How to prepare for MCTS certification
Professionals who want to get in-depth knowledge of Microsoft technologies and want to enhance their IT carrier should opt for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist or MCTS certification. This certification will enhance your knowledge in a particular Microsoft technology like Windows Vista, SQL Server, Windows mobile etc. Getting certification will show the commitment towards your willingness to study more and also will expertise you in a specific area where you can get command over it. MCTS certification will provide the foundation for Microsoft certifications. MCTS candidates are capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology. As an MCTS, you become part of the Microsoft Certified Professional community, with access to all related benefits, information, and activities and there is no need to earn extra title for Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).
To earn the certificate you have to give exams. Before giving exam you have to decide in which technology you want to get certified. Choose the certification exam you would like to take. There is one functional exam, and then you build from that exam to get the various form of MCTS designation. Total 17 designations are offered by Microsoft which is a wide range. Some of the exams are combinations are combination which will allow you to get a base certification now and expand it later.
For a good preparation of MCTS certification, take an assessment quiz offered by Microsoft which will let you know where you stand in terms of technology do. If you are a self learner then Microsoft provides self guided books and practical exams considerably at less money which includes official self-paced study guide, practice tests with multiple, customizable testing options and a learning plan based on your results, 450 practice and review questions, case scenarios and lab exercises, code samples on CD, 90-day evaluation version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, fully searchable eBook otherwise opt for training courses and attend the classes.
Main exam will be of maximum four hours. Candidate can go before that time if completed earlier. MCTS certifications will be valid till Microsoft continues mainstream support for related technology.
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