Sudar Blogs: My Certification Experiences

A record of my experiences with certifications. Starting with BrainBench, moving on to Microsoft (MCP, MCDBA, MCAD) and … surely one day with Sun (SCJP), together with things I come across my day to day life.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Finally MCDBA - Cleared 70-315

Upaaa….Finally became MCDBA. Cleared my 70-315 exam this Saturday. Any guess for the score, ya it is 1000. I was slightly thrilled after seeing the score. May be I found the answer to the long lasting question – “What is the maximum score for a Microsoft exam? “. I am certain that I got the maximum and the maximum score is 1000 (at least for my exam) The reason being that in the report card, there are bar graphs which show the percentage for each section of the exam that you have scored and for me all the five bar graphs were showing 100 % (which means that I have scored 100% in the exam) correct? Speaking about the exam, it wasn’t that difficult as I expected. There were lot of questions from ADO.NET and Web Services. I expected them only in my 70-320 exam ;-). Microsoft self-paced training kit was really helpful. It took me only 1 minute per question to answer. The total time allocated was 150 minutes. So, what’s next? Have one more exam to become MCAD and 3 more exams to become MCSD. So I am planning to take up 70-320 next and then 70-316 and then 70-300 Self-note - I have allocated 2 weeks time 70-320 and hopefully should complete it with in that time. Planning to used Microsoft Self-paced Kit for this one too.
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Friday, April 22, 2005

Taking up 70-315 tomorrow

I am planning to write my 70-315 exam this Saturday (23 April). It’s been a long preparation for me. I was preparing for more than 3 weeks. I have mainly used Microsoft Self-Paced training kit and ASP.NET Quick Start and also a couple of articles from MSDN. If every thing goes fine, I would be a MCDBA by the same time tomorrow. Hmm.. that gives me a thrill feeling. Hey 70-315, I am coming to crack you up.. be waiting for me….

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

BrainBench Games – My Status

Work had become hectic and added to that is my preparation for 70-315. I found time only to clear the following three exams in BrainBench during the free offer period.

  • MS SQL Server 2000 Administration
  • MS SQL Server 2000 Programming
  • XML Concepts

If you are interested you can view my Brainbench online transcript here.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Some useful Certification Groups

One of my friend, gave me a nice collection of yahoo and Google groups related to Certifications. Thought it will be useful for those who are preparing for certifications. Here is the list Yahoo Groups Google Groups Note: The familiar disclaimer. I am not affiliated or related to any of these groups. Use them at your own risk. If you find any links broken or not appropriate to certifications do write to me or leave a comment, I will remove it.