Microsoft Certification Resources

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Microsoft Training and Certification Home Page (
For news, information, certification details, exam resources and more certification information than you can imagine, explore this vast collection of Web pages. You can use the “Prepare for an Exam” page within the Exam Resources left-hand menu to jump quickly to objectives and information for any MCP exam.

Microsoft TechNet (
TechNet is a wealth of information, from technical documentation to resource kit materials, all keyword searchable. This is an invaluable resource for learning about topics, tools and technologies related to MCP exams and for researching or troubleshooting any Microsoft product or platform. Also, Microsoft offers a CD-based subscription to TechNet for $400 to $500 per year (depending on whether beta software is included or not) that includes valuable tools like electronic Resource Kits and product documentation, plus related software, tools and utilities, which in many cases are covered on MCP exams and must therefore be explored and learned.

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Home Page (
Product information, white papers, technical resources and, eventually, trial software and other downloads for this new Microsoft technology and certification focus.

General MCSE Certification Resources:

CertFAQ (
Comprehensive Q&A about MCP exams, study topics and strategies, certification program details and more.

CramSession (
Excellent content tips, review sheets, sample questions, articles, newsletters, forums and study guides. Great interplay between experts and exam candidates on the forums.

ExamNotes (
Exam notes, sample questions, peer discussions (forums), topical newsletters and study guide reviews.

Free practice exams, directories of training and prep materials, user forums, career advice, topical articles and study guides to numerous MCP exams. Also includes study strategy data and money-saving tips and tricks; definitely worth a visit.

MCSE Directory (
The ultimate list of pointers to the full range of MCSE exams, study guides, practice tests, discussion boards and more. Named a “Certification Web Site Gold Mine” by Windows 2000 Magazine, ranked eighth in “The Web’s 10 Best IT Certification Sites” by TechRepublic.

MCP Practice Test Vendors

Boson Software (
Commercial practice exams. (Their test engine is widely used in IT certification trade books.)

BrainBuzz SkillDrill (
Choose relevant categories—such as networking, operating systems and network security—to access relevant online sample exams that are great for assessing readiness.

Cert21 (
Free demo and for-a-fee complete online practice exams.

CertTutor (
Great collection of well-documented and well-explained free practice exams.

LearnKey (
Offers commercial practice exams for Microsoft certifications in addition to other certification training products.

MeasureUp (
Commercial practice exams. (MeasureUp and Self Test Software are the only two practice test vendors whose products are Microsoft-approved.)

PrepLogic (
Practice exams.

Self Test Software (
Commercial practice exams.

Transcender (
Practice exams.


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