Here are the current schedule dates for the developer and SQL Server exams that are set to release in either beta or live version. Dates are mm/dd/yyyy.
70-432 - Live
70-433 - 12/10/2008 (live release)
70-448 - Live
70-450 - 11/12/2008 (live release)
70-451 - 11/26/2008 (live release)
70-452 - 11/10/2008 (live release)
70-453 - 11/11/2008 (live release)
70-454 - 12/9/2008 (live release)
70-455 - 11/10/2008 (live release)
70-505 - 11/3/2008 to 11/21/2008 (beta)
70-563 - 10/13/2008 to 10/30/2008 (beta)
70-564 - 11/6/2008 to 12/1/2008 (beta)
70-565 - 11/10/2008 to 12/3/2008 (beta)
70-566, 70-567, 70-568, and 70-569 will not have a beta and will release around the same time as the pro level exams. These dates are in flux at the moment.
Thanks for the update Gerry!
The initial announcement for 70-563 said the beta period is till 10/30/2008.
Prometric site also allows to schedule till 10/30/08 only.
Could you please update Prometric with the correct end date of 11/03/2008?
I would like to use the week-end (11/01 or 11/02) to take the exam.
No, but I will update my post to eliminate my typo. :-)
Gerry, I noticed a few posts mentioning the developer exams you said are in flux will be around Jan 09. Is this just a rumour mill?
Which post are you referring to?
As for a rumor mill, that is something that you will not find here.
I am the Product Planner for developer and SQL certifications at Microsoft so what I post is factual. I know it's true because I'm the one that makes the decisions. :-)
The dates that are posted here are always tentative because there are many unforseen circumstances that can delay exams. What I post is what is current at the time.
Is there a specific exam that you are looking for or are concerned about?
Sorry for being a bit obtuse/cryptic. Actually I was refering to the exams 70-568/70-569. I saw an aussie MS blogger mention Jan 09 release dates as well as cert forums mentioning the 19th Jan (hence rumour mills), but obviously you would know better than anyone :>
I am looking at the upgrades for myself and would like to know when they are available.
Sorry for the confusion.
The beta time for 505, 564 and 564 are overlapping. I will be busy in the comming weeks, if I can get the beta promotion keys.
I see 70-453 live release is right around the corner? Any plans to have a 70-453 specific preparation guide before then?
Not a problem, I wasn't sure if you were talking about posts here or not. Thanks for the clarification.
The dates in this post are valid as of right now but are subject to change.
Keys are forthcoming. :-)
Yes, the prep guides should be online shortly.
For the SQL Server 2008 upgrade exams and specifically the 70-455 exam being released on the 11/10/2008. Are the questions all multiple choice, or all testlet formats, or a combination of both? In SQL Server 2005 certifications for example the 70-445 (TS: BI) was multiple choice, but the 70-446 (PRO: BI) was testlet format.
Can you advise what the format of the 70-455 upgrade exam will be when it is released on 11/10/2008. I have taken all the SQL Server 2005 exams, and the TS flavour tended to be multiple choice, and PRO tended to be Testlet format. As the 70-455 is an upgrade exam, will the exam format combine both flavours of exam question?
Hi Gerry I notice the objectives for 70-505 seem to have changed and no longer covers deployment. What the scoop?
I need to check on the prep guide when I get back in the office next week. When I checked it online, it didn't appear to be complete.
I suspect a small foul up in the creation or publishing of the guide.