It's rare that test-takers get a reward for failing. However, for a brief time between April 30th and July 1st,...
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MCP candidates in the United States who sign up for, take, and fail any single Windows 2003 core exam at Pearson VUE can re-take that exam for free! The program is aptly named "Second Shot" and is mentioned with little fanfare on the Microsoft Web site on a Limited-Time Offers page. The exams covered in this program include:
- 70-270, Windows XP
- 70-290, Managing Windows 2003 Server
- 70-291, Managing a Windows 2003 Server Network
- 70-292, MCSA Upgrade
- 70-293, Planning a Windows 2003 Server Network
- 70-294, Planning Windows 2003 Server Active Directory Infrastructure
- 70-296, MCSE Upgrade
- 70-297, Designing Windows 2003 Active Directory
- 70-298, Designing Windows 2003 Security
Important Note: Candidates who wish to exercise the offer must re-take the failed exam on or before July 31, 2004. Alas, the offer applies to only one of the exams on the list so don't sign up for a bunch thinking you can retake all of the them for free.
Even though it's a limited time offer, for those already preparing for one or more of these exams it's a good deal. Details on how to take advantage of the deal are covered in a posting on the Microsoft Discussions in MCSE newsgroup. Basically, you must sign up for the exam at VUE, and then call a special phone number to exercise the offer if and when you fail one of these exams. Having failed a couple of MCP exams myself over the years, I'd particularly recommend that those boning up for MCSA (70-292) or MCSE (70-296) upgrade exams consider taking up this offer. Good luck!
Ed Tittel is a long-time certification follower. He's series editor for Exam Cram 2, a popular assembly of cert prep books from Que Publishing, and a contributing editor for Certification Magazine. He also covers certification topics for InformIT.com, and numerous other TechTarget Web sites.