Get Ready for the ASP.NET 3.5 MCTS Exam


This exam will also be releasing in beta form shortly.  Again, watch your MCP Flash for the invitation.


This is the new MCTS exam for ASP.NET developers who want to be certified on developing ASP.NET applications using Visual Studio and the .NET Framework 3.5.  The content posted here will be a part of the public preparation guide that will soon be public on the Microsoft web site.


We have posted it here to give you a head start on preparing for this exam.


NOTE: Prep guide is now available for this exam, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-562.mspx


Credit toward certification


When you pass Exam 70-562: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development, you earn credit towards the following certification:


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Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications


Skills measured by Exam 70-562


Configuring and Deploying Web Applications (10 percent)


Configure providers.


Configure authentication, authorization, and impersonation.


Configure projects, solutions, and reference assemblies.


Configure session state by using Microsoft SQL Serverβ„’, State Server, or InProc.


Publish Web applications.


Configure Application Pools.


Compile an application by using Visual Studio or command-line tools.


Consuming and Creating Server Controls (20 percent)


Implement databound controls.


Load user controls dynamically.


Create and consume custom controls.


Implement client-side validation and server-side validation.


Consume standard controls.


Working with Data and Services (17 percent)


Read and write XML data.


Manipulate data by using DataSet and DataReader objects.


Call a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service or a Web service from an ASP.NET Web page.


Implement a DataSource control.


Bind controls to data by using data binding syntax.


Troubleshooting and Debugging Web Applications (16 percent)


Configure debugging and custom errors.


Set up an environment to perform remote debugging.


Debug unhandled exceptions when using ASP.NET AJAX.


Implement tracing of a Web application.


Debug deployment issues.


Monitor Web applications.


Working with ASP.NET AJAX and Client-Side Scripting (15 percent)


Implement Web Forms by using ASP.NET AJAX.


Interact with the ASP.NET AJAX client-side library.


Consume services from client scripts.


Create and register client script.


Targeting Mobile Devices (5 percent)


Access device capabilities.


Control device-specific rendering.


Add mobile Web controls to a Web page.


Implement control adapters.


Programming Web Applications (17 percent)


Customize the layout and appearance of a Web page.


Work with ASP.NET Intrinsic Objects.


Implement globalization and accessibility.


Implement business objects and utility classes.


Implement session state, view state, control state, cookies, cache, or application state.


Handle events and control page flow.


Implement the Generic Handler.


Note This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and/or simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format.




Comments (125)

  1. This exam will also be releasing in beta form shortly.  Again, watch your MCP Flash for the invitation

  2. Oleg says:

    What books do you suggest to read for this exam?

  3. Gerry just posted some information about the new ADO.NET 3.5 Exam and the new ASP.NET 3.5 Exam , but

  4. Exames Beta de .Net 3.5 para MCTS/MCPD

  5. Hi Oleg.

    A good place to start for books on ASP.NET 3.5 is here, http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/103-5962824-5170267?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ASP.NET.

    I never "recommend" a specific book but merely point people to resources.  Everybody has different learning styles and even in books, the methods used to teach can vary.

    At this time, MSPress hasn’t released their titles for 3.5.

    Gerry

  6. Gerry just posted some information about the new ADO.NET 3.5 Exam and the new ASP.NET 3.5 Exam, but didn’t…

  7. ASP.NET 3.5 MCTS Beta Exam

  8. Tarique says:

    Gerry,

    Hi. I have never given a beta exam before but am planning on giving this one.

    Is passing the beta exam the equivalent of passing the live exams? i.e. Do we get certified if we pass them ?

    Do we know if we pass or fail the exam as soon it is over (like in a live exam) ?

    Is there any other difference in the way beta exams and live exams are conducted ?

    Thanks,

    Tarique

  9. Hi Tarique,

    Passing the beta exam is equivalent to passing the live exam.  Do you get certified?  Only when all prerequisites are met.  In other words, you must pass 70-536 and this exam to get an actual certification.  This exam by itself does not award you the MCTS certification.

    For beta exams, you will not know if you pass or fail.  The score report will indicate that you have failed but don’t worry, the passing score has not been set so you haven’t failed it, yet.  Beta exam results are not made avaiable until the exam is published live.  We don’t know the passing score until we finalize the questions after the beta.

    The difference between a beta and a live exam is that in the beta, you will typically take 100 or more questions whereas on the live, it can be 40 to 60 questions.

    Plan on a maximum of 4 hours for the beta exam.

    Gerry

  10. Tarique says:

    Thanks Gerry

  11. So, after giving Bryant a hard time on his blog about posting the beta codes for these two exams, we

  12. Shaik Rehan says:

    can u give me a brief introduction of .net as well as its certification details

  13. MJ.1 says:

    Gerry,

    Will the current MCTS exams aimed at framework 2.0 be replaced with new exams aimed at the 3.5 framework?

    Im currently studying for the application development foundation exam (70-536) which is the pre-requsite  towards getting my MCTS .Net Framework 2.0 Web Applications. Would it mean that i could have to take new exams once final .NET 3.5 MCTS Exam are released?

    Should i carry on or should i hold off until the new exams?

    Thanks.

  14. Hi MJ, thanks for posting your question here.  I did see your question in my inbox but as I have stated on my blog, I won’t answer those requests as all can benefit from the questions and answers when they are posted here.

