MCSD Certification


I passed the 70-300 Exam – Solution Architecture.  The exam is too easy.  Without giving away details about the test, just trust me that it is little more than a reading comprehension test.


All MCS Consultants are required to take these tests.  I pulled my “transcript” the other day.  It showed that I have taken (passed) 26 exams in my 9 years with MCS.


I have noticed that there does not seem to be many developers who take certs seriously anymore.  At one time partners paid their consultants bonuses for passing exams and getting certified.  But anymore, I rarely meet customers or partner developers who bother taking the exams.  Another indicator of their popularity are by looking at resumes and devs that we interview.  I rarely see MCSD/MCAD on resumes.  Is it just my skewed view of the world – are the MCSD/MCAD on the decline? 


I have one more test – C# Web Forms.  I’m taking it on Monday.  This should be my last exam for another few years when the rewrite the tests again. 


Comments (3)

  1. Phil Scott says:

    I’ve been telling people just to take that exam, and not even bother studying (i have no idea what they would study anyways). Pretty much anyone who knows what they are doing pass it, and people who don’t know what they are doing get their ass handed to them.

    To me and you it probably seems like a cake walk, but we are also the people that the exam is designed to be targetted towards. One of my favorite exams because either you know it or you don’t.

    I thought the exam was a lot of fun really.

    I thought the web forms exam was a joke. Just make sure you know tracing and deployment and the rest is cream cheese.

  2. brady gaster says:

    congratulations, good sir!

    i just got my transcenders for the mcsd.net today.

  3. Thanks guys. I’m a VB6 MCSD so I get a free voucher to take this exam, but I’d been putting it off (I have no idea why). You’ve just encouraged me to go ahead and take it. I thought the 70-100 was pretty easy as well, really nothing you can study for there.

    Marcie