Passed My MCPD Web Exams Today

Today I passed the exam 70-528, part of the MCPD training.

Beides passing this one today, I also passed 70-547 yesterday and 70-536 (MCTS) last Thursday. MCPD in four days. Not bad ..... ;-)

I signed up for the training in January 2007, thinking I could do the exams before starting on my ASP.NET 3.5 book. However, training material didn't arrive until April of that year which was at the time I just started writing. So, I postponed learning to January this year. But once you start postponing, it's easy to postpone a little more.

My exam coupons were valid until October this year, so the dead-line was closing in on me. So, finally, about a month and a half ago I started going through the study material. Most of it was quite familiar as I have been working with ASP.NET for around 8 years or so. However, I soon discovered there were a lot of trick questions in the material and practice exams, like "what are the valid key sizes for the RijndaelManaged Encryption class" (answer can be found here).

So, after a lot of studying, I decided to sign up for the exams. I decided, due to time constraints, to do all of them in a week, thinking that would be the fastest path to getting them all done. Fortunately, things worked out as planned, with the MCPD status as the result.

No book to write, no exams to pass..... I wonder what to do next....


Where to Next?

Wonder where to go next? You can read existing comments below or you can post a comment yourself on this article .


Consider making a donation
Please consider making a donation using PayPal. Your donation helps me to pay the bills so I can keep running Imar.Spaanjaars.Com, providing fresh content as often as possible.



Feedback by Other Visitors of Imar.Spaanjaars.Com

On Tuesday, August 05, 2008 2:29:08 PM Rob said:
Great job Imar!

Congratulations! You must be thrilled!

Can't wait to get my outdated MCAD  done so I can move on to do the MCPD :D

Again, very well done!
On Tuesday, August 05, 2008 3:35:45 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Rob,

Thank you, and good luck with MCAD and MCPD certification....

Imar
On Tuesday, August 05, 2008 5:03:49 PM Jeff said:
I just looked at some of the testing requirements for some of these and near as I can see / tell they all go with VS 2005. Is there a different test sequence if you use VS 2008?
On Tuesday, August 05, 2008 5:40:57 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Jeff.

The current tests all target 2005. I believe there is an additional or different program available for 2008. I think you can "upgrade" from 2005 to 2008 with more exams.

Imar
On Wednesday, August 06, 2008 12:25:06 AM Jeff said:
So is this something you have to do every year? Can I ask how much the exams set you back?
On Wednesday, August 06, 2008 7:09:37 AM Imar Spaanjaars said:
No, you become something like "MCPD Visual Studio 2005" which will last. Earlier certifications could expire.

I am by no means a MS Certification expert, so please check out their site at http://www.microsoft.com/Learning/mcp/ for the true details.

Cheers,

Imar
On Wednesday, August 06, 2008 3:55:30 PM Truff said:
>>Today I passed the exam 70-528, part of the MCPD training.<<

Congratulations, clever clogs (and I mean that in the nicest possible way, you know that!)

>>No book to write, no exams to pass..... I wonder what to do next...<<

Can I suggest you get those holiday clogs on and chill out - you deserve a break!!
On Monday, August 18, 2008 7:51:51 AM Sundeep said:
Hi Imar,

Congratulations!!!! Wish you continue with your great job.

Thanks,
Sundeep.
On Thursday, August 21, 2008 6:15:01 PM Nisar Khan said:
congrats!

please share us your resources where you get your studying material or something...
On Thursday, August 21, 2008 8:10:29 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Nisar,

I used the books from the "MCPD Self-Paced Training Kit" available from Amazon.com + hands-on experience...

Imar
On Thursday, August 21, 2008 9:48:26 PM Geoff said:
Hey congrats with your exams!!! Wonderful news. I guess it won't be long before you think of something to do next :-)
On Thursday, June 18, 2009 2:37:05 PM ram said:
where to write for MCTS and MCPD exams and how many attempts is allowed for it
On Thursday, June 18, 2009 2:40:03 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi ram,

Heuh? What? No idea what you're asking....

Imar
On Saturday, June 20, 2009 2:47:59 AM ram said:
how to apply for the MCPD exams
On Saturday, June 20, 2009 7:22:43 AM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi ram,

Heuh??? Try a certified training center in your neighbourhood or the Microsoft web site.

Imar

Talk Back! Comment on Imar.Spaanjaars.Com

I am interested in what you have to say about this article. Feel free to post any comments, remarks or questions you may have about this article. The Talk Back feature is not meant for technical questions that are not directly related to this article. So, a post like "Hey, can you tell me how I can upload files to a MySQL database in PHP?" is likely to be removed. Also spam and unrealistic job offers will be deleted immediately.

When you post a comment, you have to provide your name and the comment. Your e-mail address is optional and you only need to provide it if you want me to contact you. It will not be displayed along with your comment. I got sick and tired of the comment spam I was receiving, so I have protected this page with a simple calculation exercise. This means that if you want to leave a comment, you'll need to complete the calculation before you hit the Post Comment button.

If you want to object to a comment made by another visitor, be sure to contact me and I'll look into it ASAP. Don't forget to mention the page link, or the QuickDocId of the document.

For more information about the Talk Back feature, check out this news item.