    The .NET 2.0 exams will not be replaced with the 3.5 versions.  They will continue to exist as certification for .NET 2.0.

    70-536 is a prerequisite for both the MCTS on .NET 2.0 and .NET 3.5, so passing that exam, counts for both platform versions.

    If you pass 70-528 which is for web developers on .NET 2.0, but you want to be certified on .NET 3.5, you will have to take a new exam, 70-562 ASP.NET 3.5.

    If you want to become certified on ASP.NET 3.5, I suggest you continue to study for 70-536 and pass that.  The ASP.NET 3.5 exam is in beta at this time which means that it will release later this summer.  You can then take that exam to get certified on 3.5.

    Hope that answers your questions.

    Gerry

  15. MJ.1 says:

    Thanks Gerry…that clears everything up for me.

  16. Shiju says:

    Why should I pass .Net 2.0 exam 70-536 for a 3.5 exam?

  17. Hi Shiju,

    Even though exam 70-536 is listed as for .NET 2.0, it is still valid for .NET 3.5.  The reason is quite simple.  

    You need to understand the core concepts of working with the CLR and the framework to be successful in programming .NET applications.  This is the reason there is a foundations exam for .NET 2.0.

    It carries over into the .NET 3.5 world as well because the changes in core aspects of the CLR and the foundational concepts were not significant enought to warrant the creation of a new exam.  And, the name will be changing for the exam as well to remove the .NET version number.

    This has benefits for those who are currently certified as well or who have started on the certification path in .NET 2.0.  One foundation exam is sufficient for both platforms.

    Will this change for the next version of the .NET Framework?  Again, that depends on the changes in the CLR and concepts.

    Gerry

  18. Polan says:

    Hi

    do you know if there will be an upgrade path for those who already did the 70-528 exam?

  19. NetCowboy says:

    simpler explanation, ASP.Net 3.5 is actually still running under .Net 2.0.

  20. Hi Polan,

    I’m a little confused by your question.  What upgrade are you looking for?

    See my previous post in the Microsoft Certifications Series where I talk about all the upgrade paths.

    If you are referring to MCTS for 3.5, there are no upgrade paths for MCTS as there is only one exam required for a specialty.  Well, one exam plus 70-536, but if you have MCTS on 2.0, then you already have credit for 70-536.

    Gerry

  21. Polan says:

    Hi Gerry

    Thanks for your reply.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that, for those who already have an MCTS in ASP.NET 2.0 and are aiming for ASP.NET 3.5, an upgrade exam is more appropriate rather than doing a "full" 70-562 exam.

  22. Hi Polan,

    Unfortunately, I have to disagree with you on this point.  Here is my reason.

    An upgrade exam is comprised of portions of all the exams necessary to achieve that certification.  So, to create an upgrade exam for an MCTS certification on .NET, you would need components from 70-536 and the MCTS exam for the technology you want.

    For those who already have an MCTS on 2.0, they will have already passed the 70-536 exam so to test them again on that would not make sense.

    To look at creating an upgrade exam for just the MCTS portion would mean tocreate an exam of around 20 to 30 questions.  This would not be an exam that would test the necessary material and would present a proper test of skills or knowledge.

    Gerry

  23. How to take the Beta exams on ASP.NET 3.5 and ADO.NET 3.5?

    I didn’t see anything in the MCP Flash and I’m located in Redmond.  I need to take these Beta exams.  How do I register (where do I go)?

  24. Hi Richard,

    please see this post, http://blogs.msdn.com/gerryo/archive/2008/04/02/asp-net-and-ado-net-beta-exams-extended.aspx

    for beta registation instructions and code.  Note that they are only available until May 4th so you may have trouble getting a spot at this time.

    Gerry

  25. Richard E. Byrd says:

    I did not get anything in the MCP Flash.

    "[…], if you mean get notification of beta exams, then all you have to do is be an MCP and read your MCP Flash and watch the announcement sections of the MCP sites."

    I was lucky enough to spot this in your Blog, but it seems I do not have any way to schedule a test tomorrow (the last day).  How might I be able to accomplish this?

    Richard

  26. Richard,

    The announcement should have been in an MCP Flash.  I do not control the content of those so I can’t verify if it was present in one or not.  I also cannot guarantee that the announcements make it into every Flash unfortunately.

    Watching the MCP sites as well is another avenue.  The beta invites do not go out to the public initially but some do.

    If none of your local test centers have openings, the only option is to search for other centers that are close enough.

    Unfortunately, scheduling this late presents a challenge due to seat availability.

    Gerry

  27. So now that the exam has ended, we will be getting our results by June 4th?

  28. Hi Richard,

    I will make no promises for that.  There are too many variables that factor into the publishing of the passing scores.

    Gerry

  29. sean lohbeck says:

    Do you know when 70-528 will be retired?

    Thanks,

    Sean

  30. Nick Masao says:

    Dear Gerry,

    Will the new certifications for .Net 3.5 expire in 3 years as for the .Net 2.0? eg MCPD etc?Thanks

  31. Hi Nick,

    Neither the 2.0 nor the 3.5 certs will expire in 3 years or 3 years after their release.

    The retirement of the MCTS and MCPD exams are tied to mainstream product support from Microsoft.  That means simply, when Microsoft ends mainstream product support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005, the certifications will also expire at that time.

