Do i need a 70-270?

HOFBHOFB Member Posts: 1 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi guys

Basically I been thinking about getting an MCP ... I have a BSc in Business Computing (2:1) but I am having trouble breaking into 1st Line / Helpdesk Support. Mainly on the grounds that I do not have expierence in the field already and many of the firms are wanting people with previous expierence in this field. So i've seen a few 1st Line jobs that have said an MCP would help, I checked around and the 70-270 or 70-290 seem to be ones that would help me breaking into the industry.

I have knowledge about XP but not some of the topics i have seen that are in the exam. I have a 2nd PC that i can use to test stuff out as well (minus the licenses so would need trial versions if they exist for OS's).

I have signed up to Pearson VUE. So the exam will set me back £100 ...

I have seen sites quoting £900 or so for an MCP ....

Does anyone know which books i can buy to aide me without having to fork out £900 .... I have seen Sybex books quoted but need the ISBN. Any other books i would need?


  • SrAtechieSrAtechie Member Posts: 150 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hi HOFB,

    Just passed the test on Friday so I've got stuff fresh in my mind. Anyhow, these are the books I used to study for this exam:

    MCSA/MCSE 70-270 Exam Prep 2: Windows XP Professional (Exam Prep 2) (Paperback)
    ISBN-10: 0789733633
    ISBN-13: 978-0789733634

    MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-270): Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Second Edition (Hardcover)
    ISBN-10: 0735621527
    ISBN-13: 978-0735621527

    MCSA/MCSE Windows XP Professional Study Guide (70-270), 3rd Ed. (Paperback)
    ISBN-10: 0782144128
    ISBN-13: 978-0782144123

    MCSE Windows XP Professional Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-270) (2nd Edition) (Exam Cram 2) (Paperback)
    ISBN-10: 0789733609
    ISBN-13: 978-0789733603

    My recommendation is if you don't have much hands-on experience with XP, hit all four books. But if you're fairly comfortable, you could probably get away with reviewing one of the first three books and the cram. I actually read all four of them and if I could do it over knowing what I know now, I'd skip the sybex and get both the prep and microsoft books as they contain everything covered in the sybex. And I used the cram as a quick study the week of the exam (I scheduled it for a friday) and referred back to my main texts whenever there was something in the cram I couldn't explain to myself. I also had a copy of testouts cbt, which helped out a lot as well. Hope this helps!
    Working on: Linux+, CCNP:Switch
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