1. Pick the Right Certification
Thereíre two questions to answer while pursuing a
a) Whether a particular MS certification helps
the long-term and short-term goals of your career path. If your passion is in IT
consulting, MCSE certification is likely more valuable than a MCSA
certification, which may help you land a system administrator job at companies
which are MS shop.
b) Whether you have both sufficient knowledge
and hands-on experience to pass a series of tests for the certification. You may
want to talk to your friends who have taken the tests before, or examine the
questions from previous certification tests to identify the gap between what
you've known and what you need to know. Braindumps or actual test questions from
past exams will help learn the format and the scope of the tests.
2. Gain Hands-on Experience
Besides the official certification guide and
reading materials published by vendors or authorized organizations, there're
numerous other helpful learning materials available online or in print. A few
years ago, weíve heard the stories that employees with MS certifications who
couldnít do their job. They passed MS certifications with little hands-on
experience but a lot of knowledge on paper gained from purely studying practice
test questions and braindumps. As certification vendors improved the test
questions and introduced new test formats, itís almost impossible to pass those
tests without years of hands-on experience. The real value of hands-on
experience is to prepare you for the job, not just to gain a certification.
3. Consolidate Knowledge with Training
The value of hands-on experience can not be
replaced with studying sample certification tests, and systematical knowledge of
a particular subject canít be replaced by hands-on experience either.
Use of Computer Based Training software is a
very effective way to speed up your Microsoft certification preparation. For
instance, many companies offer vendor-co developed CBT or Computer Based
Training for IT professionals to have a comprehensive understanding of Microsoft
products and practice.
4. Take Sample Exams
Once you have both systematical knowledge and
hands-on experience of Microsoft software products, youíll still need to know
the format and style of certification test questions to perform well in the
exams. Use of sample tests and braindumps will often further improve your test
5. IT certification exams.
Microsoft certification exams, like other major
IT certifications - Cisco, Oracle etc, are administered by independent testing
organizations at major cities worldwide. Registration can be done online or via
phone. More important than anything else is to relax and have a good night of
sleep before the actual test date.
Copyright @2005, Bruce Zhang