    We had originally announced that the MCPD would be good for 3 years unless you updated your MCTS skills to refresh your skills.  We have reversed that decision now and your MCPD will be version specific like you MCTS.

    Gerry

  32. Nick Masao says:

    Thanks Gerry.Thats great news.Cheers

  33. Sanjay says:

    Gerry,

    Can I directly give 70-562 for ASP.Net 3.5 without giving any other exams? I was planning to give 70-528 before but now I am thinking why not to give in latest technology?

    Do I 1st need 70-536 as a prerequiste for 70-562?

    When I am trying to schedule for 70-562, it doesn’t give the option for that exam.

    In the following link, it says that this exam is expected to be release on August 8. Can’t I register for September or October?

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-562.mspx

    Thanks.

  34. Hi Sanjay,

    When it comes to Microsoft exams, you can take them in any order that you want.  However, to be awarded the credential that you seek, such as MCTS or MCPD, you must meet the requirements set forth on the credential pages found at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/vstudio/2008/default.mspx and http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcpd/vstudio/2008/default.mspx.

    For any developer certification on .NET 2.0 or 3.5, exam 70-536 is a prerequisite and you must have successfully completed that exam along with the appropriate MCTS exam, such as 70-562, in order to acquire that credential.

    Likewise, you must have the required MCTS credential before you can acquire the MCPD credential.  

    Again, you can take the exams in any order you want, but will not be awarded a credential unless you meet ALL requirements.

    Gerry

  35. Jonathan Phang says:

    I’m looking into either the MCTS for 2.0 or  3.5 and wanted to just ask whether or not the structure of the non-common exam is different purely based on the differences between .NET 2.0/3.5 objects.

    Basically, is the newer MCTS just an updated version of the 2.0 MCTS or does the content, and the weighting of components within change too?

    Thanks in advance for any input

  36. Hi Jonathan,

    The exams for 3.5 were recreated from scratch.  We invite subject matter experts from the industry into a focus group and create the exam structure and coverage based on how the product or technology is used in the industry.  

    We do not base our exams solely on product features.  The features come into play as a result of the tasks that are performed based on our SME input and as a result, the exam may or may not include content that is similar in nature to what was on an exam for 2.0.

    To prepare for an exam, never assume anything about the content but rather use the prep guides found online to understand the areas that will be covered on the exam and prepare accordingly.

    Gerry

  37. Hi Jonathan,

    The exams for 3.5 were recreated from scratch.  We invite subject matter experts from the industry into a focus group and create the exam structure and coverage based on how the product or technology is used in the industry.  

    We do not base our exams solely on product features.  The features come into play as a result of the tasks that are performed based on our SME input and as a result, the exam may or may not include content that is similar in nature to what was on an exam for 2.0.

    To prepare for an exam, never assume anything about the content but rather use the prep guides found online to understand the areas that will be covered on the exam and prepare accordingly.

    Gerry

  38. Jonathan Phang says:

    Thanks for the information Gerry, much appreciated. Personally, as I am torn between the two at the moment, I think that completing the 2.0 MCTS would provide me with a solid grounding to then persue the 3.5 MCTS if necessary.

  39. Hi Jonathan,

    You are welcome.

    I assume from your reply that you are already part way into your 2.0 certification?

    If so, by all means complete that and then look to the MCPD upgrade paths if that is your intention.  It will make it easier to upgrade with less exams.

    Gerry

  40. Jay says:

    hi

    i had given 70-552 for upgrade from MCAD to MCPD .

    now if i am going to appear for MCTS-3.5 (which include 70662 and 70536), so in that case wheather i have to give 70-536 or not ?

    please help me for this.

  41. Hi Jay,

    If you hold an MCPD already then you do not need to pass 70-536 to obtain and MCTS for 3.5.

    Gerry

  42. karges says:

    hi

    plan to take mcts(70-562) asp .net 3.5 i have been working in .net for past 2 years. can i write the exam directly or do i have to take any prerequisite for this despite of my experience..?

  43. karti says:

    i would like to get certified in asp. net . what is the procedure to write the asp.net exam . when can i write. how much i will take . from where i can take notes for asp.net exams(via internet).

  44. Hi Karges,

    I do apologize for not responding earlier but I was vacation and did not even look at email or my blog.

    To answer your question, there are no prerequisites for the exam itself but you must pass both 70-562 and 70-536 to be awarded the MCTS: ASP.NET developer certification.

    Hope that answers your question

    Gerry

  45. Hi karti,

    Glad to hear you want to get certified in ASP.NET.  please visit this link for all the exam information as well as links to related training resources.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/vstudio/2008/default.mspx

    Gerry

  46. mohita dubey says:

    i am .net developer ,have 2 years of experience in .net.i am planning to go for microsoft certification.

    Can anybody please explain me what if i go for MCTS n what if i go for MCAD.which one is higher level of certification.I am totally stuck now.

  47. Hi Mohita,

    Forget about the MCAD certification.  It is legacy and unless you complete the entire certification track by March of 2009, you will not be able to complete it.

    I would recommend that you go for the MCTS first, and then look at MCPD if that interests you.

    Gerry

  48. Sriram says:

    HI Gerry,

    I am studying for 70-562 now and want to know about the number of questions in the exam and the difficulty level of the exam. The 3.5 hours time allotted seems quite long. Will it take that much time to finish the exam or can we finish it much earlier? it will be great if u can clarify these doubts.

    Thanks.

