Register for Visual Studio 2010 Beta Exams

You are invited to take part in one or more beta exams for Visual Studio 2010 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.

If you pass one of the beta exams, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. 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.
By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications. The following exams are a part of this beta offering.

Exam 71-511, TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 71-515, TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 71-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 71-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 71-518: Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 71-519: Pro: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4


Registration begins: March 17, 2010

Beta exam period runs: April 5, 2010 – April 30, 2010

Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register as soon as registration opens. 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. If you register, please ensure you are committed to attend.

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

You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam.
Please use the following promotional codes when registering for your chosen exam(s):

Exam Number

Beta Code













To register in North America, please call:

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

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


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.

Find exam preparation information:

Exam 70-511, TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 70-515, TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 70-518: Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 70-519: Pro: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Frequently Asked Questions

For Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) help and information, you may log in to the MCP Web site at contact your Regional Service Center:

What is a beta exam?

Where can I learn more about the registration process?

Where can I learn more about the beta exam invitation process?

Where can I learn more about the new structure of Microsoft Certification?

Who do I contact for help with this beta exam or other MCP questions?

Comments (67)

  1. Thanks a million Gerry!!!

    It took me quite a while due to slow prometric site but i could register for exams in april!

    Thnaks again!

  2. gerry lowry says:

    @ Gerry (O’Brien):

    in a previous post**, you mentioned that these beta exams are free with Beta codes.  I see you have posted the Beta codes in *this* post.

    Sorry to bother you ~~ please confirm that the above codes are for the "FREE" exams.

    Thank you.

    Gerry (Lowry)


  3. Nick says:

    Yea, I also had to be very patient with the Prometric site, it takes minutes to load, but I eventually managed to register for all exams.

  4. Gerry,

    These are indeed for the free beta exams.  No beta exam from Microsoft has a cost associated with it.


  5. Kamil says:

    The Prometric site is evil. You gave some wrong exam codes in your post (table with beta codes). I also managed to register for exams. Thanks Gerry!

  6. Kamil, can you be more specific.

    These codes are the correct ones because I am the one who creates them and sends them to Prometric.

    If these codes do not work, I need to know about it ASAP.  Others are registering fine.


  7. steve_at_work says:

    I can’t seem to find these exams on prometric’s site, could someone walk me through finding them?  I chose my country (US) and state (NY), then the partner (Microsoft), then the only exam listed were the older ones (.NET 3.5 and lower).

    Anyone able to give me a little assistance here?  Thanks in advance.

  8. Steve,

    Make sure you are looking for 71-xxx and not 70-xxx.


  9. gerry lowry says:

    Gerry O’Brien wrote, in part:

    "No beta exam from Microsoft has a cost associated with it."

    Thank you, Gerry ~~ historical note:  in Canada, the Win95 exam was US$50 but the Beta was only US$35.

    Gerry (Lowry)

  10. But that was Win95!   🙂


  11. DarthObiwan says:

    The prometric site keeps giving me general errors when I enter the code. I’ve tried it as a promo code and voucher number.

    It is also going very very slow, like 5 minutes between page loads.

  12. Brock Ciochetti says:

    It took me about an hour, and about 10 different times of going through the entire process only to have it fail after I press the ‘commit registration’ button, but I finally registered for 1 exam.

  13. Please keep in mind that their site is likely being inundated with requests.

    Have some patience, and continue trying.



  14. Gerald says:

    Hey Gerry,

    I was wondering, if the 518 and 519 exams are open, what would be the pre-requisites for taking those.

    If I took and passed those exams without the required .Net 4.0 credentials. Would I have the Pro level credential?

  15. Hey Gerald,

    There are no prerequisistes for an exam, other than knowledge of course.

    You can take exams in any order you want.  Only when you have met all the requirements for the certification will you be awarded the credential.  In other words. you could take 519 first, then take the necessary TS exams later.  You would not receive the MCPD certification until you have passed all four exams.


  16. Gerald says:

    Oh I see,

    In a previous post, you stated that it would be possible to upgrade an existing MCPD Enterprise 3.5 to MCPD Web and Windows 4.0. Is that still true?

