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    Well, this morning has been interesting (in the "May you live in interesting times" sense )

    Went to a test centre I've never been to before for 70-236 (Exchange 2007)
    Started, went through the waffle, and saw "three sections". Oh well, must be MS being awkward....
    First question on WSUS.... awkward b*****s, but OK.... second question on WSUS....uh oh...
    At this point I look at the exam title and see 70-649 (MCSE Upgrade to 2008 ), which was the exam I originally had scheduled but had changed a few days ago as I had done absolutely NO preparation for
    The staff were very apologetic, and went off to investigate. I continued, making a reasonable effort but not worrying too much.

    About 30 mins later, as I was in the third section, she comes back to say that 70-236 is now ready. I said to wait, and kept on, finished 649 and, by jings, passed with 700 on the nail.

    5 mins break and went back for 236, feeling a bit stressed, and finished it in under an hour, passing with 793.

    So I've ended up with two exams when I expected one, also (I hope) an extra voucher for the 70-649 I had scheduled for next month.

    Exam Report 70-649 TS Upgrading from MCSE to Windows Server 2008
    3 sections, timed separately, with no going back from section to section. Total 48 questions, 94 mins. A surprise was they were marked separately, with the lowest score counting for the overall score.
    1) 70-640 AD 20 questions, 34 mins (I got 700)
    2) 70-642 Network Infrastructure 19 questions, 40 mins (737)
    3 70-643 Apps 9 questions 19 mins (880)

    Nothing remarkable in any of them, a few old "server 2003" type questions on WSUS and IIS, plus some new stuff on the roles in 2008. No simulations and one or two drag and drop questions.

    Exam Report 70-236 Configuring Exchange 2007
    53 questions, 2 hours, all in one section.
    No simulations, some drag & drop.
    Basically, know your powershell, including parameters. A few questions could be worked out logically, and a couple of easy ones about roles, but most seemed to be "which commandlet do you run to..."

    Anyway, I'm well chuffed with the results. Time for a signature update once I work out what I've got.
    Next stop, MCITP:Enterprise Administrator (one more exam) and more Exchange 2007.
    Last edited by Ossian; 13th August 2008, 13:14.
    Tom Jones
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  • #2
    Re: A tale of two exams

    I know what you mean about the Ex07 ones. Some questions were so easy just to guess because 3 of the 4 answers weren't even remotely plausible.

    Congrats by the way!
    cheers
    Andy

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    • #3
      Re: A tale of two exams

      Congrats Tom!
      Marcel
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      • #4
        Re: A tale of two exams

        Well done Tom.

        I've got my 70-649 booked in for the end of September

        Michael
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        • #5
          Re: A tale of two exams

          Well done, Tom !!

          Sorin Solomon


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          • #6
            Re: A tale of two exams

            Nicely done.

            Sounds like you had the best of times, and the worst of times all in one morning (I can't believe no one capitalized on that pun yet). Remind me to tell you about the time Prometric's test delivery system suddenly went from giving me a few hours to 10 minutes to complete an exam. Rather unnerving to be on the seventh question and suddenly see a warning box telling me that I have 5 minutes to complete the exam.

            Was the staff at the testing center competent? I like testing centers that are really IT consulting firms with a room off to one side for testing... at least the staff are Geeks of a feather and can typically troubleshoot issues nicely.


            EDIT: And thanks for the English slang... I just spent about 30 minutes of my morning slogging through a British slang dictionary learning quite a few new terms... many of which I shan't repeat.
            Last edited by Nonapeptide; 13th August 2008, 17:19.
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            • #7
              Re: A tale of two exams

              You PhD do like your exams. See if you can do it again to prove it wasn't a fluke. (Run out of room in your signature yet? )

              Nonapeptide, don't know if you realise but the "Interesting times" part is actually an ancient Chinese curse (and I don't mean a swear word).
              1 1 was a racehorse.
              2 2 was 1 2.
              1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
              2 2 1 1 2

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              • #8
                Re: A tale of two exams

                @Nonapeptide
                The centre was a specialist training co, and they were very good. I've had exams crash on me before, but this is a first
                The slang site sounds interesting.... links please?

                @biggles
                Plenty of room on my signature, but I dont want to do this sort of thing again!
                The closest I've been before was when I did my Vista Enterprise Support upgrade (70-621), finished early, and the invigilator asked me what I wanted to do next.... I hadn't planned to, but I took the Consumer Support (70-622) there and then (it was scheduled for the week afterwards, so I was prepared)
                Tom Jones
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                • #9
                  Re: A tale of two exams

                  Was just thinking about the Chinese curse and in view of the revelation about the singing at the Olympic opening ceremony that it should now read, "May you live with interesting mimes".

                  But, I go .

                  What is the next exam you have lined up to slaughter?
                  1 1 was a racehorse.
                  2 2 was 1 2.
                  1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                  2 2 1 1 2

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                  • #10
                    Re: A tale of two exams

                    Ouch -- I see the puns are back.

                    Next is 70-647 to complete my ITP:Enterprise Administrator and probably 70-647 to get Server Administrator as well

                    After that, I'm planning on completing the Exchage 2007 track
                    Tom Jones
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                    Scotland

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                    • #11
                      Re: A tale of two exams

                      Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
                      Nonapeptide, don't know if you realise but the "Interesting times" part is actually an ancient Chinese curse (and I don't mean a swear word).
                      I was aware of the meaning and origins of the "interesting times" quote. It was the "went through the wafle" and "well chuffed" bits that puzzled me. I usually regard unheard of slang with suspicion since... well... let's just say that I've had some poor experiences with using slang that I'm not entirely familiar with. Australian slang especially...

                      British slang dictionary. There's actually quite a number of British/English slang repositories out there. This one seems to be one of the more refined ones.
                      Wesley David
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