Dates Set for Visual Studio 2010 Exam Design

Dates Set for Visual Studio 2010 Exam Design

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October and November will be busy months around here as we start design on the Visual Studio 2010 exams.  These sessions will be a little different than what we did for VS2008 as we are working with our Portfolio Design team on a combined effort using our USD 3.0 processes.

USD stands for Unified Skills Domain and its main purpose is to ensure alignment across the entire portfolio for exams and training.  The sessions create an exam design known as an Object Domain(OD) and a complete portfolio document set, the USD.  The OD goes on to be the guidance for exam writers to create content for the exam and the USD goes on to be guidance for content writers for training.

This is a great mechanism for creating content and exam designs that are in sync and benefit our customers and trainers.  If you are an expert on any of the below topics and are available during the indicated dates, drop me a reply.  We are recruiting for Subject Matter Experts to help in these sessions.  If you are expert in these areas, get in touch.

October 19 to 23

70-511 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications Development (WPF)
70-515 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Web Applications Development

October 26 to 30

70-513 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Windows Communication Foundation Development
70-516 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Accessing Data with ADO.NET

November 2 to 6

70-518 Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET 4
70-519 Pro: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4



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  • OMG!... it is to fast, the VS 2008 Exams this educative curve is impressively high... I have no more than 2 months with the MCTS (70-502) and now I'm out of date... well, early to...

  • Hello Gerry,

    Maybe I can help you.

    Here is more information about me:

  • Thanks Israel,

    I only speak English so I can't really read all of the page you linked to.

    Please contact me directly at gerry.obrien@ the last part is obvious and left off to prevent email farming.


  • You can put me on for the ASP.NET ones .. I think I signed up for this on the site too

  • Crap!  I thought we cut the Internet links to Scandinavia.  :-)

    Now let me see, where do I know you from again Niall?  :0

    You know your name is on the list.


  • Way to make a guy feel wanted there Gerry :)

    We have really strong wires here in Norway, just in case!!!

  • Nope, Scandinavia is still connected. I'll send you an email for some as well.

  • Let me just congratulate you guys on the work, looking forward to taking the Web MCTS! Any ideas when the offical book for them will be available to revise and roughly when they will be out for the UK?

  • Hi Ravi,

    I cannot offer any dates on books.  They are completely dependant on the completion of the exam design and then author schedule.

    I will share news about those, when I have it.


  • What about approximate dates for beta exams?

  • Yes, what about them?

    When they are scheduled, an announcement will be made.  That's the best I can offer for now.


  • hi,

    you can write me down for

    Windows Applications Development (WPF)


    Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET 4


  • Good luck with the exam development. I hope the new processes result in study guides that actually cover all of the exam requirements, including the material that the practice exams cover. I haven't done the 3.5 exams but the study guides for 2.0 and missed a lot of material that the practice exam authors seed to have access to. (sorry if I'm ranting :)

  • Hi Stuart,

    This is not a new process.  We have been using this process for almost 4 years now.

    I has nothing to do with ensuring that a training kit is created or not.  Nor does it ensure a 100% mapping of training content to exam questions.  That will never happen.

    The exam questions are developed in isolation from the training content.  It has to be that way for many reasons.  The foremost, of which you have heard me say on this blog before, is to ensure that someone can't take a study guide, sit down with it for a couple of weeks and then pass the exam, without having any experience using the products.

    If that is what you are hoping for, then I am sorry to say you will be disappointed again.  The exam are designed to validate knowledge and skills, not that you can memorize someone else's questions and pass the exam as a result.  It's no better than a brain dump.

    (sorry if I'm ranting)  :-)


  • Hi Elias,

    Thanks for your interest.

    Please forward a current CV to me at gerryDOTobrien@ and you can figure out the rest.


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