  49. balusri says:

    HI Gerry,

    I am studying for 70-562 now and want to know about the number of questions in the exam and the difficulty level of the exam. The 3.5 hours time allotted seems quite long. Will it take that much time to finish the exam or can we finish it much earlier? it will be great if u can clarify these doubts.

    Thanks.

  50. Ok, I’m not sure if you’re Sriram or balusri or if you are two different people who asked the exact same question.  Either way, I can answer it with one post.

    First of all, telling you the number of questions on the exam is a bit of a strange issue.  I cannot tell you that nor can anyone who has taken the exam because if is information that is considered a part of the non-disclosure that you sign at the beginning of the exam.  It might be 40 questions, it might be 50, it could be 75.  You will know when you start the exam.

    3.5 hours is the current alotted time for the entire exam which includes the initial NDA time and the comment period at the end of the exam.

    To be perfectly honest, I think there is a mixup in that time as we normally set our non-beta exams for a maxiumum duration of 2 hours.  I will check that on Monday when I am back in the office.

    To answer your question as to whether it will take that long depends on you and how well you know your material, how long it takes you to read and understand the question and whether you go back and review items or not.

    Gerry

  51. Archana says:

    Hi,

    I am haing 2yrs of experince in asp.net 2.0 i want to give microsoft exam for which exam i should approach 70-536,70-528,70-562,70-547

  52. Hi Archana,

    First of all, you will need to pass 70-536 as a prerequisite for any of the other exams so I would recommend starting with that.

    If you want to get a certification on .NET 2.0, then you should look at exam 70-528 next to acquire the MCTS.  Then you can take 70-547 to acquire your MCPD on .NET 2.0 ASP.NET.

    If you want the latest and greatest, then you still need to pass exam 70-536 first but once that is completed, you would need to pass 70-562 to get an MCTS on ASP.NET 3.5.  The MCPD for ASP.NET 3.5 will release in January of 2009 so you have lots of time to take the first two and get prepared.

    Gerry

  53. Lokesh Naik says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I am currently having MCTS in .Net Framework 2.0 Web applications. I want upgrade to MCPD 3.5. For this which exams should I take. Should I need to upgrade first to MCTS 3.5 and then to MCPD 3.5 or First upgrade to MCPD 2.0 and then to MCPD 3.5. Which path will be relatively easy and consists of less number of exams.

    Thanks,

  54. Hi Lokesh,

    You can take the MCPD 2.0 exam and then the upgrade exam from MCPD 2.0 to MCPD 3.5.  It’s only two exams and is the shortest path.

    Please visit, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/certifications.mspx#TOOLS for your options.

    Gerry

  55. PauloChinois says:

    Hi Gerry

    Gr8 work there putting ppl in good directions. BTW, i have passed 70-536, and would like to now focus on 70-562. I can’t seem to find exam Q&A dumps/study materials for 70-562 (frustrating). I did some syllabus comparison. It seems to me that

    70-562 = [ 70-528 + LINQ (new) + AJAX (new) ]. As with all students, i have limited $ resources. So you reckon it will be the second best route to study 70-528 and beef up on new features of v3.5 lik LINQ and AJAX stuff? Your advise will prove to be most appreciated by all who ends up like me..

    Thanks in advance,

    PNG

  56. Thanks Paulo,

    You are on the right track for studying materials.

    Just don’t use the word "dump" please.  It sounds too much like "brain dump".   πŸ™‚

    Gerry

  57. PauloChinois says:

    Hi Gerry

    I read

    http://blogs.msdn.com/gerryo/archive/2008/11/04/register-for-beta-exam-71-564-pro-designing-and-developing-asp-net-applications-using-the-microsoft-r-net-framework-3-5.aspx

    I got my answer!

    I understand now what options are available for me. ~_*

    Sorry for initial query i put forth. Thanks!

  58. Hi Paulo,

    No apologies necessary.

    If there is anything else I can help with or answer for, don’t hesitate to ask.

    Gerry

  59. Suma says:

    Hi Gerry,

    Does MCTS exam depends on the number of years of experience? as i do not have much experience in .net but interested in writing the exams. Please suggest me whether to go for it or not.

    Thanks in Advance

    Suma

  60. Hi Suma,

    I can’t suggest that you take the exam or not, sorry.

    What I can do is recommend that you look at the prep guide, guage your experience with the experience listed, look at the items that will be tested on, and ensure you are comfortable with what you see.

    You can also look at MeasureUp or Self Test Software practice tests to see how much you know first.

    Gerry

  61. suma says:

    Thanks Garry,

    Sure i will look into it and can you please tell me where can i find these prep guide and practice test?

    Suma

  62. Hi Suma,

    First off, it’s Gerry not Garry.  πŸ™‚

    You can find the prep guide here, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-562.mspx, the link to the prep guide was at the top of this post.

    The links to practice exams can be found on the prep guide site.  They will take you directly to MeasureUp or Self Test and you will need to search for the exams on that site.

    Gerry

  63. MCPissed says:

    Microsoft does it again.

    No upgrade for those who have an MCTS ASP 2.0.

    Yes, Microsoft should have an upgrade exam to MCTS ASP 3.5 testing only the new features.

    What kind of an excuse is – upgrade to MCPD 2.0 and take the upgrade to MCPD 3.5.

    Microsoft is releasing new versions every few years, and driving us crazy.

    The least they can do is provide an upgrade exam.

