Yesterday I took my first ever Microsoft Certified Professional test and yes, I passed. I took test 70-315 otherwise known as “Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Visual C# and Visual Studio.NET”, a mouthful for sure. Lino asked me to take it in light of the fact that the rest of the Falafel team is certified. I think I spent a little over four hours studying with this book which I found quite helpful. I focused on Internationalization and deployment since I’d pretty much touched on everything else. I found the included practice exam was right on the mark and good preparation for the test.
When I arrived at the testing center and the attendant was on the phone so she setup a computer and let me sit down. I was given no directions to speak of and after clicking through the first few screens for NDA’s etc. the test started. When I finished what I thought was the first set of questions I was given a chance to review my answers and continue. At that point, the test ended rather unceremoniously after 45 or so questions and gave me a “Congratulations you passed!”. I informed the attendant and she came over and printed a piece of paper with the details, said “congrats” and I left.
It’s funny I was struggling to recall the last exam I took and I guess it would probably have been my driver’s test back in 1999 when I moved to Seattle to work for Microsoft. Anyway, I’m over the test taking anxiety even though Lino assured me it would be easy. He was right.