Beta Exam: MCTS SQL Server 2008 Database Developer

Register for Beta Exam 71-433: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development - Beginning September 19, 2008.

You are invited to take beta exam 71-433: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The results will not appear on your transcript until several weeks after the final form of the exam is released. The 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of MCP exams, when the exam is released in its final form the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration.

71-433: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

· Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server 2008, Database Development (earned when passing 70-433)

· Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Database Developer 2008. In order to earn this certification you must also pass exam 70-451: PRO: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Designing and Optimizing Database Solutions.

Find exam preparation information:


Registration begins: September 19, 2008

Beta exam period runs: September 22, 2008– October 10, 2008

Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately. Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.

Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions).  All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.

Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China

Registration Information

Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: F589G
You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam.

To register in North America, please call:

· Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)

Outside the U.S./Canada, please contact:

· Prometric:

Test Information and Support

You are invited to take this beta exam at no charge.
You will be given four hours to complete the beta exam. Please plan accordingly.

Comments (10)
  1. Hi Gerry,

    I’m quite keen to have a go at this exam. Can you please tell me (1) if I am eligible to take this beta exam from New Zealand, and (2) if so, can you tell me what time these exams will become available for registration on – (i.e. will it be available from midnight tonight, New Zealand time?).

    Many thanks,


  2. Hi Bernard,

    Glad to hear that.

    1) Yes the exam is available in New Zealand

    2) The registration information is in the above posting under the Availability section.  Registration opens today, Sept. 19.

    NOTE: ensure you look for 71-433 in the registration page and not 70-433.


  3. Dal blog di Peter DeBetta apprendo che è uscito (finalmente) il suo testo di introduzione a SQL 2008

  4. Jed says:

    What is the equivalent track on 2005 for this exam? I ask, so I can use currently available study materials.


  5. Hi Jed,

    You can study using the materials for 70-431 which is the SQL 2005 exam for DBA/DBD MCTS.  Note that it combines both roles, admin and developer so the materials may not contain enough content to fully prepare you for this exam.

    Ensure you use the prep guide as your study aid and use BOL where necessary.


  6. ste72 says:

    someone already did the exam 71-433?

    some impressions that could be shared with us?

  7. ste72,

    What kind of information are you looking for?  Remember that anyone who takes these exams is bound by a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA), and are not allowed to share specific information about the exam.

    They can tell you if they find it hard, easy etc.  But they can offer no details as to content, number of questions etc.


  8. ste72 says:

    yes, i was asking some personal impression about the difficiulty of the exam.

  9. ste72 says:

    I did the exam yesterday and I enjoyed it very much… quite difficult but interesting.

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