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Want Help with that New Years Resolution? Take a Free* Certification Test

Want Help with that New Years Resolution? Take a Free* Certification Test

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Update – Sorry folks. All these vouchers are gone. I’ll post again if I can get any more.

First, Happy New Year to all!Community, Certification, News, Static News, Database Editorial, Smart Client Editorial, Web Development Editorial

Anyone who's followed this blog for any length of time knows I'm keen on the Certification Exams from Microsoft, but don't just take my word for it. Apparently:

  • 55% of hiring managers consider employee certification as a criterion for hiring1
  • 46% of hiring managers consider employee certification as a criterion for promotion1
  • 63% of hiring managers feel that certified individuals are more productive than their counterparts2
  • 40% of individuals reported that Microsoft certification was a factor in improving their ability to find ad keep a job or led to a promotion2
  • 43% of individuals reported salary increases as a result of Microsoft certification3
  • 53% of individuals believe that obtaining a certification makes them more marketable4
  • 14.3% of statistics are made up5

If you've been hanging out, umming and ahing, wondering whether you should pony up your $ and see if you've got the goods, then wait no longer! I have 15 vouchers each for 1 free exam. All you have to do is contact me via this blog with your name and postal address and ask me for a voucher*.

All I ask in return is that you do actually commit to doing an exam (note that it must be before 30 April 2009). If you'd like to report back on the results you're welcome to do so by leaving a comment here afterwards and/or sharing your MCP transcript.


* Offer available to 1st 15 applicants. Must be resident in Australia. Vouchers valid until 30 April 2009
1 2006 IDC Study
2 2006 MCP Customer Satisfaction Survey
3 Redmond Magazine 2006 survey of compensation for IT professionals
4 2008 Intrepid Survey
5 2009 random finger in the wind

  • What percentage of test takers memorized the answers to the worthless certs from brain dumps?

  • Hi Dave,

    Interesting question - I know the answer's less than 100%. The brain dumps are an issue and MSL are working actively to minimise their effect. One good example of this are the simulations that some of the exams now include.

    As a developer who's sat a few of these exams now, I'd say that they do seem to measure my knowledge quite well (that is, I pass the exams on subjects I know well and I fail those I don't know well). So to that extent, at least, I would dispute your assertion that the certs are worthless. Obviously, you wouldn't use them as a sole measure of anyone's comptency in a particular field.

  • dave, i can say its at least < 100 as i have done a few exams and not touched dumps, ever.

    for me, the exams are a good way to provide me with a learning goal whilst exploring new areas. if i just memorised the dumps then i wouldn't gain a thing from the exam and the money spent on them, obviously they are not for you, but for plenty of us, the provide a target and a bit of feedback on our own professional development.

  • Here is a detailed account of my experience with quite a difficult exam, where I think Microsoft has its marking criteria wrong:

    http://dbs253.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2B6F9CCA78BF715D!191.entry

    It also shows the differences in difficulty between the VS2003 MCPs and the VS2005 ones.

  • thanks for the voucher, its public now:  

    http://sqljohn.blogspot.com/2009/01/starting-to-study-for-mcts-70-445-bi.html

    :)

  • Thanks, Andrew, the voucher is most generous and a definite kick-start to get back into Microsoft certification! (It's been almost 12 months since I took my last one, and even then that was .NET 2.0 !)

    Like John, I'm putting mine online to keep me honest - http://www.alivad.com/?p=417 - !!

  • Hi John and David,

    Great to hear. Good luck and report back huh?

  • Hey Andrew - shame they went so fast..

    anyways, dont forget the Microsoft Certification Hero campaign which has been kicked off!!

    10% off the price and you get a second shot at it if you fail (for free).

    You'll need a unique promotion code and follow some very easy steps to get the discount and enter into the campaign.

    http://msmvps.com/blogs/brianmadsen/archive/2009/01/07/microsoft-certification-offers-australia-only.aspx

    I'm doing one exam this friday...urgg, hate exams...

  • I had a great response from the certification vouchers I gave out three months ago . Unfortunately I

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