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taking the MCSE exam

By eswearengin ·
Hello, I am in a dilemma and I need some advise on a decision. This year I took the courses for my MCSE. I only finished with my classes a short time ago, and I am studying for the test. I take my first exam next week. This timing has left me with little room for error, meaning that if I fail one or more of the 6 test, I will not beat the dead line for the new windows 2000 exams that begin in December. The decision that I am trying to make is this?.Should I hurry up and take the test, and risk a loss, due to the cost of the test combined, or should I just learn the changes in windows 2000, and take the test after the turn of the year. The one big question that I have is, how much different is windows 2000, for 95/98. Could I get someopinions on whether I could learn the changes out of the book, as opposed to going back to school? Then I could slow down and taking the test at the turn of the year. Feel free to email me with your advice or opinions at Thanks, Eric.

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At least you aren't alone...

by Bearded_Wonder In reply to taking the MCSE exam

I teach at a local computer school a couple of nights a week- yours is a situation many of our students are in. The truth is that if you really have your NT stuff down you can probably pull off the "core" by the end of the year. As I understand itthat will allow you to take the one shot upgrade test -BUT - if you don't have quite a bit of experience you probably won't get past that one. I would suggest that you only go for electives that aren't expiring. TCP/IP and IIS are rolled into the W2K track, so you will be tested on those, just not separately.
That said, what do you want out of this? A certificate, a new job, knowledge? The practice you get with the tests will help you with later tests, and the knowledge of NT 4 will help in the field, in the classroom, and in the next round of tests.
As far as Windows 2000 goes, it is dramatically different from W9x and is not just a rehash of NT, either. Unless you are in the field working with W2k AND studying I think you might have a tough time "learning the changes" from a book.
My suggestion is go for the NT track, at least the core. What you learn about the certificiation process will probably lead you to the answer to your question about whether you are ready to self-study additional material, or if classes are a better bet.
Finally, it isn't just newcomers in a bind-
of the nine certifications I have for my MCSE+Internet, six expire the end of this year. I'm studying, too.

Hope this helps.

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Same here...

by carlosirivera In reply to taking the MCSE exam

I've made the decision to wait until next year and just learn the new Win2000 track. This is because I've taken a course in WinNT as part of my curriculum for my degree and I am now learning the differences in NT and 2000 through my internship at asmall company. In my opinion their quite different. I realize the time and money you've spent may seem like a loss, but anything that contributes to your knowledge and career growth is a wise investment and never a loss. Good luck with what ever youdecide.

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take the three cores in NT

by FernS In reply to taking the MCSE exam

Workstation, Server and Enterprise - at least you'll be MCP and can get a voucher to sit for the W2K upgrade - you have a year to take that.... Why didn't you sit for each test after you finished each course????? The server and workstation coursesare very similar so study and take those this month and then Enterprise.... W2K is very different and you will have to take 8 courses, I think, to get MCSE in that... Transcenders cost about $100 per course and will well prepare you for the tests orgo to - he has an excellent test bank with very complete explanations (where he thinks he needs them) or some wisecracks (if he thinks you haven't studied enough)... Anyway, you can download his tests and he only asks for a $5 donation per test to help keep up his site..... GOOD LUCK - DO IT !!!!!

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Study time madness

by walterj In reply to take the three cores in N ...

I am sitting in SQL 7.0 Admin now and have passed Workstation, Server and taking Enterprise test next week. I am doing every thing possible to complete my certification by year end. I find I work best under pressure of deadlines and then know I can not procrastinate no more so my life revolves around this for the next two months. I see it as vital to get this done before I get in to W2K as the differences could mess me up on tests and I wouldn't want that. I couldn't imagine trying to take all the tests between now and the end of the year and expecting to pass them all the first time seems impossible. The tests seem harder when actually taking them than when doing the practice tests from the multitude available. Memorization seems to be the key along with hands on mucking around, I find my own network setup at home a huge benefit yet not cheap. I can rationalize the expense by looking at the prices of classes and failed tests versus 3-4 hundred dollar computers if you shop around. Remember they only have to meet the basic hardware requirements. Good luck in those tests.

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Agree with three cores in NT

by TravisA In reply to take the three cores in N ...

I have been planning to take the NT tests since passing Networking Essentials a couple of years ago. Just haven't had the break from work I think that I need to study the way that I think I should. Last month I started self study and passed Workstation and Server. Now I am close to prepared for the Enterprise and plan to sit for it in the next week. With the three cores you can request a voucher for the Windows 2000 Accelerated exam. Does anyone know if you pass the NT4 three and fullfil the Win2000 requirements if you are considered a dual MCSE?

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by FernS In reply to taking the MCSE exam

Travis, in MS's eyes, you will lose the MCSE Certification in NT4 by the end of 2001.... However, I doubt that the industry will ignore the fact that you earned that certification, so if you do get certified in W2K, you should be considered as being dual certified.... Good Luck

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Loss of certification

by marcr5 In reply to Dual MCSE

I have a CBT for NT4.0 MCSE certification that I bought a while back but haven't had time to start studying. Am I to understand that as of Dec. 2001, NT4.0 certifications will expire and are basically useless? Did I waste my money? As you said, I feel the industy won't care and NT4.0 will still be commonly used, however, will the test still be offered after Dec. 2001?

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by daxsval In reply to taking the MCSE exam

I am in the same situation. I have completed the 8 months of training for an NT based MCSE but am now leaning toward waiting and getting my MCSE as a 2000 based MCSE. The training is still invaluable and I have all the certificates that testify to the fact that I took the classes so I think I will not have wasted anything. I am lucky because my company is willing to pay for the 2000 training. Good luck.

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What to do

by T_Richardson In reply to taking the MCSE exam

You need only pass the 4 core exams by dec.31 that is Workstation,Server,Enterprise and Net Ess. You may take the 2 electives latter but it can not be one of the retiring exams. I would suggest you take ws and server very soon,take a week to study for enterprise use Ian dump a day or 2 before the test then take net ess.and if you have time your 2 electives. Good Luck. I have 2 down 4 to go.

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