70-461

scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTLbehind youMod Posts: 2,736 Mod
Taking the test at 8:30. Nervous: Ready Stressed: Ready.. LOL..See you on the other side. icon_study.gif
Never let your fear decide your fate....
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  • gncsmithgncsmith Member Posts: 459 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Good luck! Let us know how you did and give us some feedback.
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,736 Mod
    Failed again. Back to the drawing board. At least it isn't required for me at work (meaning, I won't get fired if I don't pass it..)icon_cry.gif
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • NotHackingYouNotHackingYou Member Posts: 1,460 ■■■■■■■■□□
    What was your practice routine like?
    When you go the extra mile, there's no traffic.
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,736 Mod
    I have access to the Army's skillport-used that. I purchased measureup practice test and lab, I read the training kit and I went for a class about 4 months ago.
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • NotHackingYouNotHackingYou Member Posts: 1,460 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Possible to install SQL Server locally and practice on the AdventureWorks database?
    When you go the extra mile, there's no traffic.
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,736 Mod
    I have done that as well...I just bought transcender for a 60 day online access. (for the practice test..)
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Member Posts: 2,487 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Keep us posted I am working on this one as well. Failed twice already, sad thing is I have over 3 years of MS SQL knowledge. Oh well, stick with it you'll get it.
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,736 Mod
    Keep us posted I am working on this one as well. Failed twice already, sad thing is I have over 3 years of MS SQL knowledge. Oh well, stick with it you'll get it.
    I have experience as well, it is like I don't know anything at all (especially studying with transcender). LOL So, the third time better be the charm!
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Member Posts: 2,487 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Did you see MS has the booster pack, 4 retakes for 200? We could always get through using brute force, I am seriously considering it. :)
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Scaredofrests,

    What kind of experience do you have?

    I just started my first IT job about 10 months ago. I get to work with SQL server, writing select statementd, some DMLs, backing up and restore servers. I've gone through the mva videos, it seems doable.

    Just wondering what kind of background you have because I feel like I may be underestimating the test.
  • NotHackingYouNotHackingYou Member Posts: 1,460 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I had about 3 years SQL dev experience when I took this exam. This thread has some more details on my study routine.
    When you go the extra mile, there's no traffic.
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,736 Mod
    I have about 5 or so years experience.
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Cool, I don't have much. I went through the mva videos, created my own database, and I've been getting comfortable creating tables, triggers, functions, etc.

    I ordered the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Administration: Real-World Skills by Sybex, hopefully I can get a feel for the questions using their practice exams.

    I'm planning to take the exam at the end of the month.
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Member Posts: 2,487 ■■■■■■■■■□
    It's hard getting back up again to take this exam. The only reason I am doing it because I want the paper, it doesn't really add value to my resume or help me get promoted. Ugh....
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Yeah, im hoping to use it as leverage for a raise. Plus, the company reimburses for certs so why not right?

    What does it say your weakness is, after you take the test?
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    @databasehead

    you don't think the SQL MCSA adds anything to your resume?
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    CarlSaiyed wrote: »
    I had about 3 years SQL dev experience when I took this exam. This thread has some more details on my study routine.

    Thanks for the info

    I feel pretty comfortable writing queries, its the part I like most from my job. Better than resetting passwords or installing printers.
  • TheFORCETheFORCE Senior Member Member Posts: 2,297 ■■■■■■■■□□
    How many questions did you encounter on the exam? There doesnt seem to be an accurate number out there, some say 50 other say 60. not that it matters but oh well just wondering.
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Member Posts: 2,487 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I want to say 60 but I don't remember to be honest.

    @ Daniel sure the heck looks better than the A+! :) Just messing around...
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I want to say 60 but I don't remember to be honest.

    @ Daniel sure the heck looks better than the A+! :) Just messing around...

    heck yeah it does. I just got my A+ a couple of weeks ago, so still kind of proud of it.
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    CarlSaiyed wrote: »
    I had about 3 years SQL dev experience when I took this exam. This thread has some more details on my study routine.

    Do you work as a SQL developer?

    I'm hoping to be able to make the jump from help desk to a DBA type position in a year or so. Not sure if you have any advice.

    I'm starting off with this certification and building my own databases.

    At work, I look for opportunities to write custom reports for our clients to practice joins, declaring variables, subqueries, etc.

    My manager even proposed that we add one of my reports as a supplement to our application for our clients.
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    So, I looked up some reviews on the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Administration: Real-World Skills by Sybex. I might not have made the right choice. Apparently, it's not really helpful to the test and it's light on T-SQL.

    I might end up getting Training Kit.
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I just got my A+ a few weeks ago, still proud of it haha
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,736 Mod
    The training Kit, in my opinion, is not enough (at least, not for me). I have added transcender to my study prep and measureup labs.
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I looked at the transcender and it's pretty pricey.

    How are you liking it so far?
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I just bought the training kit eBook.

    I'm enjoying it so far. I think I'm just going to use the training kit, the Sybex book, and the mva videos.

    Hopefully its enough.
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Member Posts: 2,487 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I personally thought the training kit was lame. I ended up getting SQL Server 2012 Programming book from Mike Murach, it's not aligned with the exam topics, but the techniques and coding suggestions are very helpful. I love the aggregation components in that book.

    The Training Kit is a fail IMO. But of course that is coming from a guy who failed the exam twice. Good news is management likes me and I have been promoted twice lol.

    I guess the saying you can't have it all is correct!

    I might end up going through the Lynda.com 70-461 training, but man 5+ hours! It's almost like they think you don't have a life. :)
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Member Posts: 2,487 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Thoughts about getting the MTA for database? Do you think this would give you some momentum to go into the 70-461? I'm seriously thinking about it, I want to get so MS database on my resume. It's the only database management system I use besides Access.
  • daniel108daniel108 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    yeah, i dont have a life haha

    i work full-time Mon-Fri, and then I have a second job on the weekend where I work 12hrs Sat and Sun.

    I basically stare at a screen all day at my weekend job, so I spend it studying for certs and watching youtube videos.

    @databasehead

    do you work as a DBA already?
  • NotHackingYouNotHackingYou Member Posts: 1,460 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Thoughts about getting the MTA for database? Do you think this would give you some momentum to go into the 70-461? I'm seriously thinking about it, I want to get so MS database on my resume. It's the only database management system I use besides Access.

    MTA database official book is great. Your call on if the exam is worth the $150.
    When you go the extra mile, there's no traffic.
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