I’ve just finished writing 70-464. As I commented at the end, I found the overall quality of the exam lower than the first three I wrote.

Owing to the non-disclosure I sign for every one, I can’t talk about specifics, but there were numerous typos, product references were wrong, and in some cases, I read the question as implicit approval of bad SQL and development practice.

The typos annoyed me the most. They were in the code samples, so the code wouldn’t have run as shown.

I have not commented on any exams up to now, so I did feel strongly about the problems with this one.

I suspect one of the reasons is because fewer people do the MCSE exams as opposed to the MCSA. But they’ve been out a year (as of this week), so frankly there’s no excuse.

Anyway, my last one of this series is tomorrow. I’m hoping my luck and studying bear through.

Once that’s done I can think about the MCSM.

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2 Replies to “70-464 – Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases”

  1. Hi Randolph,

    Congratulations on becoming the MCSE. Just a short while ago, I emailed you before I came across this blog post.

    Sitting all the five exams of MCSE in two-weeks span is very challenging. That’ll be an inspiration to me. At some stage I too want to take those exams. Currently, going through IE1-IE4 material ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wish you all the best with your MCSM. I am pretty sure that with your calibre, you can make it.

    Surya (Jayasurya Pilli)
    Sydney, Australia

    1. Thanks for the comment and the kind words.

      Unfortunately I’m not MCSE yet. I have to retake 465 again, but I know where I made my mistake and will do my best to make it through then.

      Good luck with your attempt.

      Also, it was a pleasure meeting you in Chicago ๐Ÿ™‚

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