SQL Server Developer Exam, 70-433, Extended


But only for one week because we have deadlines that must be met.  The same information for registration is included here for your reference.

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: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-433.mspx


Registration begins: September 19, 2008

Beta exam period runs: September 22, 2008– October 17, 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: http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp

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 (26)
  1. Andrew says:

    There seem to be no Prometric test center that offers this exam. I checked about a dozen of test centers in southeastern Pennsylvania and none had it available.

  2. Mathias says:

    Hi Gerry,

    thanks for extending the test period. I just tried to register, but the exam is not in the exam list.



  3. Tibi says:

    The exam is not on the Prometrics list of available exams. (not as 071, nor 070).


  4. Great!

    but i’ve just tried to schedule 71-433 and it not appears in the prometric’s list of available exams (today is sunday 12 october).

    Are there limitations for italy?

  5. Raul Santos says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I’ve just gone to Prometric website and we don’t have the 71-433 option anymore. Do you know if Prometric has some delay for "re-include" this exame for this week or if we’ll need to schedule directly on some training center?



  6. Sorry everyone, this one is our fault.  We made the decision to extend this, I posted here about it, but we failed to notify Prometric in time.

    I expect it to be available today for registration.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.


  7. Raul Santos says:


    The exam is now appearing on the Prometric list, but the PROMO CODE is not valid anymore (F589G).

  8. Maksym says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I get the "Promotion not found." error message when validating promotioninal code.

    I have tried the "F589G" promotional code.

    Kind regards,


  9. Joyce says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I see the exam offered in Prometric Australia but the promotional code does not work. Has this expired?

  10. Marcelo says:

    Gerry, I´m trying to schedule, but the Prometric website respond as a Timeout Expired at Voucher Number or Promotion Code webpage.

    Voucher Number or Promotion Code

    Timeout expired

  11. Ulugbek Umirov says:

    Hi Gerry,

    Sorry to post here, but there is 071-563 exam available on Prometric website. Is Microsoft going to make promo code available for public?


  12. Sebastien Antoni says:

    I could register today with Prometrics. Taking test tomorrow. Thanks Gerry.

  13. Hi everyone,

    Working on finding out what the issues are.  It should be fixed shortly though.

    Please give it a few hours and try again.



  14. Ulugbek,

    Not a problem about posting here.

    I posted the announcement on my blog the other day for this exam.

    Beta code is here for your convenience.

    Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: DW897


  15. venu reddy says:

    I tried registering, but couldnt find 71-433 in the list of exams.

    Please let me know which one to register and what the extended deadline is ?

    Thanks very much,


  16. Hi venu,

    The extension is now over for this exam, sorry.


  17. venu says:

    Oh …my hard luck….

    Anyway Gerry please let me know if there are any such kinda exams…..on SQL SERVER especially…….will be availabla in the future.

    Thanks !! I appreciate it.

  18. Rob Hagman says:

    Hi Gerry,

    Any guess when the exam will go live ?

    The prep guide states "It is expected to be released in October 2008.",

    But those prep guides seem to be written by Microsoft biggest optimists, so i think end of November, maybe ?


  19. Hi Rob,

    I can always guess, and then be wrong, which I typically am on my guessing.

    What is more disturbing is when I "know" what the release date is, publish that, and then have to take a step back because something happened in the dev process that has delayed the release.

    So, the correct answer is that at this time, it is scheduled, note that I said scheduled, to be released on December 10, 2008.

    There are some issues that we are dealng with around the content for this exam as well as a few other issues that I can’t go into that are delaying other exams as well.

    I’m also glad to know that you think I am one  of Microsoft’s biggest optimists.   🙂


  20. tarul@hotmail.com says:


    Could you please provide us the expected/scheduled dates for the following exams:

    Go-live of: 70-450, 70-451 and 70-433

    Beta of : 71-564, 71-565 and 71-505

    It would be great if you can provide a deicated blog entry for the status updates. It is very difficult to go through all your blogs to get a feel of these dates.

    I know it is very difficult to provide exact dates. All I am looking for is some visibility into the dates and to be aware of the changes if any as and when it happens. And of course, a quick way to get at the information.



  21. Hi Titus,

    In theory this sounds like a good idea.  Practically it doesn’t make sense.  It would take far too much time to post all this information and keep it up to date and quite frankly, I just don’t have that kind of time.

    The dates shift for various reasons and while it would be nice to provide visibility into that, I just do not have the bandwidth for doing so.

    We have two locations where beta exams are announced now.  Here on my blog and on the new beta exam blog, http://blogs.technet.com/betaexams/default.aspx.

    I will set myself a reminder to try and provide updates on a weekly basis, but I make no promises.


  22. tarul@hotmail.com says:


    I understand the difficulties.

    I believe my post was not clear.

    Though the betaexams blog provides announcements, you are our primary source of information on the status updates. Without your blogs and responses, we would have no clue. I really appreciate the time you put on these.

    Currently, we ask about the dates in postings all over your blog and you respond.

    I didn’t mean to ‘create a separate blog’; I just meant a separate entry/post/thread in your blog so that we can quickly look at that single entry to see if you have any updates (if at all).

    Also, I didn’t mean to imply that you should be providing periodic updates. Sorry, if my response implied otherwise.

    Could you please provide the expected/scheduled dates for those exams at this time?



  23. Hi Titus,

    You’re right, the dates are all over the blog.  It’s sort of like a treasure hunt.  🙂

    That’s why I thought a weekly update would be a good idea.  Of course, dates may not change but at least I can post when they do.

    So, I’ll create a new post for today, that will include updated "expected" dates for the current exams we have in stream.


  24. onin@hotmail.com says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I would like to know if installing SQL Server 2008 Express (Free) Edition is good enough to prepare and study for Exam 70-433: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development, or should I use a more advanced version of SQL Server 2008?



  25. Onin,

    I would recommend either the developer or standard edition for preparing for the exam.


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