Q: What are the prerequisites for taking the exam 70-553 (CSHARP)?

A: This exam is meant for those candidates who have achieved the MCSD .NET certification. Microsoft recommends you to have at least two years of experience developing Microsoft Windows-based applications by using the Microsoft .NET Framework and a working knowledge of Visual Studio 2005.

Q: Which programming languages can you choose for this exam?

A: You can choose the Microsoft Visual C# 2005 programming language for this exam. Other programming language is Microsoft Visual Basic 2005.

Q: What credit does it provide?

A: This exam is a Professional Developer Upgrade exam for those candidates who have already achieved the MCSD .NET certification. After passing the exam, you will achieve the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) status. This exam credits you towards the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD): Enterprise Applications Developer certification. You will also automatically become the MCTS: .NET 2.0 Web Applications and the MCTS: .NET 2.0 Windows Applications certifications.

Q: Which certification does it cover?

A: This exam covers three certifications that include the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD): Enterprise Applications Developer, the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications, and the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): .NET Framework 2.0 Windows Applications certifications.

Q: How many questions are asked in the exam?

A: You will be required to attempt approximately 55 questions.

Q: What is the duration of the exam?

A: You will be required to finish the exam in 90 minutes.

Q: What is the passing score of the exam?

A: The passing score of the exam is 700 out of 1000 score marks.

Q: Which type of the exam is it?

A: You will be required to test on the type of questions that include single and multiple choices, drag and drop, build list and reorder, and build a tree. The test can be adaptive and provides simulation questions, but there are no case study type questions.

Q: What are the areas on which the exam is focused?

A: The areas on which the exam is focused are totally objective-based. This exam focuses on the areas in which candidates are interested to work in a typically complex computing environment of medium-to-large organizations that use Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Developer or Visual Studio 2005.

Q: Where to take the exam?

A: You can register with a Prometric testing center. You can also register for the exam online, at your local test center, or a regional contact center.

Q: What is the exam fee?

A: The exam fee is US $125.

Q: What is the job prospective for the exam?

A: After qualifying the exam, it prepares you with various job roles that include Web Developers, Windows Developers, or Enterprise Software Developers.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the SCWCD 1.4 upgrade exam?
A. Before taking the SCWCD 1.4 upgrade exam, you must have passed the SCWCD exam in the earlier version of SCWCD (i.e. CX310-080). Before taking any of the Web Component Developer’s exam, you must take the Sun Certified Java Programmer exam (CX310-025 or CX310-035 or CX310-055 or CX310-065).

Q. How should I prepare for the exam?
A. To prepare for the exam, you should use a web server (for example Tomcat). A step-by-step guide for installing Tomcat can be found here.

Q. What are the exam objectives?
A. Exam objectives can be found at http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-082.xml .

Q. What is the exam fee?
A. The cost of the exam is US$100. However, discounts may be available on the exam and you can get the details form your nearest prometric center. The list of prometric centers can be found at prometric site.

Q. How can I register for my exam?
A. After you purchase your exam voucher, you can contact an authorized prometric center to schedule your exam date, time, and location. Sun Java certifications can be taken only in authorized prometric centers, in the country where the exam voucher is purchased. You can book the exam within one year from the date of purchase of vouchers. The exam date may depend on your choice (and availability of slot) in you selected test center.

Q. What are the type of questions asked in the exam?
A. The questions are of three types:

  • Single answer type questions.
  • Multiple choice type questions
  • Drag and drop questions

There are instructions to choose the number of correct answers (for example choose 2 or choose 3). You will be asked to click the exhibit button to display the code for drag and drop.

Q. How many questions are asked in the exam?
A. There are 50 questions in the exam. To pass the exam, you need to score at least 60%(i.e. 30 out of 50).

Q. What is the duration of the exam?
A. 105 minutes

Q. What are other important factors that I should consider while taking the test?
A. On the day of the test, you need to reach the examination center at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time. When you contact the prometric center in-charge, he will take you to a room with a computer that you will use for the exam. He will also provide you with a pen-paper/white board-marker for rough work. He will guide you on the instructions to take the exam. Once you are ready, you can ask him to start the exam.

You are not allowed to take anything with you in the test center. Not even your water bottle or any food. You need to carry two identity proofs, of which, at least one should have a photo attached.

There will be an online survey in the beginning of the exam which will ask some general questions such as rate yourself on the level of expertise. This will not make any difference in your score. Neither the time counts from the survey in your actual exam. Now, the final exam starts.

Once you complete the exam, you can ask the center in-charge for the result.

The center in-charge will give a printed report of you score. The sheet will tell you whether you passed and the percentage of marks in various areas(a graph will indicate your score in different divisions).

Q. What is the exam retake policy?
A. If you fail in the SCWCD 1.4 upgrade exam, you will have to purchase a new exam voucher to retake the exam. You will have to wait for at least 2 weeks before you can retake the exam.

Q. How will I get my certification kit?
A. When you pass the test, you can log on to the Certmanager. Here, you can change your mailing address, phone number, and email address. You will have to wait for around one month to get the certification kit. The certification kit will contain a Sun certified certificate with the your name and certification title, a logo agreement form for successful Java technology certification fulfillment, an ID card with the you name and certification title, and a label pin. However, it will not have any report on your score. You can request for your sun certification logo by logging on to sun’s site. You may receive the logo within 2-3 days in your mail id. The mail will also contain the instructions on how to use the logo.

Q. How can I correct or change my name if it has been misspelled on my certificate?
A. You can change your address, phone number, email address in the Certmanager database. However, you cannot change your name. To correct your name in the database, you must send an email to suncert@prometric.com. The email must contain your prometric student ID, your name as it appears, and your correct name.

Q. What credit does the SCWCD 1.4 upgrade exam provides?
A. On successful completion of the exam, you will be a Sun Certified Web Component Developer for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition 1.4.