Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mmmm… MCTS Cake

Recently passed the MCTS 70-630 Exam – MOSS – Configuration. I have had some time to think about it and I think my opinion is: too #^$%$ easy.

I am not trying to be be all ‘me so smart’ – I am not. The comparison is based my only other two certification exams: 70-536 and 70-XXX (the .NET Framework: Web Applications ones). Compared to those the MOSS exam was cake. No, it was like sitting in a lay-z-boy and having someone feed you cake. With a robotic chewing device so you did not have to do that work either.

So exaggerations aside, if you have spent a reasonable amount of time within Central Admin and know a little something about InfoPath, you will be in good shape. Even more, if you have even modest deductive reasoning skills, you will do really well. I don’t want to give any specifics away, but take this example question:

You are a SharePoint admin and need to perform a task you do not know much about. What should you do:

a. Do something ridiculous.
b. Do something even more ridiculous.
c. Do something that kind of makes sense.
d. Do something that is a completely made up admin task.

I actually laughed a few times during the test at how farfetched some of the options were. Then the doubt started: “This is too easy – am I missing something?”, “It can’t be this easy – what am I doing wrong?”,  “Did I lock my car?”

In the end it turned out OK. I plan on taking more MOSS/SP exams, so I am looking forward to comparison. But if you are looking for an easy entry into MCTS-dom, and a fair test (had some issues with MCTS: .Net Framework Web Apps tests), the 70-630 is probably a good way to go.

© I caught you a delicious bass.
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