71-621 and 71-623 (Vista Beta Exams) Invitations to Send on March 22

Retake invite for 621 and re-registration invite for 623 are both scheduled to be sent out on March 22. The invitations will not be sent out broadly until 72 hours after that point so re-takers and re-registering peeps get a seat if desired. For the background on this, you can read this post. Please note that we are not accepting new candidates for the beta exams.

If you are one of the customers who took 621 or had registered for 623, set your spam filter to accept mail from msl@microsoft.com so you get your invitation (but dont send mail there because it is an unmonitored alias...).

Comments (33)

  1. S.Y.Paul Lai says:

    Repost my old question here:

    I discovered SOMEONE has registered 071-621 for me.  Just like last time (071-622), a test center is selected but no schedule is marked.  Is it someone from Prometric or Microsoft who registered the exam for me?

    I’ve phoned Prometric to make a schedule for the exam and now I can change the schedule online.  However, I would like to know whether others are getting the same "special service" from SOMEONE.

  2. Trika says:

    Me too. I haven’t heard of anyone else having that problem. Sorry I didn’t respond to your mail earlier. Did you ask Pro who/how you were registered?

  3. S.Y.Paul Lai says:

    I haven’t asked the operator this question.  I’ve told him that the exam was not registered by me and I don’t have the promotion code.  He was not surprised.  He can help me assign a time to the already registered exam without a problem.

    From the header of the first email that notified me about the 071-621 registration, the registration should be created on Sun, 18 Mar 2007 18:33:05 -0700.  That should be morning work hours on Mon, 19 Mar 2007 in Australia / Asia Pacific time zones.

    I suspect that this "special service" is only available to testers from some areas in the world.

  4. Frankx says:


    received the e-mail, thank you!

    Very sad that you can’t register online. Have to wait 9 hours now until registration hotline opens up and then explain the whole scenario, date and location via telephone…

    hope its worth it!

  5. frankx says:

    I have another question!

    I took the initial exam via prometric, can I do the retake via vue?



  6. Trika says:

    Frankx: I’m sorry you can’t register online–I know that is a pain. If you register at the OTHER provider, though, you may be able to register online as they won’t have a record of you taking the first exam.

  7. frankx says:

    ME again,

    tried to do this at the vue homepage, got following message at the end of the registration process:

    "A program error occurred"

    So I’ll do it by phone tomorrow, will there be any problem if I do this at the other provider I took the initial exam?

  8. Daniel says:

    I’m not able to register online (VUE).. great :-  

    the message after confirming the order says that I need a "special" promotion code (eventhough I used the promo code provided)..

    wouldnt it be better if you REALLY verify that everything is working correctly before sending the invitations again?

  9. Vincent says:

    Hi Trika

    Here is the update :

    When I register 71-621 with VUE (I took my 1st 71-621 with Prometric) and I ended up getting Program Error message

    When I register with VUe for 71-623, the message says that I need a "special" promotion code (even though I used the promo code from MLS email)

    Please help.

  10. Rob.au says:

    I normally use Pearson VUE but successfully registered for the 621 retake via Prometric using the new promo code in the e-mail (well, in the HTML attached to the e-mail).  I also got the "program error" message when submitting the final step, but I simply refreshed the page and was instead presented with the exam confirmation page, with a confirmation e-mail arriving almost instantly.

    I had a go at re-registering via VUE first (yes, knowing full well it woudln’t work)… it lets you get as far as selecting a testing centre and an appointment time, but then gives you the bad news via a dialog box that comes up and says:

    "Microsoft policy does not allow a candidate to register more than once for a beta exam.  This candidate has already registered for this beta exam."

  11. Andy says:

    What is the code to register?

  12. Chee Tiong Goh says:

    wow. Beta is normally free. i wish that i can have a look for the test !

  13. Paul says:

    I called Prometric and what they reply is: The exam is not ready yet….. (71-623)

  14. Shailesh Das says:

    Hello Trika,

    I am from India and i participated earlier in 70-621 Beta 1 through Prometric.

    I received the invtation for beta 2 today.

    I was shocked to see India in Regional Restrictions List. Pls confirm regarding this.

  15. kyrikaze says:

    Hi every-one, I’ve juste registered my sit to the 71-621 with prometric by Phone. But for the 71-623 like Paul, they told me that this exam is not ready yet. A supervisor told me that he have to call a man in te USA to ask about this exam because the promo code didn’t worked, and next he’ll call me back today or on monday….

    What’s the meaning of that….?

