Career Assist Combines Second Shot with E-Learning Discounts
07/25/2011

Microsoft recommends that candidates who plan to take 70-505 have at least a year of experience "working with Windows-based applications using the .NET Framework," according to the exam objective guide

Online PR News – 25-July-2011 – – The Microsoft Learning Group is providing incentives for cash-strapped exam takers by way of discounts for its (http://www.ready4exam.com)mcitp enterprise administrator E-Learning courses.
Dubbed "Career Assist," the incentive is a combination of the popular Second Shot exam retake program along with a significant discount toward a Microsoft E-Learning Collection.
The offer is simple: Anyone who plans to take an exam should first register into the Second Shot program. Registrants are then provided with a promotional code that can be used to take a failed exam for free, and another promotional code that can be applied toward one Microsoft E-Learning Collection.
The offer is significant; normally $350 for a collection, the code reduces it to $35. The catch is that it can be applied only once and the collection's materials are available for only 90 days.
The Second Shot program itself allows exam takers who register into the program to retake a failed exam one time. The Career Assist program incentives must be used up before June 30, 2009.
The .NET exams are coming fast and furious, as another one went into beta last week. Available since Nov. 25 through Dec. 15 is Exam 70-505 TS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development.
Those who pass 70-505 in either the beta or live version will earn the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Applications title, as well as earn credit toward two Professional-level certifications: MCPD: Windows Developer 3.5 and MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer 3.5.
The exam can be taken worldwide at Prometric centers except in China, India and Pakistan. While in beta, the exam is numbered 71-505.
Microsoft recommends that candidates who plan to take (http://www.ready4exam.com)mcitp server administrator have at least a year of experience "working with Windows-based applications using the .NET Framework," according to the exam objective guide. For candidates who want to prepare for the exam, Microsoft lists two official courses related to this exam:
2546B: Core Windows Forms Technologies with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 (three days)
2547A: Advanced Windows Forms Technologies with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 (two days)
There's also a self-study guide from Microsoft Press, MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-526): Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Windows-Based Client Development.
The exam objective guide indicates that the test targets professionals who possess a fairly wide breadth of experience working with Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5, with a majority of the exam measuring candidates on designing and application framework and application components.
Like most high-level Microsoft developer exams, this one should be attempted only by the heart-strong, as Microsoft lists no training resources for this exam in its guide. Also, candidates should also have completed exams for any of the following (http://www.ready4exam.com)mcts windows server 2008 Technology Specialist titles:
MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications
MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Applications
MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5 ADO.NET Applications
MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Communication Foundation Applications
Exam 70-565 is expected to go live in January 2009.