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98-375 exam passed

In my previous post I’ve promised to do some posts covering my preparation to 98-375 exam, but it turned out that I didn’t find time to do any. Sadly I’m unable to allocate time for writing here on any topics lately, and it is not that there is nothing to write about, it’s just lack of time 🙂 For example there are rather a lot of interesting stuff going on in K2 space, yet I haven’t write anything on this topic for quite some time now.

Anyhow as I passed 98-375 exam I would do a little entry about this. Here you havee my results:

Some thoughts on that now. For preparation I’ve used the following resources:

Now a little bit about these exam preparation resources. Channel 9 videos are very good as they provide complete exam overview and available for free. It is not all you need to pass the exam but watch them carefully (and maybe a few times) and you will learn not only how is this exam, but some practical things you will be definitely tested on.

LinkedIn videos are great too, but you really need to watch them more than once and do practice labs or try things you learn about otherwise knowledge retention will be weak. At the very least you want to do a 2 pass with most of the course – 1st just watch and get a broad picture, 2nd to absorb it really slowly and pay attention to details. To access these materials you have to have paid subscription, but comparing its price tag with some other training options or even books price is more than acceptable.

Lat but not least, MeasureUP practice test. It costs 88 EUR, and for this specific exam practice test content can be criticized a bit. In my opinion: 1) Content has not been updated at all since exam release. Result: 60% of links in question explanations are changed does not work (hey MeasureUP, seriously, that type of updates does not require a big investment on your side, why not invite something to do a review? I can do it in exchange for some preparation materials access 🙂 ). 2) There are some obvious typos in the test. 3) Depressingly high number of questions revolving around Windows Phone and IE10 specifics. In fact I didn’t have any of those on the exam and after taking it it feels that unlike MeasureUP practice test, exam content was updated 🙂

On my results. I’ve scored with 76 points (70 is passing threshold), and, in spite of all my complains on MeasureUP practice test content quality it was instrumental in passing exam. Even if we ignore ALM and JavaScript domains, HTML and CSS topics give you just enormous amount of things and behavioral peculiarities on which you potentially can be tested, and having some specific questions touching on all these little things really helped. I feel that practice test questions bank didn’t contain enough CSS questions (it had only 25) and my result clearly reflects that. Though I obviously don’t count me as an any kind of expert in JavaScript, I do recognize that CSS is something I need to learn more which clearly reflected in exam score.

All in all, I’m satisfied with this exam and can recommend it to anyone who want to add some sort of goal/milestone to their entry web development learning journey – good entry level exam allowing you to learn and verify knowledge of basic components of web development and get more confidence to plan next steps on that route.

What’s next? I’m going to “relax a bit” taking 2 or more Microsoft Exams related to SQL Server (more about this in next posts), and once I’m done with that I will do a “full fledged” version of 98-375 exam, i.e. 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3.

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Preparing to revisit 70-689 exam again

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:

Ready to rivisit 70-689

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? 😉

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