    I think 99% would agree with me.

  64. Dear MCPissed,

    Sorry you are dissapointed.

    One exam is one exam is one exam.  What would you expect the upgrade exam to look like?  How many questions would you like to see?

    Why is there such an issue with taking an exam that consists of no more than 50 questions to acheive a certification?  

    Would you expect the upgrade exam to have less questions?  Would you expect it to cost less?  If so, how much would you charge for it?

    How would you explain yet another exam to those who are already saying there are too many exams and the certification landscape is too complicated as it is now?  More exams will only add more complexity.

    Let’s be realistic here, there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution that will satisfy everyone.  We kept 70-536 the same which meant you didn’t need to take a new foundation exam.  Not good enough for you?  Perhaps not.

    My focus must continue to be on the greater market as a whole, not just upgraders but those who are new to certification and those who are certified many generations before.  We create upgrade exams where they make sense.

    Perhaps we should follow a model similar to CompTIA and Cisco where we just retire your certifications unless you take all new exams.  There are no upgrades in their world.   We choose not to follow that path but to continue to create our own.

    We release new exams every few years to keep pace with the new products.  It’s just as simple as that.  Technology changes, so do the needs of the industry.  We follow that trend, although we don’t force anyone to upgrade.  That is why our certifications have versioning now.

    Once again, I am sorry that your needs are not being met by our program but it also doesn’t mean that I will change how I create the certifications or exams either.

    If there are supporting opinions, I would love to see that 99% reply.

    Gerry

  65. MCPissed says:

    Hello Gerry,

    Thanks for your reply.

    In my opinion, if you have been already tested on the material, why should you have to be tested again on the same material ?

    The problem is, without an upgrade exam you have to be tested again, on a big portion of the material, which you have been already tested on.

    A lot of people who are working do not have the time to study the entire material again, which is time consuming.

    The upgrade exam doesn’t necessarily need to contain less questions, it can have the same amount of questions, which will be focusing only on the new features of the product.

    The upgrade exam will encourage more people to upgrade because less time and effort will be needed in order to meet the requirements and that way they will stay up to date with the new technologies Microsoft has to offer.

  66. Although I agree that being tested on something you have already been tested on doesn’t always make sense, there are a couple of other issues that you need to be aware of.

    The first issue is around exam development cost.  I am given a set budget each year to create the exams necessary for the certification tracks that I plan.  It would cost just as much for me to develop an upgrade exam as it would to create a completely new exam.  This means I would have to pull money from other exams that are also needed.  Unfortunately, Microsoft and Microsoft Learning do not have the deep pockets that everyone thinks we have.  πŸ™‚

    Point two is that when we create a new exam for a new version of the product, although some of the concepts are the same, the exam design and content are from the perspective of the new version.  So, as procedures or ways of doing things change as a result of the new version, the same concepts are tested from that perspective.

    In my opinion, and that is what it is, an opinion only, if you have already studied and successfully passed the previous version and you have the requisite experience, you don’t need to spend a great deal of time studying.  You still need to study the new technology regardless so I don’t see any time savings.

    Hopefully this makes some sense and helps you understand my position and reasons for the decisions that are made.

    Gerry

  67. ericmatz says:

    Interesting points.  I had begun typing a big comment about why MCTS upgrades were overkill, but as I was typing I realized there would be one additional advantage.  The MCPD upgrade exams were brutal in that you had to pass each of the three sections to pass the exam.  Plus the there were never any exam study guides targeted to them.  Most of my colleagues opted to just take the 5 exams instead, and many just stopped studying for them altogether because of the amount of prep time.  Offering MCTS upgrades would not only address the aforementioned issue, but it would make upgrading your MCPD much easier as well, IMHO.  The upgrade exams are already sectioned off by topic – why not split them into individual exams?

    Eric

  68. Disha T. says:

    Hey Gerry!

    First of all, excellent effort at answering confused minds like me πŸ™‚ and Secondly, please excuse me if I am asking you a question that has been asked before – I loved how detailed your replies were, and I went thru all of them, but with work and home, it took me 2 day to do so πŸ˜‰ So please excuse my memory.

    I just finished 70-536 and like most others, I am torn between ASP.net 2.0 and 3.5. From the impression I got by reading everything above, it seems I should study for 3.5 since it will cover 2.0 fundamentals and plus teach me LINQ,AJAX etc..My goal of taking this exam is not just so I can get the certification, but so that I understand the material thoroughly and be well-equipped to apply it on my assignments at work. I believe going for 70-562 will allow me to do so. Am I thinking right? or Any other advice that you would like to share?

    Thank you in advance!

  69. Hi Disha,

    My recommendation is exactly as you have indicated above.  I would suggest you study for the 3.5 version 70-562 exam instead of the 2.0 version.  You will find a lot of the same concepts covered but as you mention, you will be tested on some of the newer features and technologies.

    The training kit from MS Press is not released yet but you can still use the older training kits to study from, if you have one already, and use MSDN and other resources to prepare for the new material.

    Again, remember to use the prep guide, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-562.mspx, to ensure that you are concentrating on all the topics that will be covered by the exam.

    Gerry

  70. Disha T. says:

    Thank you for your response. When you say ‘older training kits’ you mean the kit for 70-528? Also, the release date for the 70-562 training kit is April 19th 2009, correct?

