Heh. A few month ago, I had the chance to take the "beta" exam for Certiport's OneNote 2010 certification course. They now have rolled it out here, and the twittersphere had a storm about this a week or so ago. The beta test was interesting. I was told that we were taking the test as they expected to give it, but if there were questions that everyone consistently missed, then that question might get removed from the final pool. Then, based on the results, a baseline score to receive certification would be established. This seemed reasonable but I honestly have no confirmation that this actually happened.

And when I say "we" I mean a bunch of OneNote users from around Microsoft. I think one other tester and I were the only two folks from the product team who took the test so there should be minimal chance of us skewing the results. And the exam was fairly broad in scope - I got 85% correct. I have no feedback on what I missed (probably some shortcut keys somewhere), and when I was done I gave them some feedback on questions which seemed a bit vague to me.

Then over the long weekend I received my certificate which now confirms I am a MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist)! I'll hang it on my door here for a few days as a boast then take it down. I kind of wish I could have taken some of the other exams, but we only heard about the OneNote opportunity very shortly before the actual exam. Maybe next time.

I won't give away any of the questions (obviously) but there is a study list of topics from the exam here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=77-853&Locale=en-us#tab2

A nice little certificate is now hanging out for all to see! This was a nice little task that I gave me the chance to volunteer and help with getting more folks certified.

Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,

John