Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Passed 70-564

An email appeared in my inbox the other day congratulating me on passing Pro: Designing and Developing ASP.NET Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. The detailed results came in the mail today, indicating I’d scored 747 (700 was the pass mark).

This means I’ve now completed the requirements for Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD): ASP.NET Developer 3.5 certification, effectively upgrading the MCPD I got for .NET 2.0 last year.

What does this mean?

Well not a real lot really. We’ve had a few interesting discussions at work on the value of certifications. To be honest, while it is nice to add them to the resume, I don’t think they would make much difference as to whether I got a job or not – certainly I think experience is much more important in that respect.

So why bother then? A few reasons come to mind..

  • They’re free (well they are if you manage to get vouchers or take beta exams as I’ve managed to do for every exam so far)
  • You do get a nice feeling when you find out you’ve passed.
  • You get nice certificates in the post that impress family and friends.
  • It can be a useful gauge of how well you know a particular topic, and highlight weaker areas. Sometimes you might even learn useful new things along the way, or clarify something you weren’t sure about.

Finally, I do seem to get the occasional email asking how I passed my exams (and whether I could tell the person what the questions were).

Apart from a couple of exams where I have studied a bit, for the most part I just rely on my actual real-world experience, and when that fails, try to look at the answers logically and pick the one that looks the most likely. That seems to have worked pretty well for me so far.

And no I won’t tell you what the questions are, so don’t bother asking!


Anonymous said...

Another reason to take the exams is that your employer might need you to be certified to contribute toward a competency.

acarum said...

Are there a few question in this exam about Silverlight ?


David Gardiner said...

acarum, if you look at the Skills Measured for this exam, you will not see any mention of Silverlight - so the answer is "No".


Anonymous said...

What 'preparation' did you do given that there is not current book for this exam? Did you work through the older book, and then brush up on differences?


David Gardiner said...

Hi Paul,

It was a while ago now, but I just relied on my experience. You're right that there's no book for this exam.

I did read the book for the .NET 2.0 exam, so that may have helped with this a little bit.