  71. Hi Disha,

    Yes, sorry about that.  I did mean 70-528 for the older one.

    Also, the release date for the TK for 562 will be around that date you indicated.

    Gerry

  72. fresher says:

    hi,

    friend could u guide me, which exam should i take first.

    I am so confused about all these exams.

    I want to build my career in asp.net with c#

    Thanks in advance.

    my id is http.amit@gmail.com

  73. Fresher,

    If you are looking to get certified on ASP.NET, I suggest you look at taking two exams;

    70-536 – http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-536.aspx

    70-562 – http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-562.mspx

    Gerry

  74. Sekh says:

    Hi,

    The loop was very informative.

    But, need an YES answer to my below question. πŸ™‚

    I possess my MCTS 2.0 Web certification by completing

    70-536 and 70-528 papers.

    I would like to upgrade it to MCTS 3.5.

    So, must I take up only 70-562 paper to get the same?

    Thanks…

  75. Hi Sekh,

    If all you want is the MCTS certification for ASP.NET 3.5, then YES.  πŸ™‚

    Gerry

  76. pro_kash says:

    Hi Gerry,

     Thank you very much for making this space what it should be – reliable, authentic and above all clear. Kudos to your efforts.

     I am new to Microsoft certification, though i have a long professional experience with Microsoft Technologies. Currently, i am working with ASP.Net 2.0 and Sql 2005. Now, i am planning to switch to Framework 3.5, as this is an eventuality!

     Gerry, please guide me on what should be my course of action ? which path do you suggest more apt in the present context?

    70-536–> MCTS(2.0)–> MCPD(2.0) –> upgd to MCPD 3.5

    or

    70-536 –> 70-562 get MCTS 3.5 –> go for MCPD 3.5 ?  

     Why the learning and certification strategies are made so complex and spaghetti-like in the Microsoft Learning Site? Will it not be better if a graphical representation of the learning/certification paths and options is provided there like the one given at the inner back cover of Microsoft Press Kits? I hope this will drastically reduce the queries made to you!

    Once again, thank you for the vision you provide through this blog. I believe any one visiting this blog will agree with me.

  77. Hi pro_kash,

    Thanks for the kind words.  It’s nice to hear that the  blog is appreciated.

    If you have access to Visual Studio 2008, I would recommend that you take the latter path you listed, 536 -> 562 -> 564.  This will take you all the way to the MCPD: Web Developer certification.  Unless you have a need to certify on 2.0, it makes more sense to go with the 3.5 track from start to finish.

    As for the spaghetti on the web site, I do agree with you and we have a team that is working diligently on cleaning this up and making it more understandable.  I know we complicate things a fair bit sometimes.  πŸ™‚

    Thanks for reading the blog and best of luck to you in your certifications.  

    Gerry

  78. Pro_Kash says:

    Hi Gerry

    Thanks for that swift reply. It’s great to know that you are onto easing things out.

    Can you please guide me on some good quality online interactive training on MCTS/MCPD ?

    – i am avoiding the word "recommend" as you have already made it clear on the blog by saying that "I never "recommend" a specific book but merely point people to resources" πŸ™‚

    regards

    pro-kash

  79. Pro_kash,

    You are welcome.

    Now, you know that I will be pointing you to Microsoft Learning resources right?  πŸ™‚

    If you go here, you can search on our eLearning, which is online and targeted directly at preparation for these certifications, http://learning.microsoft.com/manager/catalog.aspx

    Gerry

  80. Chirag says:

    Hi Gerry,

    First of all thanks for solving most of our doubts regarding Microsoft certifications.

    My doubt was that for 70-562,microsoft has not released the training kit Yet right.

    So what resources can i use.

    And also i have gone through the guide for 70-528.

    So can you please let me know what additional preparations would i need for 70-562. i assume Linq and Ajax.Please add if anything else is required too.

    Thanks again and Keep up the great work.

    Chirag

  81. Hi Chirag,

    The best place to look for any gaps in your training based on the resources you are currently using is the prep guide found here, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-562.mspx

    Use the prep guide as an exam outline.  If you see areas on the prep guide that are not covered in your current materials, I would suggest using MSDN online to learn about that other content.

    Gerry

  82. tinu says:

    Hello everybody.

    I am just going through all microsoft certification stuff and see this blog.

    and feel very nice after looking all questions and replies.this is very informative blog.keep it up guyes!!

  83. Namratha says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I would like to know the exam pattern for 70-536 or 70-562…whether it is multiple choice question or anything like that…

    Namratha

  84. Hi Namratha,

    All current developer exams are multiple choice.

    Gerry.

  85. Priya says:

    Hi Gerry,

              Nice & systematic way of explaining abt getting certifications on Asp.Net 3.5.My question is i am planning to take Asp.Net 3.5 Certification,i see 70-536 is the first pre requiste.In the Ms site it said that you have to study TS: Microsoft .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation,but in site  i can find only self paced training kit of Ms.Net Framework 2.0 by Tony NorthuUp.Is there any new book or guide or study material for this 70-536 exam or just the same  one as followed for 2.0.Do I have to prepare based only on 2.0. and use the practice tests of 2.0 available

    Thanks Again for the help

  86. Hi Priya,

    The exam itself hasn’t changed so the book for 70-536 for .NET 2.0 is still relevant.

    I recommend the revised edition though.

    Gerry

  87. Priya says:

    Hi Gerry.