  17. Hi Gerald,

    It is still true.  However we do not have the upgrade exams available at this time and they will not be in a beta form.


  18. Michael says:

    The prometric site is very slow , it takes long time loading then it come with error ……

  19. Gerald says:

    So if I were to take and pass future pro level upgrade exams, would that imply that I have earned the required .NET 4.0 versions of the MCTS credentials or would I still need to take those exams as well.

  20. Hi Gerald,

    Keep in mind that you can take the upgrade exams at any time.  Here is where the issues arise.  You MUST have completed the necessary prerequisites before you are awarded the credential.

    As an example, let’s say that you currently do not hold any .NET 3.5 MCPD credential.  You take the .NET 4 Web upgrade exam.  You don’t earn anything at all.

    Now, if you were to go back and complete the requirements for an MCPD Web Developer on .NET 3.5, then you have met the requirements for the credntial by way of upgrade exam and you would be awarded the MCPD as well as the requisite MCTS credentials for .NET 4.

    This means simply this;

    1) Take and pass the MCTS exam 70-562 ASP.NET

    2) Take and pass the MCPD ASP.NET Developer 3.5 exam 70-564, and you earn the MCPD for ASP.NET 3.5.

    3)Take and pass the MCPD Web Developer 4 upgrade exam when it release and earn the following;

       a. MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications

       b. MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications

       c. MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access

       d. MCPD: Web Developer 4


  21. Gerald says:

    Ok that makes a lot of sense.

    Now I don’t feel like I have wasted a lot of time on all the .NET 3.5 exams I have studied for and passed.

    Thanks for the Clarification and Quick Responses!

  22. wayne says:

    1am on a schoolnight, 9 browser windows across 3 different browsers on 3 machines and still only 3 hours later do I get my exams booked. Prometric sucks! Can we go back to vue please?

  23. Robert says:

    Hey Gerry

    When I try and register in the UK it is tell me it will cost £88 per exam

    Also, I run up the UK office on this number:

    Local: 0800 592 873

    or +31 320 23 9895

    And the bloke knew nothing about your beta exams or the exam numbers in your blog post.

    I am not very impresses with Prometric.

    Please help?


  24. Robert,

    I have taken your information and passed it on to the appropriate people in Microsoft so they can address these issues with Prometric.

    Please try to register again tomorrow.


  25. Sam says:

    Hi Gerry,

    Thanks for the beta codes.

    I would just like to confirm that i have registered on for the exams in the UK. I am not sure what problems Robert has been having but a number of colleges have registered via the prometric website using the beta codes.

    Robert on the final stage where it asks for payment for the exam there is link near the top of the page to enter  the beta codes.


  26. Sheetal says:

    I am trying to resister online for exam 71-515. I am using the code "515AA" on the page "Payment Information". When I hit ‘Validate’ button I got error message as below.

    "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion."

    Please advise.


  27. Rich says:

    I currently hold an MCPD for .NET 3.5 Windows Applications, and am interested in taking tests to get certified for .NET 4.  If I took the TS and Pro .NET 4 Web tests and upgraded my Pro .NET 3.5 Windows cert, would I be required to take the TS .NET 4 Windows test if I wanted to go for .NET 4 Enterprise?

  28. Hi Rich,

    There is no .NET 4 Enterprise exam or certification.


  29. Rich says:

    As a follow up to your response to Gerald, what are the requirements for the Windows and Web .NET 4 MCPD certifications?  Also, you listed in your response in #3 that passing the upgrade would grant the MCTS: .NET Framework 4 Service Communication Applications and MCTS: .NET Framework 4 Data Access certifications, but would you still receive those if you did not take the 3.5 equivalent?  In 3.5, only 70-536, 70-562 and 70-564 were required for MCPD in Web, so would one still be granted the Service Communication Applications and Data Access credentials if they only took 536, 562 and 564?

  30. Hi Sheetal,

    As of this morning, there were still open registration slots.

    Perhaps your test center has no open seats during the beta period.

    Which country are you trying to register in?


  31. Rich says:


    Are you just saying that there is no BETA Enterprise exam, or that there will not be an Enterprise level certification at all for .NET 4 (essentially, it will be removed) and there will only be Web and Windows MCPD level certifications?


