Anyone who read my most recent posts can think that they are just drafts. I think it’s true, because I don’t know what to prepare for, sometimes I wouldn’t like to review a topic, because I consider it too basic and sometimes I can’t even start to learn the exact same topic, because of the its complexity.
These things helped me make my decision: I’ll take this exam tomorrow. If I pass it, well, it’s good for me, I was prepared. If not, it’ll be good for you, because you get study material which was produced and reviewed by heart.
So I’ll post my experiences (and my result) tomorrow. The next exam I’m currently considering is the Windows Forms MCTS (70-505). But it’s possible that I’ll head for the 70-503, WCF exam, because I ordered the book a month ago, and I’d desperately like to read it.
Today I took the test in my local Prometric testing center, and beat it with a score of 768, in roughly an hour. It was a considerably more comforting experience than the 70-562, I knew the correct answer for a lot of questions at first glance.
About the topics: there were a massive amount of serialization and file-system questions, then a lot of security-related ones and a whole lot about globalization. Reflection and COM interop wasn’t covered as much as I expected it, but it wasn’t a bad thing, at least for me.
All in all, I faced with what I expected, it was an easy exam, with some hardcore stuff just to make you sweat while you are waiting for the results.
It’s nice to be an MCTS, but my goal was always an MCPD certification, so I give two weeks (or max a month) to take the 70-564 PRO ASP.NET exam, and earn it.
Today I successfully passed the 70-562 exam. I must admit that it was a challenge, and the time spent with preparation was more than useful. I earned 810 points of the available 1000, but it was more than enough to pass the 700 points limit.
As I suggested yesterday, you should definitely try and buy the MeasureUp package. The questions on the exam were rather similar. And be sure to read MSDN all day and night. I did so when I published these posts, but stumbled into classes and properties which I’ve never heard before. Anyway, at least they made the exam more than exciting.
You should be familiar with AJAX, the AJAX application services, and events. Be sure you understand the different IIS hosting models, and you are able to tell under which identity under a process runs (and on what this depends). Know how to set up and consume a WCF service, and understand ADO.NET. That was my weakest area, so currently I’m considering the ADO.NET MCTS exam (and the WCF one, too).
That’s all for now, I’ll post again when I know what will be my next exam.