What is MCSE?
MSCE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) is one of Microsoft's highest rated Windows 2000 certificates. The MCSE is the industry standard and gives you the knowledge to do everything from analysis of business requirements to the design and implementation of infrastructures. The requirments are a bit rigid but pay-scales have been known to rise with its acquirement. It requires the candidate to complete Five core exams (four operating system exams & one design exam) and two elective exams.
Requirements - Core Exams (5 Exams Required)
- Four Operating System Exams
Candidates must pass one exam from each set of operating system exams?client operating system and networking system?in the table that follows. Candidates can complete the core operating system exams requirement by passing either four Windows 2000 or four Windows XP Professional/.NET Enterprise Server exams?or a combination of both.
- One Design Exam
Candidates must pass one exam that provides proof of expertise for design skills for specific Microsoft server technologies.
- Elective Exams (2 Exams Required)
The elective exams provide a valid and reliable measure of technical proficiency and expertise in solution design and implementation. MCSE candidates should also have at least one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system, implementing and administering a client operating system, and designing a network infrastructure. Individuals who earned the MCSE certification on Windows NT? 4.0 by February 28, 2001 remain certified. To learn more about changes in the certification policy, see the Microsoft Enhances Its Certification Program page.
You should take each of the simulated exams as if you were taking the actual exam, with the goal of passing the simulated exam on the first attempt. You should retake all of the simulated exams until you score 100% on each of them.
On the day you take the Microsoft Certification exam, arrive at the exam site at least 15 minutes in advance so you have time to relax before the exam. If you are unfamiliar with the location where the exam will be given, you may wish to visit the site before the day of the exam to orient yourself. Bring two forms of identification, of which at least one must be a photo ID. Remember that the exam is completely closed book. You may not use a laptop computer or have any notes or printed material with you during the exam session. You will be provided with scratch paper for use during the exam. All scratch paper and materials will be collected from you at the end of the exam.
Before the actual exam begins, the exam program will give you the option of taking a sample orientation exam to familiarize yourself with the way the exam program operates. You should take this orientation exam before you take your first exam. If you are unsure about how to use the testing computer or software, or if you have any questions about the rules for the exam, ask the exam administrator before the exam begins. The exams are timed, so you will want to avoid using any valuable test time for questions you could have asked earlier.
Eliminate the Obvious
YWhen answering a question, eliminate the most obvious incorrect answers first. This will make it easier for you to select the answer that seems right to you.
The exam program will tell you immediately upon completion whether you passed or failed. You will also receive a printed Examination Score Report indicating your pass/fail status. Do not lose this Score Report. Test scores are automatically forwarded to Microsoft within five working days after you take the test. You do not need to send them to Microsoft. If you pass the exam, you will receive confirmation from Microsoft within a few weeks. If you do not pass, you may contact either Sylvan Prometric or Virtual University Enterprises to schedule another exam. You may continue to retake the exam an unlimited number of times until you pass, but you must pay the $100 sitting fee each time.
The pass/fail cutoff score is the level at which candidates are certified. This score is computed based on the results of a group session with a panel of job-function experts. A passing score means the same thing for all candidates, regardless of how high an individual?s score is. If a candidate passes the exam, he or she is competent to perform the job functions that are measured by a given exam.
Watch out for tricky questions (sometimes it is easy to read the word without and think you read with). Also, watch out for double negatives.
Read all the short questions first (for adaptive exams).
Don't forget to recheck all your answers before finishing up completely.