 70-270.. now an MCP!!

      Give praise when do. Regarding bursting your bubble. It is tough out there, competition massive. You got to go for it and find your niche, look at market trends that are indigenous or where you really want to go. The movement is fast and if you hesitate, there will be another new one to upgrade your skill sets.I know it sounds discouraging at times as people say that all we are about to take, no longer really count. You really got to jump through some hoops. I am an MCP, getting ready for server etc.Taking routers class and rounding off with some of the MOUS classes, after Networking, Proxy, SQL/XML, scripting plus A+ I still find it hard to break in without more ammuniton (certs) I am not about to give up! 🙂 Good job!

    • #3193123


      by -naturatek- ·

      In reply to Just passed 70-270.. now an MCP!!

      Cool stuff, congrats 🙂

    • #3175826

      time spent

      by aggy ·

      In reply to Just passed 70-270.. now an MCP!!

      congratulations! how long was your prep time for the MCP?

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