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You’ve seen many posts in the past about the value of certification, so I won’t get into it here. Bottom line, as far as I am concerned, certifications are one of the best ways to differentiate yourself amongst other developers. If you think about how much time you invest in the technologies you work with and learn about, wouldn’t you want a way to show others that investment? I would.
But learning is one thing and taking exams are other. There’s always that fear of what exactly will be on the exam, what areas it will cover, or whether you know enough to be able to write the exam. To help you feel more comfortable, Microsoft Virtual Academy has recently added a whole slew of Jump Start courses that roughly follow the criteria of the different certification exams. Though there’s no guarantee that these Jump Starts will ensure that you pass your exam, they are an excellent study companion to help you go through the content and ensure that you know and understand the key concepts.
Here’s what’s available today (Note: there are some that are not yet available on-demand. If you register and tune in on the scheduled dates, you can take the opportunity to interact with the trainers and ask questions!):
Windows Store – C#
Windows Store – HTML5/CSS
Application Lifecycle Management Exams
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Given that this is a new type of learning content that is being made available, I’d love to hear from those of you who have participated in one of these live Jump Starts or watched them on-demand what you thought of the format and whether they have, indeed, made you feel more comfortable to go and write your exam. Start a new conversation in the Canadian Developer Connection group on LinkedIn or share your thoughts in an existing conversation.
Microsoft have a promotion witch you buy a test and you are awarded with two other tests.
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