Passed My Microsoft Certification Exam!

Today, I passed my first Microsoft Certification exam, MCTS exam 70-433!  With this certification, I am a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for SQL Server 2008 Database Development.

Getting a MS cert has always been something that I always wanted to achieve, but I never thought I would have the time to study.  Well I signed up back in April and just knew that if I didn’t just do it, I probably never would.  I had a great book to read from.  It included an application that simulated the exam with practice tests.  I took quite a few of the practice tests before the exam day and never could pass one, so needless to say, I was very nervous.

Once I was in the exam room, things seemed to get easier as I loosened up.  The questions were hard and quite a few were rather tricky.  Luckily, there was a review later checkbox at the top of each question that allowed me to go back after the test and review the ones that I was feeling unsure about.  That was the real key to passing, I think.  I went back through every question and re-read each word to make sure that I was fully understanding the question.  Honestly, I was able to change a few of my answers because of it.

All in all, I would definitely do it again.  In fact, I am already thinking about my next cert.  But I think I’ll take the summer off to relax before I dive into that study mode again.

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First Microsoft Certification Exam

I’ve signed up to take my first Microsoft Certification exam. I will be taking the MCTS Exam 70-433: SQL Server 2008 Database Development exam. The date is scheduled for May 26th with 3 hours allotted. I’m hoping that it’ll be a breeze, since I’ve been writing TSQL for so long, but I’m still nervous.

The book I’ve been reading is from Microsoft Press: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 – Database Development Training Kit, by Tobias Thernstom, Ann Weber, Mike Hotek, and GrandMasters.  So far it’s a really quick read.  The part that I really like about this book is that there is a summary at the front of the book that states the exams specific objectives and where it’s located in the book.  There are also practice tests included for studying.

Wish me luck!