New book: Exam Ref 70-486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications

We’re happy to announce that Exam Ref 70-486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications (ISBN: 9780735677227) is available for purchase!

If you like, you can purchase it from the Microsoft Press Store. 5/12/2016 update: This book is out-of-date and is no longer for purchase.

Focused preparation for Exam 70-486

9780735677227fPrepare for Microsoft Exam 70-486—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of developing ASP.NET MVC-based solutions. Designed for experienced developers ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the Microsoft Specialist level.

Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives:
•Design the application architecture
•Design the user experience
•Develop the user experience
•Troubleshoot and debug web applications
•Design and implement security

This Microsoft Exam Ref:
•Organizes its coverage by exam objectives.
•Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you.

About the author:

William Penberthy is currently an application development consultant with RBA, a Microsoft 2012 Partner of the Year and has been working in software development for 25 years. He has participated in the development of more than 115 different software products and has taught multiple college and university programming and software development classes. He has specialized in the Microsoft stack for almost eight years, concentrating on ASP.NET, ASP.NET, MVC, Silverlight, and WPF.

Comments (21)
  1. Fred sadi says:

    where can I find free ebook on Microsoft Expression Web 4.0?

    email me:

  2. Knight says:

    Hi Can i take exam 70-486 before taking exam 70-480, i mean first taking 70-486 then 70-480?

  3. Kay78 says:

    You definitely can take 70-486 before 70-480, the order does not matter.

  4. Mehtab Ali says:

    Where is the free e book link for "Exam Ref 70-486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications" please mail me the e book if any one has or give me the downloadable link for this book on my mail id:

  5. In Brazil few developers have that certification

  6. Jay says:

    I would like to get a copy/link of the free ebook if available.

    Thanks in advance.

  7. Lee says:

    In Vietnam, all developers have this certificate.

  8. Stuart Dobson says:

    I heard that the 70-486 exam has been updated recently to cover MVC5, VS2013, EF6, and Azure. Is there going to be an update to this book, or can someone point us to some information about this update. Thanks

  9. Alkan says:

    Why is this book no longer available to purchase from Microsoft Press? When is the updated version coming out?

    1. This original Exam Ref was very out-of-date, so we’ve stopped selling it. We’ve also cancelled an updated version of Exam Ref 70-486. Instead, we will offer a book called ASP.NET Core Application Development: Building an application in four sprints. We’ll map that book to the exam to show the coverage it has.

      Because this exam takes a lot of programming skills, we wanted to create a book with code and examples that would help more than an Exam Ref in this case. The new book isn’t showing online yet, but look for it in the next few weeks.

      1. Alkan says:

        Hi Kim, Thanks!

        Is there a sample chapter we can have a look at? Do you have a rough date (few weeks to vague) when this book will be available and will it be hardback, eBook or both when released?



      2. Egil Hansen says:

        Hi Kim,

        Any updates on when the new book will be available?

          1. Matt Spicer says:

            Kim, I see that the book is now available. Can you explain how this maps to Exam 70-486?

          2. Robert says:

            The book you are referring too is about ASP.NET Core, the exam is not. I also would like to know how this book maps to exam 70-486. Are you sure this is the book we need?

      3. Paris says:

        Does it mean that people who were willing to take the 70-486 certificate, should be advised to wait until after the new book release? In the certification exams until then, will the present exam reference be sufficient? I mean if the new book is officially (by Microsoft) the preparation of that certificate, that should imply that we should wait… ASP.NET MVC 4 is a significantly heavy topic…

        1. melletsek says:

          I would like to know the answer to Paris’ question too. Specifically the question, “In the certification exams until then, will the present exam reference be sufficient?”


          1. We do not recommend the use of Exam Ref 70-486 to study for the exam because the book is very outdated now. Please refer to this study group forum for guidance on other study materials:

        2. Bartal Clementsen says:

          I would also like to know the answer to this question.

  10. Priti Wankhede says:

    i want to this book of hard copy i.e exam 70-486. plz help where i find this book,.

    1. This book is out-of-date and we’re no longer selling it on our site.

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