Monthly Archives: December 2014

Take Microsoft Exams Online. Yes, Now You Can

microsoft online proctored exams, online exam   As IT certification landscape continues to change, Microsoft takes its online proctored exams global, so more and more candidates can become Microsoft Certified Professionals without leaving their home/office. While in the beginning Microsoft IT proctored exams were available exclusively in the United States, the company has added 20 more counties earlier this month. So now MCP and MTA exams are now available in the following countries Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Uruguay.

The next wave of expansion is planned for early 2015, and will supposedly include the following markets: Canada, China, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Spain and South Korea.

The video below, filmed by Microsoft, tells you everything you need to know about MCP/MTA online proctored exams. Don not expect them to be easy as there is no way you can cheat. Before the exam begins, a proctor will ask you to rotate a camera around the room to make sure there are no suspicious items in your sight (not to mention that you have to be alone in the room!). Candidates are asked to take posters/calendars from their walls, remove any kind of papers they might have around them etc. Most importantly, your camera will be enabled throughout the whole exam, and you will be watched by a proctor. So in terms of security and candidate control, Microsoft online proctored exams are no different when compared to the traditional exams in the testing center. Find out more:

So if you live far from the testing center or simply prefer taking the exam in the comfort of your home office, be sure to explore this option. To register, follow the instructions on the Microsoft website, just the way you would register for a regular exam, and you’ll have an option to choose ‘online proctored’.

Once you take this exam, be sure to tell us what you think! Meanwhile, read this blog post of an MCP sharing his experience taking a Microsoft online proctored exam

EMC: New Exams Coming in January: E2O -597, E20-377, E20-375

emc,  new exams, it certification examsWhile most of us are deciding on where to party for the New Years’ EMC is busy overhauling its certification program. The company is updating a number of its EMC Proven Professional certifications.

On January 9, 2015, EMC will introduce 3 new certification exams: E2O -597, E20-377, E20-375. Two of these exams are specific to EMC²’s RecoverPoint, a data protection program, while the third is tied to a different data security suite, EMC²’s NetWorker. All exams have been designed in order to make sure that EMC certified professionals keep up with the latest trends on data technologies, data recovery, storage and networking solutions. Let’s take a closer look at the exams.

E2O -597 Exam: NetWorker Specialist Exam for Storage Administrators

This exam is a qualifying exam for the Storage Administrators –NetWorker Specialist track.

This exam tests candidates’ knowledge of concepts and terminology, and the capabilities of successfully administering solutions using EMC NetWorker. As a successful candidate, you will need to demonstrate the knowledge required to administer, configure, monitor and maintain EMC NetWorker backup solutions. The EMC E2O -597 Exam will contain 60 questions and lasts 90 minutes.

E20-377 RecoverPoint/SE Specialist Exam for Implementation Engineers

The EMC E20-377 exam is a qualifying exam for the EMC Implementation Engineer RecoverPoint/SE Specialist track. It targets the area of deployment of RecoverPoint/SE systems, including installation, configuration, troubleshooting and management of physical and virtual RecoverPoint Appliances and Splitter.

Containing 60 questions and taking the maximum of 90 minutes to complete, the EMC E20-377 exam focuses on deployment of RecoverPoint/SE systems, including installation, configuration, troubleshooting and management of physical and virtual RecoverPoint Appliances and Splitter. Other topics include RecoverPoint/SE architecture, theory of operations, splitting technologies; site planning and configuration requirements; configuration and operations of consistency groups as well as configuration for integration with different virtualization software.

E20-375 RecoverPoint Specialist Exam for Implementation Engineers

EMC exam E20-375 tests the skills in deployment of RecoverPoint systems, including installation, configuration, troubleshooting and management of physical and virtual RecoverPoint Appliances and Splitter. Like the 2 exams above, it contains 60 questions which candidates need to complete within 90 minutes.

As a qualifying exam for the EMC Implementation Engineer RecoverPoint Specialist track, the E20-375 focuses on deployment of RecoverPoint systems, including installation, configuration, troubleshooting and management of physical and virtual RecoverPoint Appliances and Splitter.

It also covers RecoverPoint architecture, theory of operations, and write splitting technologies; site planning and configuration requirements; configuration and operations of consistency groups as well as configuration for integration with different virtualization software.

So would you consider pursuing these new EMC certifications in 2015? Do you see their potential value for your career? Feel free to tell us what you think!

Holiday Special: Take New MCSE Exams For FREE!

holiday offers, new exam, free exam,  mcse, microsoft, promo codeDo you remember the new Enterprise Devices and Apps MCSE we told you about?  The new MCSE exams are currently in beta, and this Christmas, Microsoft invites you to take them free of charge. The pitfall? You MUST take the exam before December 29, 2014! Not enough preparation time? Why not give it a try anyways since the exams are free?

You can take one or both of the exams, but remember – during the beta stage you can take each exam only once. You can take the exams at a Pearson VUE test center or via online proctoring (participating countries only).

What do you need to do?

Exam 695 Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps. To register, go to: https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-695.aspx

Use promo code VITOMVP when prompted for payment at the payment screen

Exam 696 Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps: To register for exam 696 go to:  https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-696.aspx.

Use promo code VITIMVP when prompted for payment at the payment screen

Registrations via promo code are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Do remember that you will not know immediately if you passed the exam – this is standard for all Microsoft beta exams. Once the beta period is over, the exams will be scored and your results will be available.

The offer is not valid for India, China, Pakistan, or Turkey.

If you take the exam, remember to share your feedback and thoughts with our IT Certification community. Happy Holidays!

Must Bookmark: Microsoft’s Retiring Exams Directory

microsoft,  retiring exams,  it certificationPlanning to take a Microsoft exam some time soon? Make sure it’s not getting retired in 2015!

As technology keeps rapidly changing, there is little wonder that a number of IT certifications become irrelevant and out of date very fast. As a result, some exams get minor updates while others get retired. This is the case with Microsoft: the vendor has retired a number of exams this year, and plans to do it further in 2015. All these changes are impossible to keep track of in separate post and bits, so Microsoft Learning has compiled all retired/retiring certifications and exams in one database. Check it out here.

 

It’s Cyber Monday & Cyber Week! Get Codes Inside!

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Hey Guys! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving, and HAPPY CYBER MONDAY! The great news is, we are turning it into a Cyber Week! Until the end of this week, enjoy special 35% discount off all Premium VCE files! Here’s your promo code for ExamCollection website: MONDAY35 !!!

What’s more, our friends at Avanset are running a similar sale, and their 35% discount code is CYBERMONDAY – valid for all VCE software purchased through www.avanset.com!

Both codes are valid until Sunday, 7 December, so you still have time to save on your exam prep! But do not procrastinate for too long: remember that these cyber week offers won’t be around forever! Happy Cyber Week!