Microsoft Second Shot is back again for 2010
January 23, 2010 1 Comment
After a very long wait (and some said it might never happen), Microsoft have reintroduced their Second Shot campaign so that you can register to take an exam and if you fail you get a second chance to do a free retake. You register with Prometric, then they email you a code. You use this voucher code when you register online to take your chosen exam, for which you pay the normal fee (or reduced rate for students, if applicable). Last time round you could not use second shot and a discount voucher (eg one from a Self-paced training kit) since you can only put in one code. Once I actually get a breathing space to take an exam (things are pretty busy right now) I’ll update to let you know if this is still the case.
Dates: January 13, 2010 – June 30, 2010.
Details: You must register, obtain a voucher code, schedule, pay, and take the first and (if necessary) the retake exam before June 30, 2010.
Applicable exams: This offer applies to all Microsoft Learning IT professional, developer, project management, and Microsoft Dynamics exams, including academic exams. Visit the Learning Catalog and search for your next exam
Eligible countries and regions: This is a worldwide offer that is available at Prometric test centers only.
Note Only one Second Shot voucher is available per purchased exam.
Notice that the deadline for taking the first time and retake is the same – June 30th 2010. Previously the first exam had an earlier deadline and the retake had an extra month or so if you were taking one.
Most folks are feeling the pinch to some extent, or may have already suffered from downsizing or outright closure of their company. If this makes you feel like you don’t want to shell out on exams right now, at least this can help you to take out some of the risk if you are not sure you are ready. I even know people who treat this like a free chance to get to see what the actual exam is like – a dress rehearsal to help prepare for the real thing, in a way. If they fluke a pass along the way then even better for them, I suppose. Of course, if you are between jobs then maybe now is a good opportunity to use your time to hone the skills you probably already have to a large degree, get yourself some qualifications and be in a stronger position to get back into the job market when things improve.
I really must get round to taking 70-293 to complete my MCSE and then probably 70-620 Vista client exam before it becomes completely obsolete, and also because it is still one of the electives for the “Microsoft Certified IT Professional – Applications for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0” qualification for which I passed the core MB2-631 and 632 exams. It looks like they are not going to swap out the requirement to allow the Windows 7 client exams instead at the moment, and may not do at all once CRM 5.0 gets out of the stable later this year.
What will you use the second shot for? What exams have you been planning, intending, promising yourself to take for a while and not getting round to?