Microsoft examination:

Planning to take a microsoft certification next month, what would be the first exam I should take?
Should I enroll in any training center first or should I go straight to the exam?

I am focusing on windows application.... and

Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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I have never done Microsoft certification, but I do have the following test-taking advice:

1)  If you feel comfortable with your practice material, and are confident that you can do well, then you shouldn't need training.

2)  The first test you should take is the one you're most confident with.  If you do this, then you'll probably do well on that test, which will boost your confidence with the next test.  I can tell you, confidence makes a huge difference in how well you do.

Also, get enough sleep before the test, and make sure you eat a good breakfast.  I recommend eggs with toast:  protein and carbs will serve you well!

Good luck!
JackOfPHAuthor Commented:
Thanks, i will keep that advice...

There are many exam available in microsoft that is related to windows application and I do not know which one to take first...

Any Ideas?
Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
try 70-526 and/or 70-536 first as they are the base for many other certifications
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JackOfPHAuthor Commented:

I'll check it out...

70-536 is common  to all...
70-526 for 2.0 framework
70-502 for 3.5 framework using WPF (
70-505 for 3.5 (

I have passed cert. exams and I didn't take training... although I didn't pass the sql server exam on the first try I had second shot free so it didn't cost me money.

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JackOfPHAuthor Commented:
looks like 70-536 is bigger in scope compared to 70-505? Am I right?
JackOfPHAuthor Commented:
Do I need to pass, both the Exam 70-536 and Exam 70-505 to get a certification MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Applications?
Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
>>looks like 70-536 is bigger in scope compared to 70-505? Am I right?

Yes. 70-505 is very specific to Windows Forms application while 70-536 is the framework itself (threading, security, graphices, ...).

>>Do I need to pass, both the Exam 70-536 and Exam 70-505 to get a certification MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Applications?

JackOfPHAuthor Commented:
Do you have any idea how much would it cost me?

Do you have any tips, to make sure I pass the exam?

I will self finance this examination that's why I want to make sure I will pass...

Joseph :)
Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
About the cost, it is 125$ USD in many countries. You will find full details on MS web site.

As for the preparation, you can use testing engines like and
Also register for second shot if its available where you are located. That way if you fail you don't lose money. There was a book on amazon that I was looking at for 536 but reviews said it didn't cover everything that they asked in the exam.
If you want to study and write, then you can go through ebooks which you can get easily online.
I have dumps which I can provide it to you.
JackOfPHAuthor Commented:
Thanks... wish me luck... :)
anmeetTech LeadCommented:
Hi srikanthreddyn143,

I have to appear for 70-536. Can you please provide me some ebooks and dumps for the same? My personal mail is

Thanks in advance.
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