    That was a quick reply..You mean the second edition of  the book 2.0 rite.I saw in a previous comment that v can write exams in any order.So is there a time constraint like i have to take 70-562 with in this much time or so after i take exam 70-536.

    Thnaks for the help..

    Priya

  88. Hi again Priya,

    Yes, the 2nd edition is the one I meant.  There were some editorial issues with the first edition.

    You can take the exam in any order you wish.  There is nothing that states you must take 536 first.  Of course you won’t achieve a credential until all requirements are met, but any order is fine.

    Gerry

  89. zico says:

    Hi gerry ,

    Is there MS Training kit for  MCTS 70-562 , or any such stated to be released.

    And Personally do you feel that any person having an MCTS in dot net 2.0 need to clear this certification exam for dot net 3.5?

  90. Hi Zico,

    You should always search Amazon.com first.  

    http://www.amazon.com/MCTS-Self-Paced-Training-Exam-70-562/dp/073562562X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245201762&sr=8-1

    I don’t make personal judgements on whether candidates should get certified on different versions.  It only gets me in trouble.  πŸ™‚

    What I do is recommend that the candidate take a look at what version they intend to use and determine if they feel it is worthwhile to upgrade.  Only the candidate can make that decision.

    Gerry

  91. noman says:

    can anyone plz tell me that can i get certification in 70-562 exam without giving 70-536 exam

    also tell me about 70-528 exam, is it available or expired??

    thanks

  92. Noman,

    You MUST pass 536 and 562 before you can achieve the MCTS certification.  There is no way around it.

    528 is not expired and is still available.  All you have to do is to check http://www.prometric.com and look under the exams available for registration.

    Gerry

  93. Azher says:

    i got the diffrences between 70-528 and 70-562,but i need your suggestion that currently i am working on 2.0 and as you said that latest is greatest,so which paper will you prefer me?70-528 or 70-562.

  94. Azher,

    I cannot offer a preference for you.  The choice is yours.  Look at where you want to be in terms of certification and make your choice based on that.

    Gerry

  95. Nisha says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I am planning to go for 70-536 exam. I am a fresher. Please guide me about the study material

  96. Hi Nisha,

    The best guide is the prep guide which is found online at, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-536&locale=en-us#tab3.

    Using the prep materials listed there, the preparation guide itself and hands-on experience with .NET will prepare you for the exam.

    Some have said it is not an easy exam but I believe that if you truly understand the material, you should have no issues passing.

    Gerry

  97. adbhut says:

    Hi, Gerry,  

     I want to know about MCTS 70 -562

        please tell me DATE (nearer about) when mcts 70- 562 paper are held . it need not be accurate but only rough .

          also tell me fee and registeration process and mode of payment.

          waiting soon for your reply.

  98. Adbhut,

    The date is whenever you decide you want to sit the exam.

    Fee is $125 USD but exchange rates will mean a different price wherever you are.

    Registration process – http://www.prometric.com.

    Have fun.

    Gerry

  99. hi,

    Gerry.

         iam working in a software company with 1 year exp

    i want to write mcts exam so first i need to write 70-536 after that exam only iam eligible to write 70-562

  100. Hi Anjana,

    You have the ability to take these exams in any order that you wish.  You don’t have to take 70-536 first.

    You won’t get the MCTS certification unless both exams are completed however.  Feel free to take them in any order though.

    Gerry

  101. hello sir,

    this is chandra.

    I am a fresher working in a smal company.

    i want to write certification exam.

    do i need to go for mcts or mcsd?

    Please give me reply

  102. Hi Chandra,

    A couple of points to help clarify for you and to ask for more information;

    1) MCSD is no longer achievable so that option is not available.

    2) You mention MCTS but you don’t tell me which products you are working with, or wanting to work with.

    3) I need to know if you are talking about Web development or Windows development.

    Gerry

  103. Kamlesh says:

    Hi,

    Can you tell me the diffrence between MCTS and MCP?

  104. Hi Kamlesh,

    MCP no longer exists form the perspective of a credential.  MCP merely stands for Microsoft Certified Professional.  When you obtain any certification, such as an MCTS, you are a Microsoft Certified Professional and a part of that community.

    You cannot use MCP as a credential as you can MCTS, MCPD or MCITP.

    Hope that clears it up.

    Gerry

  105. Ram says:

    Hi,

      i am working in webapplication C# with Asp.net last 2 years. i write MCTS. 70-536, 70-562 which version i select. please tell me.

  106. Hi Ram,

    I’m not sure what your question is exactly.  Are you asking which version of the .NET Framework do these exams cover?

    Gerry

  107. Rick says:

    Gerry,

    First of all your blog is really amazing and very informative.

    i have a question if i take 70-562 and 70-561 exams are they good enough to get MCTS certified. Please let me know as sson as possible

  108. Hi Rick, thanks.

    561 is the MCTS exam for ADO.NET and 562 is the MCTS exam for ASP.NET, using version 3.5 of the .NET Framework.

    Alone or combined, neither will provide you with a credential until you have also passed 70-536.   You only need to pass 536 once, and it counts for the prereq across all 2.0 and 3.5 certifications.

    Gerry

  109. hardik says:

    Gerry,

    I just registered for 70-562,little did i know about 70-536.Evetually I am looking for MCPD certification and to best of my understanding its like Passing 70-562,70-536 and 1 more pro level 70-564. So is it ok for me to give 70-562 and 70-536 in reverse order . If i have an option of canceling 70-562 and give 70-536 1st would you recommend me to take that option.

