70-462 – Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012

I wrote and passed this exam yesterday and I enjoyed it more than the first one.

I think this has more to do with knowing what to expect from the type of questions, as opposed to the questions themselves. I will reserve comment on what I thought of the questions, due in part to the NDA, but also because I am opinionated.

That said, I followed the same approach as I did in 1997/1998:

– mark every question for review before answering
– go through each question, make notes as necessary, and answer them all, even if guessing
– review every single question again and spend some time evaluating the chosen answer
– in some (minority) cases, if changing the answer, ask yourself if you’re sure you want to change it.

So far I manage to go through the first pass in an hour, and then I spend around 20 minutes to half an hour in the review period.

I always do the evaluation at the end.

Some of this behaviour is to pay my dues to superstition, but mostly it’s worked in the past. If the system ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Monday is 70-463, or as I affectionately refer to it, “ohgodohgoditstheworkofsatan”. My days as a “Senior BI Specialist” haunt me still.