If you pass one of the beta exams, 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. The following exams are a part of this beta offering.
Exam 71-511, TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 71-515, TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 71-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 71-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 71-518: Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 71-519: Pro: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Registration begins: March 17, 2010
Beta exam period runs: April 5, 2010 – April 30, 2010
Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register as soon as registration opens. 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. If you register, please ensure you are committed to attend.
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
You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam. Please use the following promotional codes when registering for your chosen exam(s):
To register in North America, please call:
Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)
Outside the U.S./Canada, please contact:
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:
Exam 70-511, TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 70-515, TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 70-518: Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 70-519: Pro: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a beta exam?
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Are you just saying that there is no BETA Enterprise exam, or that there will not be an Enterprise level certification at all for .NET 4 (essentially, it will be removed) and there will only be Web and Windows MCPD level certifications?
The requirements for each certification can be found here;
As for your question on item #3, the upgrade exams test on components from WCF, ADO.NET, Web or Windows TS and Web or Windows Pro. As a result, you acquire those certifications from .NET 4. The only stipulation is that you must have an MCPD in 3.5 in the proper technology.
You will not earn any 3.5 certification by taking a 4 exam. All of you questions are answered at the site listed above.
Please don't confuse the .NET 3.5 and .NET 4 requirements. Use the site listed above to evaluate the cert paths and requirements for each.
At this time, there is no .NET 4 Enterprise exam or credential. I do not plan to create one at this point in time or for the next fiscal year.
Thanks Gerry, that clarifies everything.
So, do you mean there is a predefined count for each exam center for a given exam?
I am trying to register from Arizona USA. I was able to validate code for 71-516. But still same issue with 71-515... :(
I am trying to register for Exam 71-515
I got a message The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion.
Looks like the promo code has a limit
No, there is only one limit per code, worldwide. My comment was simply to indicate that a testing center "may" present that message if there are no available seats at that specific testing center even if there are still available beta slots.
Apparently the Web exam is extremely popular but again, I am awaiting confirmation that we have reached the limit on this code.
If you read the beta invitation, it clearly states that there are limited seats available.
All beta exams are the same, there are limitations to how many exams we can open up in the beta phase.
I'm trying to resgister to 71-515 with promo code "515AA" but I also get the following error: "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion".
I'm from Brazil. I've tried others centers but they all give the same error.
Is it over already for 71-515?
It appears so but again, I need to verify this with Prometric first.
I'm from Brazil too and I've managed to register for the 70-515 exam here in Fortaleza in a Prometric site (Lanlink), but that was on the 17th !
Any one wanted to take these tests needs to note that Microsoft allocates a fixed number of Beta spots AFAIK ... at least one of the tests has no places left ... if YOU are going to register, do it now before it's too late for you.
If you're in North America, you might want to register by telephone using the 1-800- number that Gerry O'Brien gives above.
Also, if you've not taken a Beta exam, they are much LONGER exams than the normal exams. AFAIK, the Betas are four hours.
do you know if there are any possibility to open more places for 71-515. If don't, ¿can we register for the exam paying? ¿and MCTs can have discount?
Thanks in advance,
I'll speak with other concerned parties internally to see if we can increase the cap.
If so, I will post an announcement on this blog.
I am very disappointed that you guys are not allowing Indian people to take free exams. This is unfair to Indian developers and we live in open world and everyone should have equal chance to give that exams.
Thanks and Regards,