Virtual Earth Beta Exam

"New Microsoft Exam! Be the first to certify on Virtual Earth 6.0!" Feel free to share this with Virtual Earth-aware developers. You can register starting October 15, adn the beta is open until November 14. If you don't know much about betas, read this or this first.

Register for Beta Exam 71-544: TS: Microsoft® Virtual Earth™ 6.0, Developing 

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.

Please remember that participation in the beta process is completely voluntary and Microsoft makes no promises or guarantees regarding the beta exam process. You can expect to receive your score on the beta exam within 12 weeks of taking the exam, although in some instances, beta exams may take longer to score and your results may be delayed.

70-544: TS: Microsoft® Virtual Earth™ 6.0, Developing counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

· MCTS: Virtual Earth 6.0, Development


Registration begins: October 15, 2007

Beta exam period runs: October 15, 2007– November 14, 2007

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, China, and Pakistan

How to register

You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam.
Use this promotional code when registering: VE08
Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately. To register:

Test Information and Support

Skills measured by Exam 70-544

Retrieving Location Solution Data

  • Retrieve location data from a local Microsoft SQL Server database.
  • Retrieve data asynchronously.
  • Retrieve location information from a third-party data source.
  • Retrieve and generate tile layers.
  • Manage Microsoft MapPoint Web Service (MWS) data.
  • Resolve locations and addresses by geo-coding.
  • Search for common Virtual Earth-hosted points of interest (POI).

Analyzing Location Data

  • Determine the route between locations.
  • Perform a proximity analysis of locations by using geo-fencing.
  • Incorporate real-time traffic information into a location solution.
  • Show location information over time.
  • Manage large data sets by using clustering.

Displaying Location Solution Data

  • Add a customized push pin.
  • Add a default push pin.
  • Show a custom layer on the map.
  • Draw lines and polygons on the map.
  • Display data panels on top of the map surface.

Administering Your Location Platform

  • Set up the solution environment.
  • Plan the solution for deployment environments.
  • Monitor Virtual Earth activity.
  • License Virtual Earth and MapPoint products.
  • Debug Microsoft JScript code.

Manipulating the Map

  • Control the map view.
  • Set the map mode.
  • Set map styles.
  • Handle map events.
  • Show or hide map elements.

Creating and Customizing the Map Display

  • Create a Virtual Earth map.
  • Share a link to an instance of the map.
  • Size the map control.
  • Control map position on the page.
  • Customize map look and feel.
  • Create and position a map inset.
Comments (14)

  1. Matt says:

    I fancied downloading the Virtual Earth SDK 5.0 from here for more of a l:

    And all I got was a help file and no executable

  2. Thanks for mentioning this.


  3. Note: You don’t have to wait until the 15th to register – Prometric let me register now.

    I do volunteer programming for a non-profit, so I plan on using Virtual Earth to supplement the membership locator.

  4. Peter Read says:

    Tried to register for November but the prometric site won’t let me pick any date outside of October for this exam.  Tried a half dozen centres.  Checked for other exams as seemed weird one test centre was free for the rest of October but fully booked for November…  And appears lots of space in first fortnight of November.  

    Date range they’ve got wrong?

  5. Peter Read says:

    sorry was late my time when I posted the above – what it was meant to convey in an intelligible way was "I think Prometric have the date range for the exam wrong"

  6. says:

    Matt, unfortunately I am lame and dont know anything about the product download itself – is different group all together. I think there is a Virtual Earth team blog and they’d be the right ones to ask.

    Peter, I forwarded your mail on to make sure there is no funny business. Thanks for flagging, will let you know what I hear.

  7. I totally agree with Peter Read. I just called Prometric and they told me that the period ends Oct 31 and the test cannot be taken in November.

    I told them that the beta exam period is officially until Nov 14 but they told me sth different…

  8. says:

    The People Who Know Things, and Who Know People, tell me that as of this afternoon the record has been set straight and Prometric should be accepting registrations through November 14. THanks for flagging this you guys, and let me know if you still have trouble.

  9. Peter Read says:

    thx Trika, seems to be offering the right dates just gotta wait 5 minutes for the page to load… (guessing their infra still isn’t geared up for doing registration for 100% of the MS exams)

  10. Great works fine (at least via phone)! Thank Trika!

  11. Peter Read says:

    Yep got there eventually, 2nd time lucky.

  12. Trika was nice enough to point out that the beta for the Virtual Earth Certification Exam is now available.

  13. Lanzo says:

    Has anyone some links on the internet to prepare for this exam?

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