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    I have been studying extensively over the past 6-7 months to pass 646 and 648 to upgrade my MCSA to MCITP on Server 2008. I feel comfortable on both tests that I could go today and pass both of them, one right after the other, if need be right now. I have used the MS Press Books, Train Signal, and a home lab to get up to speed.

    However, I found out recently that my closest testing center is 2 hours away for Microsoft exams, when it used to be 20 minutes. Not wanting to make the drive twice; I thought about driving down one day, taking the 646 exam, spend the night with family, and taking the next 648 exam the following day.

    Has anyone else had experience with taking tests very close together? More specifically, MS exams?
    Last edited by boondock; 9th June 2010, 14:41.
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    Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

    Done two in a day a few times, sometimes planned, sometimes accidentally
    Basically, its your call -- if you feel OK about it, go for it
    Good thing is both exams are very similar
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      Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

      Originally posted by boondock View Post
      Has anyone else had experience with taking tests very close together? More specifically, MS exams?
      Yes, but not that close.

      I took 70-236 (Exchange 2k7) on a wednesday (after failing two times before) and 70-620 (Vista) on friday and passed both tests.

      Because I was almost running out of sync with my classroom courses I had to take the 2 exams in a week.

      Anyway, good luck with your exams!
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        Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

        Did you end up taking your exams ?
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        • #5
          Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

          Originally posted by tehcamel View Post
          Did you end up taking your exams ?
          Not yet, I am having to work around my work schedule since my company is not exactly certification friendly.

          Right now, it looks like mid-July as that's the first time that I will be able to get away for the 2 days to take the exams.
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          • #6
            Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

            pull a sick day ?
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              Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

              I think it's a shame that there are bosses and companies out there who don't recognise the value of a certification. Even if the company doesn't fund or subsidise it (which many will, if you ask nicely).

              On the other hand, if you pull a sickie, you then lose out on the bottle of wine you get for not pulling any sickies. If I'm going to be contagious, I'm going to be contagious on company time.
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                Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

                I have always tended to take two a day. Make sure you have plenty of fluid and also chocolate for energy. Providing you are well prepared, you shouldn't find it too stressful.

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                • #9
                  Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

                  Originally posted by tehcamel View Post
                  pull a sick day ?

                  Not a bad idea actually, but if I pull a single sick day, I am required to get a full doctor's note since I work in a healthcare environment.

                  Since, I work with the majority of doctors in my area, it's going to be hard to get a fake sick note.

                  I think I could actually pull this cert in one day, but I don't want to risk my brain exploding. However, since the material is very similar across both tests I could do it as long as I have cold beer and hot wings waiting for me after the exam.
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                  • #10
                    Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

                    Well...I'm done.

                    I went last Thursday and Friday to take the 2 exams.

                    I made an 804 on 70-646 and a 793 on 70-648.

                    I'm MCITP:SA! Now...onto my CCNA renewal!
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                    • #11
                      Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

                      Congrats!
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                      • #12
                        Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

                        well done!
                        Tom Jones
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                        • #13
                          Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

                          Well done.

                          So did you have the cold beer and wings waiting for you then???

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                            Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

                            Congrats.
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                            • #15
                              Re: MCSA to MCITP:SA

                              Congrats man, now it's time to move on to a forward thinking organization.

                              Why oh why companies do that I have no idea.

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