  32. Hi Rich,

    The requirements for each certification can be found here;

    As for your question on item #3, the upgrade exams test on components from WCF, ADO.NET, Web or Windows TS and Web or Windows Pro.  As a result, you acquire those certifications from .NET 4.  The only stipulation is that you must have an MCPD in 3.5 in the proper technology.

    You will not earn any 3.5 certification by taking a 4 exam.  All of you questions are answered at the site listed above.

    Please don’t confuse the .NET 3.5 and .NET 4 requirements.  Use the site listed above to evaluate the cert paths and requirements for each.


  33. Rich,

    At this time, there is no .NET 4 Enterprise exam or credential.  I do not plan to create one at this point in time or for the next fiscal year.


  34. Rich says:

    Thanks Gerry, that clarifies everything.

  35. Sheetal says:


    So, do you mean there is a predefined count for each exam center for a given exam?

    I am trying to register from Arizona USA. I was able to validate code for 71-516. But still same issue with 71-515… 🙁

  36. Manish says:

    I am trying to register for Exam 71-515

    I got a message The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion.

    Looks like the promo code has a limit

  37. Hi Sheetal,

    No, there is only one limit per code, worldwide.  My comment was simply to indicate that a testing center "may" present that message if there are no available seats at that specific testing center even if there are still available beta slots.

    Apparently the Web exam is extremely popular but again, I am awaiting confirmation that we have reached the limit on this code.


  38. Hi Manish,

    If you read the beta invitation, it clearly states that there are limited seats available.

    All beta exams are the same, there are limitations to how many exams we can open up in the beta phase.


  39. Fernando says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I’m trying to resgister to 71-515 with promo code "515AA" but I also get the following error: "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion".

    I’m from Brazil. I’ve tried others centers but they all give the same error.

    Is it over already for 71-515?


  40. Hi Fernando,

    It appears so but again, I need to verify this with Prometric first.


  41. afortaleza says:

    I’m from Brazil too and I’ve managed to register for the 70-515 exam here in Fortaleza in a Prometric site (Lanlink), but that was on the 17th !

  42. gerry lowry says:

    Any one wanted to take these tests needs to note that Microsoft allocates a fixed number of Beta spots AFAIK … at least one of the tests has no places left … if YOU are going to register, do it now before it’s too late for you.

    If you’re in North America, you might want to register by telephone using the 1-800- number that Gerry O’Brien gives above.

    Also, if you’ve not taken a Beta exam, they are much LONGER exams than the normal exams.  AFAIK, the Betas are four hours.

    Good Luck!097

  43. James says:

    Hi Gerry,

    do you know if there are any possibility to open more places for 71-515. If don’t, ¿can we register for the exam paying? ¿and MCTs can have discount?

    Thanks in advance,


  44. Hi James,

    I’ll speak with other concerned parties internally to see if we can increase the cap.

    If so, I will post an announcement on this blog.


  45. Hey Gerald,

    I am very disappointed that you guys are not allowing Indian people to take free exams. This is unfair to Indian developers and we live in open world and everyone should have equal chance to give that exams.

    Thanks and Regards,


  46. Jalpesh,

    While I agree that we live in an open world and I agree with the sentiment on your other post about India having talented people, I need to let you know that it has nothing to do talent or discrimination.

    The restrictions are in place for India, China, and Pakistan for very specific reasons.  I cannot divulge specifics about the issue however, there have been serious problems with our exam content when delivered in these locations during beta periods.

    We have every right to restrict where these exams can be delivered when we feel there is justification.  You will have to trust me when I say there is justification.


  47. Ben says:

    Prometric should be embarrassed.  Their website is an insult to candidates.  I wouldn’t go to a mechanic that can’t fix a car, and I won’t be going to a test administrator that can barely register attendees.

  48. Alice says:

    It <a href="">looks like</a> the restrictions on beta exams in India, China, and Pakistan have been in place since at least four years ago, so it is nothing new, too.

  49. Thomas says:


    I just registered for Exam 71-519. I’m MCPD ASP.NET 3.5. Is that correct or should I wait for a upgrade exam ? If I pass 71-519 what I earn ?


