Thursday, September 9, 2010

More about 70-536 exam

As I wrote in previous post I passed Microsoft exam 70-536. Now I want to share some additional thoughts and tips about it.

So, how to prepare to it? First of all I think you should start with corresponding Self-Paced Training Kit provided by Microsoft Press. Be sure to own the second edition and check the errata when reading. It can be good starting point but actually it is not required to read this book. Why? Because it is not enough to read it.

Regardless whether you read book or not the MSDN Library is the best resource ever. Yes, for some topics it still lacks the information but it is rather the exception from the rule. It is good to check objectives of the exam and put all links to needed MSDN articles to some spreadsheet. It will be your checklist and helper in learning. Thanks for this idea to Niall Merrigan whose Excel file I used as the base of mine. I imported it to Google Docs and significantly updated it when studying. If you'll find it useful you can access it here.

What else? Use practice tests. You can find quite lot of them in the free access on the Web. As for me I used it to check what fields of exam objectives I'm bad in. And then I studied or refreshed about it with help of my checklist.

Actually it is all about the way I used to prepare. Last tip - be sure to pay attention to details. Like that GZipStream uses format which includes a cyclic redundancy check value in opposite to DeflateStream. I can provide more examples but I'm sure that you got the whole point.

As for exam I finished it for an hour instead of provided pure two and half hours for answering the questions. Some questions I didn't know for sure but I don't think that I could answer it correctly if I've meditated on it for more time. As I understood for one question I even changed answer to incorrect one, still it didn't matter actually.

I still have voucher for another one exam, but I'm not sure which to choose. I want to pass all of them!:)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

One day of my life

They say that Monday is a hard day. Yes, it was that for me today. I took day off from my work to clear off some business. Now I'm tired and going to sleep but anyway I made decision to make post to by blog which was not updated frequently lately.

Today I had my first lesson in English school. I'll have two lessons in a week in the morning so I think it should be not too hard to find time for them. I liked my group, I think, and my teacher particularly. Maybe in next days when I'll have free time I'll post expanded post for this matter.

The next thing today was my scheduled Microsoft exam 70-536. Yeah, I passed it!:) It was not too hard, but I think it is because I studied hard last few weeks. Anyway I think that my result with score 907 could be better - some topics was not learnt thoroughly. BTW I was surprised that I got maximum score in section about security as I thought that it was the topic which I knew worst. I'm also planning to share my thoughts how to prepare, my checklist etc in the separate blog post. Maybe tomorrow, I don't know.

And last. I had the conversation today about the possibility to continue studying for PhD after finishing my Master program. But it seems that I need to work hard to accomplish this, so actually I'm not confident if it really needed for me, I'm still in doubt. If you have any opinions for this matter, please share them with me in comment, I'll really appreciate that.

Thanks for you time reading this and good night!;)