As reported here: http://msmobiles.com/news.php/5492.html, we've been working on this exam for a while now and the team is executing the beta phase next month. Read on for more details about this exam and how to register for the beta. Do it quickly, as space is limited!

Microsoft Certifications

Beta Exam 71-540: TS: Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 5.0 - Application Development [Beta version of Exam 70-540]

As an early adopter or someone who has expressed interest in Microsoft Certifications, you are invited to take the Beta (pre-release) version of Exam 70-540 and provide feedback. The Beta exam is FREE for you, and it will count towards certification in the same way as the final version of the exam.   When the exam begins, you will be able to specify whether you want to take the exam in Visual C# .NET or in Visual Basic .NET.

Microsoft® has launched a New Generation of Certifications. There are two series of credentials for .NET Framework developers: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD).  The MCTS credential highlights your ability to develop applications using the .NET Framework 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. The MCPD credential highlights your job role, featuring your specific area of expertise and allowing you to distinguish yourself as an expert in Windows Development, Web Application Development, or Enterprise Applications Development.

Exam 70-540 is required to achieve the “Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft Windows Mobile® 5.0 Applications certification.

You are being given advanced notification about this Beta exam. By participating in Beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification Program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to the development of a high quality exam. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.  You can expect to receive notification on whether or not you have passed the exam before the final exam is released.

The preparation information for this exam can be found at:

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-540.mspx

Beta exams have limited availability (approximately 700 seats worldwide), so please follow the registration information below to make your reservation. 

**Registration Information**

Note: You will be given four hours to complete the Beta exam. Please plan accordingly.

Testing is held at Thomson Prometric and Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries. You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam. Contact your exam provider for seat availability, which is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This exam will have limited availability and will be offered for a limited time.

Please register for the exam only if you intend to take the exam, and register as soon as you receive this notice. Registration will open August 8, 2006 – AGAIN, SEATING IS LIMITED.

Please read the following registration information carefully as the schedules vary depending on which testing center you choose:

Registration begins:

August 8, 2006

Beta exam period runs:

September 6, 2006 through September 20, 2006

Please use the following promotional code when registering for the 71-540 Exam:

BTA540

This Beta exam period is subject to change.

To register for this exam or for information about testing centers in your area, call:

  • Thomson Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)
  • Pearson VUE: 800 TEST Registration (800-837-8734)

Outside the U.S./Canada, please visit the following Web sites for registration information:

NOTE : This Beta exam will not be available in China, India and Pakistan.

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Microsoft Certification Program Information on the World Wide Web

For more information, visit the Microsoft Learning Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/mcp/

Specific pages that answer some frequently asked questions are listed below.

What is a Beta exam?

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/faq/procedures.asp

Where can I learn more about the registration process?

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/register/default.asp

How do I prepare for this exam?

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-540.mspx

When will my Beta exam results be available?

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/faq/procedures.asp#D

Where can I learn more about the Beta exam invitation process?

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/status/beta.asp

How can I learn more about the new and improved item types?

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/faq/innovations.asp

If you have further questions regarding this exam or the Microsoft Certification Program, please contact your Regional Service Center.  You may find the contact information for your Regional Service Center here:  http://www.microsoft.com/learning/support/worldsites.asp.