  110. Hi Hardik,

    You can take the exams in any order you wish, there is no requirement to do 536 first.  For that matter, there is no requirement to do an MCTS exam before an MCPD exam.

    The only thing to be aware of is that you will not receive a credential until all required exams have been completed.  The order is entirely up to you.

    Gerry

  111. hardik says:

    Thanks Gerry,

    but before I can leave you in peace, I would request you to answer one more question of mine and this might not sound very smart so please bear with my ignorance,

    I have worked as software engineer for 2.5 years now(.NET & SQL), I am planning to take up one of the MS certification solely to prove my credentials as accomplished developer to prospective employer, which of the two certification can serve my cause better, MCTS or MCPD.

    If the answer happens to be MCPD then just give a brief idea on how to go about it,

    thanks a lot, that’s all i am gonna bother you for this year..

    Enjoy your holidays..

    hardik      

  112. Hi Hardik,

    It really all depends on what you want to show as proof of skills.

    The MCTS exams are designed to show hands-on skills with the technology, in other words the implementation of the technology.

    The MCPD shows that you have the TS skills above but also that you know when to use a specific aspect of the technology, where it makes sense, or why you choose A over B.  It’s more of a job role-based certification for a dev lead, lead developer, or team lead.

    Hope that helps.

    Gerry

  113. Sumit says:

    Thanks Gerry

    i was getting confused about which certification shall i attempt. but now evrything is so clear, nothing to ask now.

  114. Deepak Sharm says:

    Hi Gerry!

    I’m a web-developer with 3 years experience.Now I want to do Microsoft certification in ASP.NET 3.5 MCTS

    But I don’t know how many exam I have to clear  

    Please let me know the MCTS 3.5 exams name

    Regards

    Deepak Sharma

  115. Hi Deepak,

    For ASP.NET 3.5, these are the following exams that you must pass and the certifications you will achieve.

    70-536 Microsoft .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation

    70-562 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development

    70-564 Designing and Developing ASP.NET Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

    All information, including prep guides, are found here;

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-vstudio.aspx#tab2

    and here;

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-vstudio.aspx#tab3

    Gerry

  116. Honey says:

    Hi

    I have lot of questions and I was searching on Internet for my queries but after reading your blog all my queries are answered.

    Thanks for providing such useful information and keep it up so that most of the people can get the relevant and up to date information at one place only.

  117. Bikram says:

    Hi Gerry,

    what a great blog.

    Is there any time duration required between 70-356 and 70-562 or we can attend both within a small interval like 7days.

  118. Hi Bikram,

    There are no time restrictions between exams.  You can actually take them the same day if you wish.

    The only restrictions we have is if you fail an exam, there is a waiting period before you can take the same exam again but that is listed on the exam pages with Prometric and on our site http://www.microsoft.com/learning.

    Gerry

  119. Pavan says:

    Hi,

    I am looking for 70-562 exam so please can you send me some  study materials to my email id-pavankumar00@hotmail.com

    Thanks in advance

  120. Pavan,

    Study materials can be found on the links for preparation materials on the prep guide.  The link to the prep guide is at the top of this post.

    There are no study materials to send in email.

    Gerry

  121. Osee says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I am planing to give Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5 (70-562) exam, so I wanted to clarify few things.

    1. Are there any Prerequisites to appear in this exam.

    2. I was checking Microsoft website it is written there that "Each MCTS

    certification on Visual Studio 2008 requires that you pass Exam 70-536"

    3. Is it possible to first give ASP.Net(70-562) exam, and later give the

    Application development foundation exam(70-536)

    I would really appreciate if any one can answer this.

    Thanks.

  122. Hi Osee,

    There are no prerequisites to take an exam.  You can take the exams in any order you want.  You will not achieve the credential until you have satisfied all requirements, but the exams do not require an order.

    You can take 562 now and then take 536 later.

    Note that 70-536 is only required once.  If you pass it, you do not need to take it again.

    Gerry

  123. Osee says:

    Thanks Gerry. On more thing i wanted to confirm about 70-562 exam.

    1. What is the total exam duration?

    2. The questions are all MCQ based or are we required to write some code as well.

    Thanks.

  124. Hi Osee,

    1. Total exam seat time is 2 hours

    2. Multiple choice, drag and drop, depends on the question.  No "writing" of code as in Visual Studio.

    Gerry

  125. Madhu says:

    Hi Gerry,

       Thanks a lot for such a wonderful blog. It has cleared a lot of confusion for me. I am a 2 years experienced .Net resource and am planning to take an MCTS certification. Having said that, I need a few clarifications and suggestions from you:

    1. I am comfortable with web applications and windows applications as well. I want to clear a certification in .Net framework 3.5 which has got demand in the market. So please suggest me whether to go for web application or windows application as I am equally comfortable with both of them.

    2. From your blog, I have understood that to gain an MCTS certification, we need to clear three exams 70-536, 70-562 and 70-564 which can be taken in any order. Please confirm whether my understanding is correct in this aspect. Also, please let me know whether there is any definite time period in which we have to clear all these 3 exams.

    3. Finally, suggest me how to start my preparation to gain good knowledge for the syllabus covered.

      Thanks again a lot for your blog..

    Regards,

    Madhu