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
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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.
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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
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While I agree that we live in an open world and I agree with the sentiment on your other post about India having talented people, I need to let you know that it has nothing to do talent or discrimination.
The restrictions are in place for India, China, and Pakistan for very specific reasons. I cannot divulge specifics about the issue however, there have been serious problems with our exam content when delivered in these locations during beta periods.
We have every right to restrict where these exams can be delivered when we feel there is justification. You will have to trust me when I say there is justification.
Prometric should be embarrassed. Their website is an insult to candidates. I wouldn't go to a mechanic that can't fix a car, and I won't be going to a test administrator that can barely register attendees.
It <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/tomarcher/archive/2006/01/26/free-microsoft-certification-exam-in-visual-c.aspx">looks like</a> the restrictions on beta exams in India, China, and Pakistan have been in place since at least four years ago, so it is nothing new, too.
I just registered for Exam 71-519. I'm MCPD ASP.NET 3.5. Is that correct or should I wait for a upgrade exam ? If I pass 71-519 what I earn ?
You will earn a pass on the exam.
In order to achieve the MCPD, you will be required to take either the beta exam, or the prerequisite MCTS exams.
I get this message when registering for the exam
The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion.
That means there are currently no more open seats for the exam.
I live in Azerbaijan
and prometric says - Discount is not offered for this Site.
what am I supposed to do?
I had passed 70-536, can I get MCTS certificate if I pass 71-511 ?
Congratulations on passing 70-536.
When you pass 70-511 you will achieve an MCTS certification.
I almost hate to mention this but, 70-536 is not required for .NET 4 so just passing 70-511 by itself will get you the certification.
70-536 is a prerequisite for the .NET 2.0 and 3.5 exams so if you wanted to get an MCTS on those versions, you are half way there. :-)
I know it's made clear from the start beta exams are longer, but has anyone else noticed that the increase in the number of questions in not equal to the increase in time, compared to the normal exams? (I'm being vague on purpose in case the actual number of questions is not supposed to be public or something)
Overall, the number of questions are lower this time around because we will be seeding in new items later this year for the live versions of the exams.
I have mcpd 3.5 Web. To upgrade to 4.0, it says take the 70-519 exam. Does this exam cover all of these:
MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications
MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications
MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access???
It appears to be an MCPD 4.0 one has to have 3 MCTS's plus 70-519, which is more like the old enterprise certification.
Am I reading the requirements correctly?
Where did you see the text where it says to updrade to 4.0 take 70-519? That exam is not an upgrade exam and no, it doesn't cover all those listed certs.
You need to take 70-523 to upgrade from MCPD 3.5 ASP.NET or 3.5 Enterprise.