SQL Server Beta Exams Extended, Open Invitation

SQL Server Beta Exams Extended, Open Invitation

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Below, you will find two beta exams invitations for SQL Server 2008 DBA 71-432 and SQL Server 2008 BI 71-448.

These exams will be available until July 31, 2008.

71-432 - Promo code 943F6

You are invited to take beta exam 71-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance. You were specifically chosen to participate in this beta because of your current Microsoft Certification status or previous participation with Microsoft Learning. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of MCP exams, when the exam is released in its final form the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration.
By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.

71-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

· Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance


Availability

Registration begins: June 5, 2008

Beta exam period runs: June 9, 2008– July 31, 2008

Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately. Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.

Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions).  All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.

Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China


71-448 - Promo code B6543

You are invited to take beta exam 71-448: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance. You were specifically chosen to participate in this beta because of your current Microsoft Certification status or previous participation with Microsoft Learning. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of MCP exams, when the exam is released in its final form the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration.
By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.

71-448: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

· Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance


Availability

Registration begins: June 15, 2008

Beta exam period runs: June 16, 2008– July 31, 2008

Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately. Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.

Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions).  All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.

Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China


Registration Information

You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam.
Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: 943F6
Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately.

To register in North America, please call:

Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)

Outside the U.S./Canada, please contact:

Prometric: http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp


Test Information and Support

You are invited to take this beta exam at no charge.
You will be given four hours to complete the beta exam. Please plan accordingly.
Find exam preparation information: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-432.mspx


Frequently Asked Questions

For Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) help and information, you may log in to the MCP Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/or contact your Regional Service Center: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/support/worldsites.asp.

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  • shouldnt there be a coupon code for this?

  • can you release the promotion code for the BI beta exam (71-448)?

  • If you're interested in becoming certified in SQL Server and are really, really driven, there's

  • Hurrah!  Thought I'd missed out on this one, thanks Gerry :)

  • The code doesn't work for 71-448, does that mean it's full already, Or can I only sit one, not both?

  • Hi Gerry,

    The promo code "943F6" doesn't seem to work for 71-448 with error Discount is not offered for this Exam Alias. But works fine on 432. Probably a different one? Hope I'm just not overlooking something. Thanks for the info.

  • MCTS SQL Server 2008 DBA 71-432 and BI 71-448 beta exams

  • The codes are:

    71-432 - Promotion code: 943F6

    71-448 - Promotion Code: B6543

  • Thanks Graeme,

    My cut and paste job failed to include the 448 code.

    Gerry

  • Thanks Graeme,

    My cut and paste job failed to include the 448 code.

    Gerry

  • I'm a SQL Server DBA, have 8 yrs of experience as a DBA working in NJ. I would like to receive Open invitation for SQL Server Beta Exams Extended. I have already Subscribed for MSDN Flash as a pre-requisite to receive this invitiation.

    Can you please let me know what else should I need to do to receive this letter

  • Hi Suresh,

    Our current process uses a list of candidates who have taken beta exams in the past and scored well on them, MCPs who have helped us during exam design etc., and MVPs.  This is the initial group of people that get sent the invitation.  Occasionally it will go out in the MCP Flash newsletter as well.

    When a beta exam is ready to be published, we use our data on candidates past scoring on the subject and create a list from that database.  

    We do not maintain a database of candidates who are interested in participating in beta exams for the purpose of sending out invitations.  

    As you can well imagine, the numbers of candidates wanting to take a free exam would be huge and the potential that unqualified canidates greatly outnumbering the qualified candidates would limit the possibility of you being able to register for the exam and would incorrectly skew our psychometric data that we collect on the beta exams.  Also, the beta period is limited and so are seating opportunities at the testing centers which means that there is a good chance qualified candidates would not be able to register for and take the exam.  

    It is imperative that we ensure qualified candidates take the exams at the early stages.  It also helps to reduce piracy of the exam content during the beta phase.

    My suggestion is to take these current exam betas and score well on them to increase your chance of getting invitations for the next round.

    I will not and do not accept requests to be added to a beta invitation list.  The above menioned procedure is the only way to ensure a place on future betas.  It's a catch-22 I know.

    Gerry

  • Ghiotta occasione per chi è accorto di "liquidi"... Qualche giorno fa un esimio collega mi

  • Hi Gerry,

    Thanks for the beta exams info. Would there be any  beta exam for MCITP SQL 2008 BI?

    Cheers,

    Iman

  • Hi Iman,

    Yes, there will be a beta exam for the MCITP BI for SQL 2008.

    As usual, it will not be open to the public unless required.   If you are subscribed to the MCP Flash and have scored high enough on previous exams, you may be identified as a potential candidate for inclusion in the beta of this exam.

    There are no guarantees however that you will be notified.

    Gerry

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