Visual Studio 2010 Exams Update

Visual Studio 2010 Exams Update

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We are just finishing up week two of intense exam design sessions today.  Last week we created the outline for the MCTS Windows and Web exams.  Lots of great discussion by a group of excellent subject matter experts for each session.  Please know that these people are rock stars and they have your best interest at heart.  They fight for what is right and what will make a great exam experience for you and the industry.

This week, we are finalizing details on the outline for the WCF and ADO.NET MCTS exams as well.  I’m sitting in the WCF session and I can tell you that my head hurts at times from the passionate discussions that are taking place.  We have very knowledgeable people in the room for these sessions and each has a passion for the technology.  They want to ensure the best experience and coverage for the exam and this results in some really great discussions and sometimes, a little arm bending too.

Next week, we tackle the MCPD Windows and Web exams and I fully expect the sessions to go the same way.

In the end, we know that we will never satisfy everybody’s wishes for what should be covered in an exam but know this, your peers are helping to ensure that the most important aspects are represented here to ensure that we are validating real-world skills. 

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their hard work, perseverance and patience over these weeks.  I hope that you are happy with the results when you see the prep guides posted later this year.


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  • Hi Peter,

    If you hold the MCPD Enterprise Developer 3.5 cert, you will be able to upgrade to either the Web or Windows MCPD for .NET 4.

    Nothing special required, just take the appropriate upgrade exam.

    You will likely be better positioned to pass the exams as well because of the coverage on WCF and ADO that will on these upgrades.


  • Will it be possible to upgrade from 2.0 to 4? There has never been any study material released for 70-567 and for the longest time now the local certification centers have been maintaining this is because Microsoft will be offering a 2.0 to 4.0 exam, has this whole upgrade path been abandoned now?

  • Hi Steve,

    I'm not certain where your local testing centers are getting their information from but it is unfortunately incorrect.

    We will not be offering an upgrade path directly from .NET 2.0 to .NET 4.  We don't upgrade across two versions due to the complexity involved in providing an adequate upgrade exam that covers the technology changes.

    You will need to upgrade to 3.5 first, then to 4.


  • Hi Gerry, when will the new exams for WCF be available?


    Jason Mitchell

  • Hi Jason,

    You beat me to it.  I am about to make an announcement on the beta exams for VS2010.

    They should be available in the March time frame but I need to lock on the dates first.

    Expect a post today or tommorrow.


  • Hi Gerry,

    I have completed my MCPD Enterprise Developer 3.5 cert,Can you please let me know which path should I take for upgradation to 4.0 certification as the upgrade certification path paper 521 and 523 shows it's expiring on July 31.



  • Hi Hemant,

    I just checked the date on this and it has been extended to 2014 so you still have a full year to complete that track upgrade if you want.


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