Q. What are the prerequisites for the 70-431 exam?
A. There are no specific prerequisites for the 70-431 exam. It is recommended that a candidate should have knowledge of using database tools, wizards, writing and debugging SQL statements.
Q. I am new to SQL Server. How should I start preparing for the exam?
A. To start preparing for the 70-431 exam, you need to have SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition. You should have Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 and Internet Information Services.
Q. What are the objectives of the exam?
A. Visit the Microsoft link to view the objectives of 70-431 exam.
Q. What is the exam fee?
A. The exam fee for 70-431 is approximately USD125. The fees for the exam in other countries can be viewed on the Prometric site. The fee is to be paid at the time of registration through credit card, check, or voucher. After the payment has been made, a candidate can schedule his exam date and time.
Q. How can I register for my exam?
A. You can register for the exam through a Prometric Test Center Locator at Prometric. You will have to go through a complete registration process, make payments and schedule the date and time for the exam.
Q. What types of questions are asked in the exam?
A. There are three types of questions asked in 70-431 exam as follows:
- Single choice
- Multiple choice (Choose two, Choose three)
Q. How many questions are there in the exam?
A. There are 50 questions in the exam.
Q. What is the duration of the exam?
A. The duration of exam is 90 minutes.
Q. What are other important factors that I should consider while taking the test?
A. You should reach the center 15 minutes before the start of your exam.
Books, laptops, notes or any other study material is not allowed in the exam center. All Microsoft exams are online so there is no need to bring any stationery.
You must bring two identification proofs. The identification proofs can include driving license, passport, government or company identity card or a major credit card. One of the identification proofs must have your photograph affixed and both of them must contain your signature.
An opportunity will be given to you to learn the use of the testing system. This session will not be included in your actual exam time.
Q. How will I get the result?
A. After completing the 70-431 exam you can view your score. You will also receive a hard copy of the result from the center in-charge. The result will include marks in each chapter but not for each question.
Q. What is the exam retake policy?
A. If a candidate fails in the 70-431 exam in his first attempt, he can appear for second attempt at any time. If a candidate fails in the second attempt, he will have to wait for fourteen days to make a third or subsequent attempt. If a candidate passes the exam, he cannot retake the exam until and unless an upgrade of that exam is announced.
Q. What credit does the 70-431 exam provide?
A. The 70-431 exam provides the following credit:
It also provides credit for the following certifications:
- MCITP: Database Administrator
- MCTS and MCITP upgrade from MCDBA
- MCITP: Database Developer
- MCSA on Microsoft Windows 2000
- MCSA on Windows Server 2003
- MCSE on Microsoft Windows 2000
- MCSE on Windows Server 2003
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