Microsoft CertificationsHow Do I Prepare to Pass The Test?

By: Steven Ross

There is no denying the value of Microsoft certifications. This is a perfect way to distinguish yourself in an overcrowded field, making you more employable, increasing your chances of getting promotions, and winning big outsourcing contracts. However, before you start celebrating, you can't get certified until you pass the required exams in the program you're taking. In this article, I will show you how to best prepare to pass these exams.

First, save yourself the trouble -- don't take take certification programs that are too hard for you. Before you sign up for any programs, go to the program overview page and read about the program. Here, you're even allowed to look over the different exams that you will be required to pass to get certification.

Most importantly, there will be a list of the different skills that you will be required to possess in order to pass the exam. If you go through the list and determine that you don't have any of these skills, then chances are that you won't be able to pass the exam no matter how hard you study or no matter what resources you use.

So the first step is to choose programs that are within your skill level.

When you have decided on the right programs for Microsoft certifications, then you should use the preparation guide that is offered for each exam in the certification program. These preparation guides will give you all kinds of different tools, from short online classes and tutorials you can take, to books you can purchase and even practice tests you can take to get a dry run of what the actual exam will be like.

All of these are gold mines to help you with preparing to pass the examination. Almost every exam will offer two different practice exams that you can take any time before exam day. The best strategy here is to take the practice exams as soon as you sign up for the program. Then, do a bit of studying in the areas that gave you trouble, and take the practice exams again. Keep doing this, until you have everything down cold.

Finally, make sure to look at the skills required to pass the exam. Doublecheck yourself to make sure you have all the skills before taking the exam.

In conclusion, I have given you a simple guide to help you pass exams for Microsoft certifications.

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