Microsoft second shot exam offer back again for 2008

It seems that Microsoft have listened to the community and brought back their Second Shot offer much earlier than most people expected. Previously this seemed to run only once each year (albeit for several months at a time), and the last one only closed for taking exams the first time round at the end of May and the retakes by the end of June. Re-opening this in August 2008 and leaving it open right through to June 2009 seems to indicate that this will effectively become a permanent fixture, but you can’t just roll your retakes forward forever, you will have to use the second chance within the year-long programme, which seems perfectly fair.

The same launch page is being used as last time, although until today this was not live for the new offer and still showed the old information.

Microsoft Second Shot Exam Offer 2008

You have until June 30, 2009, to register, obtain an exam voucher, complete your first exam and retake your exam (if you did not pass on your first attempt).

There is no limit per person: If you register for this offer, you will receive one free retake for each paid exam that you take and fail.

To take advantage of this offer:

  • Step 1: Register for Second Shot on the Microsoft Web site and receive an exam voucher number.
  • Step 2: Schedule and pay for your initial exam through the Prometric Web site, call center, or test center.
    Note You must have the voucher number before you register.
  • Step 3: Take the exam.
  • Step 4: If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, register for your free retake exam through the Prometric Web site, call center,* or test center by using the same voucher number. Then, take your Second Shot!
    Note You must wait one day after taking your initial exam before you can register for your retake exam. This time is required to enter test results into the system.

Which exams qualify for this Second Shot offer?
Any Microsoft Learning IT professional, developer, or Microsoft Dynamics exam qualifies for this offer.

You have to register here, and for that you need a Windows Live ID / MS Passport / hotmail account. That said, I can’t get the registration process to go through at all right now, I’m getting an error on the page with three different browsers when I try to update my profile . I’ll be trying again later, as I have some exams on the horizon and this could be useful.

I have to make a choice though, since I have a whole bunch of exam vouchers (from various MS Press exam books and other sources) and the way this works you can’t use those and the 2nd shot ‘voucher’ code at the same time.

So I can use up a voucher (which is already paid for a while ago and therefore is “free” in terms of this month’s bank balance), or I can pay real money (88 GBP at the moment for most MCP exams) on the basis that if I fail I get a retake for free. I did this last time and passed, so I would have been better off using a voucher, in hindsight. Overall, I suspect Microsoft are simply trying to encourage more people to take exams without so much fear factor, although whether having even more people with a MS certificate devalues them for existing badge holders is an unanswerable question.

3 Responses to Microsoft second shot exam offer back again for 2008

  1. az says:

    I got the same error when I try to register for the second shot.
    They should say it’s beta 🙂
    My exam is tomorrow and I do not have time to wait to fix it!!!

  2. Adam Vero says:

    Reading around various forums, it seems loads of people had problems with some kind of XML parsing error on the registration page, but some were getting through it OK. I tried four browsers yesterday (IE7 and 8, Firefox 2 and 3) up to around midnight and had no luck, so how did some folks manage it?
    Trika explains the right voodoo incantation required here, although it appears the underlying bug is now fixed anyway as I have now been able to register on my first attempt this morning, no tricks, chicken entrails or rolled up trouser legs needed.

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