  50. Hi Thomas,

    You will earn a pass on the exam.

    In order to achieve the MCPD, you will be required to take either the beta exam, or the prerequisite MCTS exams.


  51. Nitin says:

    I get this message when registering for the exam

    The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion.

  52. Nitin says:

    I get this message when registering for the exam

    The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion.

  53. Nitin,

    That means there are currently no more open seats for the exam.


  54. says:

    I live in Azerbaijan

    and prometric says – Discount is not offered for this Site.

    what am I supposed to do?

    pls help

  55. Andy says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I had passed 70-536, can I get MCTS certificate if I pass 71-511 ?

  56. Hi Andy,

    Congratulations on passing 70-536.

    When you pass 70-511 you will achieve an MCTS certification.

    I almost hate to mention this but, 70-536 is not required for .NET 4 so just passing 70-511 by itself will get you the certification.

    70-536 is a prerequisite for the .NET 2.0 and 3.5 exams so if you wanted to get an MCTS on those versions, you are half way there.  🙂


  57. Nick says:

    I know it’s made clear from the start beta exams are longer, but has anyone else noticed that the increase in the number of questions in not equal to the increase in time, compared to the normal exams? (I’m being vague on purpose in case the actual number of questions is not supposed to be public or something)

  58. Hi Nick,

    Overall, the number of questions are lower this time around because we will be seeding in new items later this year for the live versions of the exams.


  59. Mike says:


    I have mcpd 3.5 Web.  To upgrade to 4.0, it says take the 70-519 exam.  Does this exam cover all of these:

    MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications

    MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications

    MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access???

    It appears to be an MCPD 4.0 one has to have 3 MCTS’s plus 70-519, which is more like the old enterprise certification.  

    Am I reading the requirements correctly?


  60. Hi Mike,

    Where did you see the text where it says to updrade to 4.0 take 70-519?   That exam is not an upgrade exam and no, it doesn’t cover all those listed certs.

    You need to take 70-523 to upgrade from MCPD 3.5 ASP.NET or 3.5 Enterprise.


  61. Diego says:

    I successfully registered for 71-511.

    Where can I get material to prepare the exam 70-511? There are no official books to buy neither official material to download… and I would really like to learn and pass the beta exam.

  62. Diego,

    When exams are in beta, there are typically not very many prep materials available because the exam is out so early.

    As a result, I always tell candidates to make sure they have the required experience as indicated on the prep guide, then use that experience, the prep guide, and the MSDN documentation to prepare for the exam.


  63. says:

    Hi Gerry,

    I just got back from *attempting* to take the beta exam for the 71-515 exams. I arrived at the test centre half an hour early but two hours later was eventually told “computer says no!”, apparently the daily extract job didn’t run! I’ve had similar experiences with Prometric before but never this bad. I can’t now reschedule the beta as the period ends soon and I have other commitments during that time – does the Microsoft test provider undergo review? I’ve also experienced a pretty poor user experience when trying to use their website to book tests. It seems a bit of a contradiction that exams focusing on all the slick new cutting edge tech from Microsoft is being provided by a company who seem to have employed a high school kid to write their admin system as a “my first application”?

    Sorry if this sounds a bit a ranty and I realise its not Microsoft’s fault in anyway but after studying hard for three days and taking time off earning its all been wasted 🙁 (well not wasted, I have learned all  the stuff but that knowledge can’t now be certified)



  64. Hi Dave,

    For me to apologize for this experience doesn’t seem right, but I will extend my apologies to you for what happened.

    Look in your inbox for more information around this from me.


  65. Ashley J. Camidge says:

    Hi Gerry,

    Are all of the .NET 4.0 Beta results in now? I know lots of people have received their result for 511 but for me the Prometric site still says "Tested". Are there any results still outstanding at your end or will this be down to Prometric?


  66. Zdenek Drlik says:

    Hi Gerry,

    Prometric still says me "Tested" status for my beta 71-519. Are all beta results finished now or not?


  67. PeterL says:

    My status for the 71-519 showed "tested" and today I was sent an email showing that I have basically a free test for 70-519. I guess that meant there were problems with the beta and we need to do it again? Or was something else the matter? This has never happened to me before.