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Passed My First Microsoft Certification Exam

After 2 Months of preparation for the Microsoft Certification Exam, I finally got the opportunity to take up the Exam. That was too a free voucher from Microsoft Student Partners and cleared it in the first attempt.

The Exam is none other than MCTS 070-536 (Application Foundation), the first Exam of the .NET Series of Visual Studio 2005 and 2008. The only Study material that I depended on was the Self-Training kit for MCTS 70-536. It was excellent too, with a clear idea of what is expected of the Exam except for few Mistakes.

The Exam Voucher I got was a Gift from MSP’s for one of My blog entries and has still more left to take up the same. To pass the test, you need to score 700 or More out of 1000. The Questions were straightforward (maybe I might be lucky to get the easy ones). I am waiting to receive my certificate/email from the Microsoft guys.

How did I prepare for the Microsoft Certification Exam?

It was a bit tough for me to handle My Intern Work doing projects with other technologies. I simultaneously spend at least 1-2 hours preparing for the technology the more I Like. :-).

I picked up the MCTS 70-536 Application Foundation Self Training Kit. I covered almost every chapter in it, though I left a few stuff because of overhead transmission.

Like I said above, it was much comfortable than I thought it would be. The software was a bit slow, but for the most part, it was ok. You do get to choose your language of preference (C#, VB, or C++).

I was also happy because questions were from what I was strong and were prepared for.


  1. Avinash
    July 6, 2009

    I am new in .net technology . and want to do some Certification course like MCTS . So please let me know What are the papers for the beginners and how to fight them easily.

    and from where i can get the Study material

    i am comfort in VS 2.0 and sql2005 so what are the initiate should i take

    Thanks in Advance

  2. Senthil Kumar
    July 6, 2009

    u can check MCTS Self Training Kit for the preparation.

  3. Abhishek Sharma
    July 29, 2009

    I am an enginnering student and has developed many projects in.net technology.I am good in web applications(asp.net) and want to have Certification like MCTS .
    I am preaparing for MCTS-70-536 from trainig kit.IS it sufficient to clear the exam??
    please tell me, is there any grading system or marks system for the certificate??
    could u tell me the cost of one exam in INR??

  4. Mrinal
    August 26, 2009

    I want to go MCTS Certification, Can u tell me which version i go,
    I choosed 70-528 or 70-536 2.0 ,It version also going to 3.5,Plz give me guidness which exam i choose 2,0 or 3.5 ?

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