It has been a while since I wrote my previous blog post in general and quite a while since I wrote any blog post related to MSFT 70-689 exam, so now it is high time to do this. 🙂
I spend last week attending SharePoint 2013 training (to be more specific it was course 20332 Advanced Solutions of Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2013) and you maybe surprised why I’m still bother about Windows 8.1 instead of working towards SharePoint 2013 certifications. Well SharePoint certifications as well as some related blog posts on mo to do list, no worries. To be honest I don’t have that sort of neat to do list, but rather loads of scattered notes and vague intentions and ideas, but I working towards the points and targets floating in this fluid list 🙂 On that list, apart from Windows 8.1 exam, there are some K2 and SharePoint related blog posts as well as re-take of K2 certifications and even more stuff…
Anyhow I failed 70-689 exam back in the spring (even twice – in April and June) and publicly announced that I will make it sooner or later, so now I’m announcing this again 🙂 I recently done listening to Rewire by Richard O’Connor, and according to qualified professional’s opinion, making public announcements about your targets makes you stick to them better, as it makes your failure conspicuous and a bit more painful, so I’m going to use this technique here… In case anybody would interpret this behavior as a sort of compulsive idea to do something I would say no to that, as I really made (though still working on this skill) a good progress on giving up/leave some projects and targets which I reconsidered as irrelevant to me either totally or at this point. If you wan an example: I used to be a PhD Economics student, but dropped this in the middle after passing some exams and writing some early drafts of that big work you supposed to write as a PhD student, but I’m perfectly OK with the fact that I removed this target from my to do list (it also doesn’t prevent me from enjoying good Economics books and I never regret about investing my resources into that attempt).
Anyhow I finally started reading “MCSA Microsoft Windows 8.1 Complete Study Guide: Exams 70-687, 70-688, and 70-689” which I’ve only skimmed before attempting 70-689 exam back in the spring and going to schedule my exam as soon as I done reading and will be getting 100% with MeasureUP practice test. And for those who can’t imaging blog post without pictures:
Revisiting assessment test from the beginning of aforementioned book – 30 out of 40, not the best result but… As you can see at times it is possible to do your learning at coffee shop with help of napkins 🙂 If you look at the picture really carefully you may read funny answer B to question 33:
Q: Your computer’s application has stopped responding. What should you do?
One of the potential answers: “Start backing up like crazy”
I really appreciate authors trying to inject some fun into dry materials, but a bit concerned about people selecting this as a right answer 🙂
P.S. For those who think this exam is too easy for experienced IT Pros I would suggest not to use dumps and also read through the torrents of laments of experienced folks in comments below this blog post – in short people really find that recent Microsoft exams: had too much out of scope stuff injected, excessively broad for primary technology/topic, require you to memorize ton of trivia, know the right answer prescribed by MSFT and in general “it seems that somebody on the top at MSFT said let’s make exams harder” 🙂 But really it’s not a problem for those who really wants to pass this exam, right? 😉