When can we expect the results of the 70-688 exam?

UPDATE (January 17th) : The results have arrived!

Since it has been a while since I attended the Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 (71-688) exam, I was wondering when the results should become available. I tweeted @PrometricIT_Edu asking them when we could expect the results.

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Too bad their answer wasn’t the one I expected. The strange thing is that the exam period ran from October 17th – October 31th. 71-688 exam period If I add 8 weeks to the last date we could expect the results before (or around) December 26th. Prometric is talking about the end of Janury 2013, so that’s a month later results normally become available. When I check the exam details page at Microsoft.com, the exam will be published on January 18th, 2013. So when can we really expect the results? I’m not sure, but I will certainly ask my MS Learning contacts for a reaction. When I have the response, I will update this blog post.

It’s October 19th…..so where are the results?

Update (Oct. 22nd) : Spoke to Prometric Netherlands this morning. They told me we should not expect the results anywhere near the first half of November. When I asked how they came up with that information, they told me the beta exam ran until September 24/25. The results will be available 6-8 weeks after that date. I will contact MS Learning as soon as they are online and available. I spoke to my MS Learning contact later in the evening and she told me (that the results should be updated in the upcoming night).

Update (Oct. 23nd) : This morning I checked the Prometric website and the results were there. For what I hear that’s not the case for everybody, so please leave a comment if you don’s see the entire results yet (some see one or more exam still saying Tested).

On August 20th I blogged about the date that we should expect the results of the 70-413, 70-414, 70-415 and 70-416 (Windows Server 2012) exams. October 16th was the date the exams went ‘Live’, but sadly enough (not for the first time) the beta results are not available again on this date. That’s why I had contact with one of my contacts at MS Learning several times, during the last few days.

What I didn’t really understand that, in the past we always received the results of the beta exams before the exam went ‘Live’. For what I understand is that something Microsoft Learning is discussing internally, let’s hope when the next series of beta exams arrive the issues are solved and the beta results are available way before the exams go ‘Live’.

I also contacted Prometric via Twitter several times. On October 12th they  told me to expect the results somewhere mid-this week.

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Because it’s already October 19th in the entire world (in just two more hours the 19th is almost over everywhere except for the United States). They assured that the results would still become available on October 19th. Since their headquarter is located on the American East Coast, we can expect the results somewhere between now and October 20th 6:00 GMT…

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I agreed with my contact at MS Learning to let her know if the results were not available by Monday morning (October 22nd), so she can contact Prometric HQ and to make sure the results will be available ehh…FAST.

Please let me know if you received the results (or if it’s still saying ‘Tested’), so I know what to tell MS Learning on Monday morning.

Two Windows Server 2012 Exams…Twelve Days…

Last Tuesday I  received an e-mail from MS Learning inviting me for both the 71-411 (Administering Windows Server 2012) and the 71-412 (Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services). In the e-mail the period you could attend the beta exam (using the mentioned promotional code) runs from July 19th until July 29th. I did some research and the last three Windows 7 exams (back in 2009) had a ‘bit longer’ period between the first announcement and the last day you could possible attend the exam. The average time between the first announcement an the last day you could attend the exam is (just check the table below) about 1 month!

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UPDATE #6 : Where in the world are my SCCM 2012 (71-243) test results? They have arrived!

Somewhere in February 2012 you were able to attend the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 exam (71-243 a.k.a. 70-243). In the normal days we would have to wait for about 6-8 weeks before the exam results would become available……not this time.

The SCCM 2012 exam went live last Thursday, April 12th , but we are still waiting for the results…

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Last week I talked to my contacts at MS Learning and the asked me to e-mail them if I didn’t receive the score before last Monday. At the moment the scores are still unavailable, so I send them an e-mail first thing Monday morning.

At the end of the day I received an e-mail from Stephanie and she told me that the score generally will become available within the first two weeks of the exam being live, but usually the scores are usually available within a few days of release of the live exam.

The also promised me to follow up with Prometric to find out when the scores will show on our Prometric Candidate History page.

Just a few minutes ago I received another e-mail (from Lisa this time). She told me that Prometric is investigating the issue at the moment. Whenever there will be new information I will update this blog post.

For now I would like to thanks Microsoft Learning (especially Stephanie and Lisa) for their effort to get us our SCCM 2012 Beta results! Smile

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Prices for MS Certifications Exams Will Increase!Prijzen van MS Certificeringsexamens gaan stijgen!

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Important : Microsoft is rising the prices of the Certifications Exams!

Effective July 1, 2011, the retail price of Microsoft Certifications will increase worldwide.* This change reflects the significant value that our certifications provide to our customers and our continual investment in new and enhanced Microsoft Certifications and other program improvements.

Microsoft recognizes the increased pressures on students and academic institutions during these challenging economic times. Although some of the prices for Microsoft Certification exams for students and academic institutions will increase, the discount will remain significant. Microsoft is dedicated to helping students become more employable for entry jobs in the IT industry. IT Academy members, high school, college, or university students enrolled in a degree or diploma program will continue to receive a discount off the retail price of select Microsoft Certification exams.

Note Microsoft Learning does not anticipate that this price increase will impact Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exams.

*Price change will be effective in India on August 1, 2011.

For more information and the Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the MS Learning FAQ.

Source : Microsoft Learning Websitems_exam_prices

Belangrijk : Microsoft verhoogt de prijzen van Certificeringsexamens!

Effective July 1, 2011, the retail price of Microsoft Certifications will increase worldwide.* This change reflects the significant value that our certifications provide to our customers and our continual investment in new and enhanced Microsoft Certifications and other program improvements.

Microsoft recognizes the increased pressures on students and academic institutions during these challenging economic times. Although some of the prices for Microsoft Certification exams for students and academic institutions will increase, the discount will remain significant. Microsoft is dedicated to helping students become more employable for entry jobs in the IT industry. IT Academy members, high school, college, or university students enrolled in a degree or diploma program will continue to receive a discount off the retail price of select Microsoft Certification exams.

Note Microsoft Learning does not anticipate that this price increase will impact Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exams.

*Price change will be effective in India on August 1, 2011.

Bezoek voor meer informatie en de Frequently  Frequently Asked Questions de MS Learning FAQ.

Bron : Microsoft Learning Website

B2L : Virtual Business Cards Have Arrived!

Due to a little bug the launch, which was scheduled for 0:30am (GMT+1), the Virtual Business Cards are finally available! Erwin just told me that the bug which delayed the launch is fixed! Yeah..it’s announced at the B2L blog too!

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The Virtual Business Cards are LIVE! Just visit http://www.mcpvirtualbusinesscard.com to sign in!


Because I just changed the Windows Live ID I used for the MCP Member site, I initially had some logon problems. But after a new LogOff –> LogOn cycle it worked! Check out the steps I took to create a Virtual Business Card by clicking the Read More link below.

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B2L : Virtual Business Cards Go Live Later Today

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Microsofts Erwin Chan has just announced that later today the Virtual Business Cards will become available to MCTs and Born to Learn readers!

What are Virtual Business Cards?
Just a little reminder. On August 17, 2009 Erwin blogged about it and he even showed some screenshots of the Card Creator in action. Click here for the whole story (at the MS Born to Learn blog), I’ll only show you the screenshots…

Note : I’m not sure if the images below represent the final interface, because the were from Erwin Chan’s blogpost from August 17.