With Microsoft Certification, you can prove your ability to successfully implement, build on, troubleshoot, and debug a particular Microsoft technology, such as a Windows operating system, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Visual Studio. This validates your experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions. In a nutshell, it gives you & your employer (prospective or current) the confidence that you can work on a technology and have the bare minimum knowledge to be called a developer/beginner on that technology. One thing to remember Certifications don’t guarantee expertise.  Expertise is a function of experience. People prefer different ways to prepare for a certification – someone would go and download dumps and someone would want to really learn and legitimately finish the exam. I am going to give you some tips to prepare for the exam and actually learn it:

1. Use Microsoft Learning Courses or Use Self Paced Training Kit for the Exams
http://learning.microsoft.com/Manager/Catalog.aspx

2. Utilize Free Trainings from Channel9 of specific topics

http://channel9.msdn.com/

3. Utilize Microsoft rampup portal

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/rampup/default.aspx

Divide your schedule as follows:

1. First 4 weeks – go through the books and resources etc.

2. Take practice tests from websites like http://www.measureup.com

3. Use Free tests from Brainbench

4. Create a study group with friends and discuss topics that you feel difficult

5. Try hands on labs and virtual labs from Microsoft

All the Best!!!