  16. Alessandro says:

    Hi trika,

    I have taken the 71-622 exam this morning and I have scheduled the 71-623 for next friday. Could you please confirm me if the e-mail invitation for the 71-621 exam has been sent because I haven’t received yet.

    Thank you,


  17. Trika says:

    Allesandro, pls send me an e-mail with your name and MCP ID and I can confirm you are on the list and send you the 621 invite that went out yesterday.

  18. Trika says:

    I hope all re-takers, at this point, have been able to successfully get a seat in the 621 or 623. Tomorrow afternoon will be 72 hours (from the point the registrations actually started working, not from the point we sent them out…) and we will open up the registration more broadly.

    If you TOOK THE FIRST ONE (621 or 623), and tried to register via the instructions (i.e. CALL the test center and talk to a supervisor for 621) and were not able to register; please send me a mail directly and I will help escalate.

  19. Unknown says:

    WT hell is this! You said your colleagues are looking into the matter. It seems your colleagues are sleeping. they didnt responded regarding My Idiot Country India is in Regional Restricted List.

    Last date is 12th of  April and less than 10 days left and you have no answer to my Email.

    This is Pathetic. Indian Regional Centers are really Very Lazy to respond (Very Very Lazy than Your Colleagues). I Strongly Recommedn Microsoft to close the LEARNING DIVISION of Indian Regional Centres.

    And pls if you get some free time from your Vacation do me a favour- WAKE UP YOUR COLLEAGUES.

    This is Ridiculous……..


  20. S.Y.Paul Lai says:

    I got my voucher code today and successfully registered an 070 exam which is NOT related to Windows Vista 😛   Well…  please don’t tell me you will cancel my exam registration!

  21. gomcse2002 says:

    Hello S.Y. Paul Lai

    May I know when did you request voucher code from MS regional Office ?

  22. Andy says:

    I requested mine today from MY RSC (North America) which didn’t sound like I had reached someone in N.A. After 10 minutes the agent finally understood what I was asking for and delivered as promised.

    Thankfully I haven’t had to call MY RSC more than twice in 10 years!

  23. hartplaza says:

    I tried to receive my free vouchter today (through EMEA). No luck so far. They wanted me to send the invitation (and explaination about the free exam voucher), because the didn’t know anything about it. I received a confirmation that Microsoft (EMEA) will investigate it, and get back to me as soon as they could confirm the free vouchter action. Please can somebody explain this matter to Microsoft EMEA ???? So I can recevie my free exam voucher ????

  24. S.Y.Paul Lai says:


    I phoned them on 2nd April in the morning in my region.  Like Hartplaza, they asked me to send the related emails to them.  I sent them the emails with the following subjects:

    Your Participation in Microsoft Certification Beta Exams 71-621 and 71-622

    Your Exclusive Invitation to Re-take Beta Exam 71-621

    When I checked my mailbox at night, I found an email with a voucher code (only one).  I used it to successfully register an exam.  I sent a reply to them to request for another one, as I have taken both 071-621 and 071-622.  I am waiting for the reply.

  25. Trika says:

    Have you gotten your vouchers yet? If not, please send me an e-mail and I will escalate to the appropriate helpdesk.

  26. gomcse2002 says:

    Anyone here manage to get 2 code from MCPHelp. I only got one but I took my 71-622 on Dec 19, 2006

    and 71-621 on April 1, 2007.

    Just curious anyone here are on the same boat as me ??

  27. gomcse2002 says:

    Thanks for the help of "Mighty" Trika, now I managed to get my 2nd voucher exam code from MCPHELP.

  28. S.Y. Paul Lai says:

    I got my 2nd code after 2 weeks.  Don’t know whether I can use the 2nd code for exam other than 62x.

  29. gomcse2002 says:

    Anyone here know when will we know our official beta exams results for 71-621, 71-622 adn 71-623 ??

  30. kyrikaze says:

    Hi Gomcse2002!

    They said that we’ll have to wait between 6 and 8 weeks before getting results.

    I’m like you, waiting and looking each day my Prometric and Microsoft Transcript.

  31. Zeca says:

    Would it like to know can use Windows Vista voucher to do other exams?

    I tried to make an appointment and got.

    I did the exams beta 70-620 and 70-622 and passed. Do not I have right to a voucher to be used in any other exam?

  32. Michael Chute says:

    I have passed the exam though my transcript doesnt say that I havew passed an MCITP certification. I have also not recieved my exam voucher! despite 5-6 emails to the regional centre (UK)

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