How hard is the MCSD for .Net?

Im about to fork out a lot of money to do a course that will get me an MCSD, starting with the MCAD, then upgrading to MCSD. Ive been an ASP/VB6 programmer for 4 years and now enough to get by, and have dome some .Net work before. Is the MCSD a really hard exam? High failure rate?
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chaniewskimConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I found it rather easy.

I suggest to do some apps to figure it out and read Training Kits - they're very good and sufficient. It was enough for me after 2 years of ASP/VB6 development.
IMHO there is no point for spending money for courses unless you are a beginner - and it seems that you are not. Courses won't give you any experience which normal work could do.

Anyway, it's allways one's choice. Perhaps it depends on the way somebody learns?
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glsacConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I half agree with that...I got my MCSD.NET last May. I have been working withh it since the beta and did not find it that hard, but the last examw as challenging (case study). I also read that the final exam for mcsd.net has a 77% fail rate. However, that number may have changed since lat year.

-Joe
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chaniewskimCommented:
Yes, 70-300 is hard for some people, mostly for dedicated coders. But I think it is also one of the most important exams for people who want to do something more than just code - it is focused on solutions and not technical details. I suggest that if you really want to go for some courses, then take a course for this exam. And if you like it - try MSF Practitioner, it's very interesting certificate and you can learn a lot preparing to it.
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glsacCommented:
100% agree with that...you need to think logically more for that exam.

Also, you may want to learn to speed read :-)

-Joe
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chaniewskimCommented:
One more thing
A key to last exam (70-300) is to read. Read case study two times, read every word of it and you will pass. It is really simple.
I think that for me it was so easy because I'm not native English speaker (I'm from Poland) so I _had_ to read it very carefully to be sure I understand it. It did the trick and worked like a charm.
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glsacCommented:
or speed read :)...but yes, take notes while you read...they give you paper :)
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Say... is there some place I can find just a few sample questions from the MCSD?

I never really put much stock into Certifications (since the technology changes so quickly), but for $100 or so, the extra padding on the resume couldn't hurt.

AND... if I can prove it is useful to me where I work, my company will pay for half.

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jamesfisherCommented:
www.actualtests.com
just took and passed, save your cash if only want to pass for cert
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