Taking Exams, by Craig Roberts
I see most of the exams as high level orienting exams - asking if we
know how to use the tools to accomplish goals, rather than tests of actual
These days, I gain my knowledge with all self study. I use the
product(s) of relevance, stepping through the examples that relate to the
exam. I utilize three or four of the training guides plus MSDN Library.
Examples and MSDN are very helpful as exam study tools. I have attended
TechEd several times, Microsoft's local TechNet sessions, but not much in the past 4 years.
Keeping that in mind, I work through each exam beginning, say 3 months
ahead of the exam. Can I define, use in a sentence,
relate to each other the different terms and tools in each paragraphs?
Then I go back into the best "story" text I have and work
through the chapters for the exam - using the other references to fill
gaps. Now, I'm 10 days away and using the questions to measure mastery of
each question's area. Hopefully I have enough time for a first past, then
a second when re-process my weaker areas, as determined by the questions.
And then take the exam... With a pass at the end.
Do I score high? - usually 70's into 80's.
I haven't used any of the Internet-based study guides.