Is it smarter to fail first?

careerchangecareerchange Posts: 9Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
I've passed many of the Microsoft MCP exams on first try, but I am wondering if its better to take the tests VERY early just to get a feel for the exam and THEN study hard...

Anyone else try taking the exam before studying? Retakes are free right?

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  • Repo ManRepo Man Posts: 300Member
    It's never a good idea to blow 200 bucks lol.....
  • PlantwizPlantwiz Posts: 5,057Mod Mod
    I'd never think this is smart.

    I suspect it is a good way to get flagged for cheating as well, but merely a guess.
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  • cbsharpe0824cbsharpe0824 Posts: 153Member
    Disagree..you should never have the mindset of failing or have that "oh well" attitude. Allowing yourself time to study properly should be your goal. And in most cases, re-takes are not free. I don't know about you, but I don't have money to blow on re-takes.....
  • rogue2shadowrogue2shadow CISSP, GXPN, OSCE, OSCP, OSWP, eMAPT, CEH, CNDA, A+, Network+, Security+ Posts: 1,501Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    That'd make the test an expensive "Assessment test". If you were to do that for some like the CISSP you'd be out a mortgage payment icon_lol.gif.

    Take it at the end of studying so that it'll be more of an "application" of learning rather than just seeing if you could potentially pass based on what you saw on the "first attempt".

    With MCP tests you have that second shot but with CompTIA, its hit or miss; the retakes are on your dime.

  • DevilsbaneDevilsbane Posts: 4,212Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Repo Man wrote: »
    It's never a good idea to blow 200 bucks lol.....

    +1

    If it happens, pick yourself up and go with it. But don't plan for it or try to do it.
    Anyone else try taking the exam before studying? Retakes are free right?

    Even a technology that you are familiar with should have some brief studying. Remember, the point of certifications isn't to rack up as many as you can. It is to have knowledge and show that you have knowledge. Lets say you were a good guesser and happened to pass. Now you find yourself in the real world, and don't know jack.
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  • jamesleecolemanjamesleecoleman Posts: 1,899Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    It's smarter to do everything to the best of your ability to pass using legit material.
    This is kinda like asking if you should take your final exam way early into the semester.
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  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    +1 to all of the above. You could also flag yourself as being someone who "feeds" questions to the braindumps.
    It's best, even if you have a free second shot, to study and do your best on the tests.
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  • DevilsbaneDevilsbane Posts: 4,212Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    It's smarter to do everything to the best of your ability to pass using legit material.
    This is kinda like asking if you should take your final exam way early into the semester.

    One instructor I had gave out the final exam on the first day. He then marked questions wrong and handed it back on the last day. I was feeling pretty good when I scored 70% the first time around. :D

    With that though, he had 3 other finals that you didn't get to see. A lab, an open book test, and a closed book test.

    By the way, why is this in the Network+ area? It seems more of a general question, or at least in the Microsoft area since he references MCP.
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  • jamesleecolemanjamesleecoleman Posts: 1,899Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Devilsbane wrote: »
    One instructor I had gave out the final exam on the first day. He then marked questions wrong and handed it back on the last day. I was feeling pretty good when I scored 70% the first time around. :D

    With that though, he had 3 other finals that you didn't get to see. A lab, an open book test, and a closed book test.

    By the way, why is this in the Network+ area? It seems more of a general question, or at least in the Microsoft area since he references MCP.

    NO way!!!!! lol
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  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 5,163Mod Mod
    Retakes are free right?
    Retakes are not free unless you explicitly signed up for some voucher or special offer to have a free retake, and in that case it's generally only one free retake per customer. Unless there's a deal going on from Microsoft, (or any other certification vendor,) expect to pay full price each time you sit any exam.

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  • Forsaken_GAForsaken_GA Posts: 4,024Member
    Strategically, if you've got a free retake in your pocket, it's not a horrible idea to take it early to get an idea of what you're up against.

    Personally? I would never (and have never) done it for 2 simple reasons -

    #1 - My goal is to learn the material not just pass the exam. If I do that, then I only need one shot.

    #2 - Pride. I've never failed a cert exam. I would feel wrong if I went back on my normal preparation process just to get a heads up on what I might see on the exam.
  • NetworkingStudentNetworkingStudent Posts: 1,400Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I've passed many of the Microsoft MCP exams on first try, but I am wondering if its better to take the tests VERY early just to get a feel for the exam and THEN study hard...

    Anyone else try taking the exam before studying? Retakes are free right?

    I don’t understand your question……. I have spent a lot of time and money studying for the exams, so that I can learn and retain as much info as possible. I think just passing an exam to say you passed it is pointless in my opinion. I want to truly understand the information contained in the certification I’m studying. Also, I would like to be able to each other people about the material contained in the certification.
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  • K_RichK_Rich Posts: 66Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Unless you already know the material that makes you feel confident that you'll pass.
    Otherwise you are only cheating yourself from the cash if you fail and knowledge either way.
  • careerchangecareerchange Posts: 9Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    K_Rich wrote: »
    Unless you already know the material that makes you feel confident that you'll pass.
    Otherwise you are only cheating yourself from the cash if you fail and knowledge either way.


    Disgregard my post all. I was under the impression that there was no cost to take the exam a second time. At $250 a pop, I'll make sure I'm ready before I go.

    Now, back to my Sybex book...............
  • chuckleschuckles Posts: 86Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    One more comment if I may. Why not just buy a good quality practice test (at about 1/2 the cost of a retake) and see how you do. You can still use the practice test to help in your studies! icon_study.gif
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