Microsoft Certification Exam Offers End May 31

I just saw this in my monthly Microsoft partner e-mail:

Microsoft Certification Exam Offers End May 31
If you are preparing for Microsoft certification exams to update your skills for the latest products or to apply to the requirements for a competency, take advantage of our exam offers. Purchase a pack of exams for up to 40% off and, for a limited time, get a free second chance to pass the exams if needed. Offers end May 31, and you must take your exams by December 31.

I’m currently have my MCSE: Messaging certification in Windows 2008 and Exchange 2010, but plan on getting this updated to Windows 2012 and Exchange 2013 this year. With the current offer you can get a voucher number for all five of the required test and don’t have to pay for them until you register for your 1st test. All testing must be done by 12/31/2013, so you have over six months to study up and to take the test. In addition, until 5/31 you get the “Second Shot” option, where you can retake the test for free if you fail the 1st time. So if you are ready to take your test now you can get a package of 5 vouchers for around $250, don’t recall the exact amount and can’t find the page that showed the cost for the voucher packs, and have the Second Shot option on them until the 31st.

I plan on taking the Windows 2012 410 & 411, Exchange 2013 341 & 342 ones without studying and seeing how I do. I think I’ll need to study up some for the Windows 2012 412 one and guessing I might need to re-take the Exchange 342 one since I’ve done very little with Exchange 2013 in production. When I re-certified on Windows 2008 and Exchange 2010, I took all of the test over a two day period, at TechEd 2010, without studying. I passed them all by a wide margin, except for the advanced Exchange 2010 one, which I just passed by about 50 points. At that time I had only done a few production deployments of Exchange 2010 so I had expected to have to re-take that one going into it. To be fair, I had been working with Exchange 2010 for close to two years, going back to the betas and had been to two Microsoft MVP summits, where three solid days were spent with the product team talking about Exchange 2010. So I wasn’t exactly going into these test with minimal knowledge.

List of training and test for MCSE: Messaging for Exchange 2013:

Voucher landing page:

These vouchers expire on Dec 31st, 2013. All exams, including retakes, in the pack must be taken by December 31st, 2013.

  • Please note: you will pay for the full price of the set of exams at the time of registering for your first exam.
  • All other exams in the set of exams using the same voucher code will be free after that.

About Jason Sherry

I am a ~30 year Exchange consultant and expert. I currently work for Commvault as a Solutions Specialist for Microsoft Infrastructure For more info see my resume at:
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