Get Ready for the ASP.NET 3.5 MCTS Exam

Get Ready for the ASP.NET 3.5 MCTS Exam

This exam will also be releasing in beta form shortly.  Again, watch your MCP Flash for the invitation.

This is the new MCTS exam for ASP.NET developers who want to be certified on developing ASP.NET applications using Visual Studio and the .NET Framework 3.5.  The content posted here will be a part of the public preparation guide that will soon be public on the Microsoft web site.

We have posted it here to give you a head start on preparing for this exam.

NOTE: Prep guide is now available for this exam,

Credit toward certification

When you pass Exam 70-562: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development, you earn credit towards the following certification:

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications

Skills measured by Exam 70-562

Configuring and Deploying Web Applications (10 percent)

Configure providers.

Configure authentication, authorization, and impersonation.

Configure projects, solutions, and reference assemblies.

Configure session state by using Microsoft SQL Server™, State Server, or InProc.

Publish Web applications.

Configure Application Pools.

Compile an application by using Visual Studio or command-line tools.

Consuming and Creating Server Controls (20 percent)

Implement databound controls.

Load user controls dynamically.

Create and consume custom controls.

Implement client-side validation and server-side validation.

Consume standard controls.

Working with Data and Services (17 percent)

Read and write XML data.

Manipulate data by using DataSet and DataReader objects.

Call a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service or a Web service from an ASP.NET Web page.

Implement a DataSource control.

Bind controls to data by using data binding syntax.

Troubleshooting and Debugging Web Applications (16 percent)

Configure debugging and custom errors.

Set up an environment to perform remote debugging.

Debug unhandled exceptions when using ASP.NET AJAX.

Implement tracing of a Web application.

Debug deployment issues.

Monitor Web applications.

Working with ASP.NET AJAX and Client-Side Scripting (15 percent)

Implement Web Forms by using ASP.NET AJAX.

Interact with the ASP.NET AJAX client-side library.

Consume services from client scripts.

Create and register client script.

Targeting Mobile Devices (5 percent)

Access device capabilities.

Control device-specific rendering.

Add mobile Web controls to a Web page.

Implement control adapters.

Programming Web Applications (17 percent)

Customize the layout and appearance of a Web page.

Work with ASP.NET Intrinsic Objects.

Implement globalization and accessibility.

Implement business objects and utility classes.

Implement session state, view state, control state, cookies, cache, or application state.

Handle events and control page flow.

Implement the Generic Handler.

Note This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and/or simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format.

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  • This exam will also be releasing in beta form shortly.  Again, watch your MCP Flash for the invitation

  • What books do you suggest to read for this exam?

  • Gerry just posted some information about the new ADO.NET 3.5 Exam and the new ASP.NET 3.5 Exam , but

  • Exames Beta de .Net 3.5 para MCTS/MCPD

  • Hi Oleg.

    A good place to start for books on ASP.NET 3.5 is here,

    I never "recommend" a specific book but merely point people to resources.  Everybody has different learning styles and even in books, the methods used to teach can vary.

    At this time, MSPress hasn't released their titles for 3.5.


  • Gerry just posted some information about the new ADO.NET 3.5 Exam and the new ASP.NET 3.5 Exam, but didn't...

  • ASP.NET 3.5 MCTS Beta Exam

  • Gerry,

    Hi. I have never given a beta exam before but am planning on giving this one.

    Is passing the beta exam the equivalent of passing the live exams? i.e. Do we get certified if we pass them ?

    Do we know if we pass or fail the exam as soon it is over (like in a live exam) ?

    Is there any other difference in the way beta exams and live exams are conducted ?



  • Hi Tarique,

    Passing the beta exam is equivalent to passing the live exam.  Do you get certified?  Only when all prerequisites are met.  In other words, you must pass 70-536 and this exam to get an actual certification.  This exam by itself does not award you the MCTS certification.

    For beta exams, you will not know if you pass or fail.  The score report will indicate that you have failed but don't worry, the passing score has not been set so you haven't failed it, yet.  Beta exam results are not made avaiable until the exam is published live.  We don't know the passing score until we finalize the questions after the beta.

    The difference between a beta and a live exam is that in the beta, you will typically take 100 or more questions whereas on the live, it can be 40 to 60 questions.

    Plan on a maximum of 4 hours for the beta exam.


  • Thanks Gerry

  • So, after giving Bryant a hard time on his blog about posting the beta codes for these two exams, we

  • can u give me a brief introduction of .net as well as its certification details

  • Gerry,

    Will the current MCTS exams aimed at framework 2.0 be replaced with new exams aimed at the 3.5 framework?

    Im currently studying for the application development foundation exam (70-536) which is the pre-requsite  towards getting my MCTS .Net Framework 2.0 Web Applications. Would it mean that i could have to take new exams once final .NET 3.5 MCTS Exam are released?

    Should i carry on or should i hold off until the new exams?


  • Hi MJ, thanks for posting your question here.  I did see your question in my inbox but as I have stated on my blog, I won't answer those requests as all can benefit from the questions and answers when they are posted here.

    The .NET 2.0 exams will not be replaced with the 3.5 versions.  They will continue to exist as certification for .NET 2.0.

    70-536 is a prerequisite for both the MCTS on .NET 2.0 and .NET 3.5, so passing that exam, counts for both platform versions.

    If you pass 70-528 which is for web developers on .NET 2.0, but you want to be certified on .NET 3.5, you will have to take a new exam, 70-562 ASP.NET 3.5.

    If you want to become certified on ASP.NET 3.5, I suggest you continue to study for 70-536 and pass that.  The ASP.NET 3.5 exam is in beta at this time which means that it will release later this summer.  You can then take that exam to get certified on 3.5.

    Hope that answers your questions.


  • Thanks Gerry...that clears everything up for me.

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