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....

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On Tuesday, August 5, 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Can't wait to get my outdated MCAD  done so I can move on to do the MCPD :D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 5, 2008 3:35:45 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi Rob,

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

On Tuesday, August 5, 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 5, 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.

On Wednesday, August 6, 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 6, 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 for the true details.


On Wednesday, August 6, 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.

On Thursday, August 21, 2008 6:15:01 PM Nisar Khan said:

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 + hands-on experience...

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....

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.


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