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How to Earn Your Microsoft Certification

A Microsoft certification can be a wonderful addition to your resume. Whether you’re getting certified in Microsoft’s architect program or as a systems administrator, there are a few things you should know about the process. The following are just a few tips for how to earn your Microsoft certification.

1. Choose an Area of Microsoft Certification

As mentioned above, there are a number of different certification areas. The exact certification you choose should be one that will help your career. It can be expensive to get certified and you may waste your money earning an unneeded certification. Research each certification thoroughly before making your ultimate choice.

2. Consider What Level You Want to Be Certified At

Some certifications have various levels and the level you’re being certified at will determine what material you need to study. Make sure you understand the details before scheduling your exam and studying your material.

3. Use a Variety of Studying and Training Methods

There are a variety of ways to study and train for Microsoft certification. The easiest and most affordable option is to use books to study for the exam. However, there are classes that you can take along with a variety of software options that will allow you to take practice exams.

Start with the books and if you find the material too difficult, you should definitely consider attending classes for additional training. These classes are usually offered through community colleges, but you may be able to find online courses as well.

4. Schedule Your Exam

Exam facilities usually fill up quickly and it pays to schedule your exam well in advance. Contact your local testing facility for a listing of exam dates as well as the costs for the exams. Some testing facilities may even offer discounts for registering early and may even allow you to take the exam a second time for free or a discounted cost.

5. Pay Close Attention to the Rules of the Exam

Last, but certainly not least, understand the rules of the exam perfectly. You can usually find the rules of the exam online. This will give you a better idea of how long you will be given and what you can bring with you to the exam. You will also be given information on the format of the test so that you know what to expect.

A Microsoft certification can be a great addition to any resume and may be just what you need to get that promotion. Take the time to choose the right certification, study using a variety of methods and to look over the rules of the exam.

About the author


I am Vishal Gaikar, Engineer, Web Addicted, Living in Maharastra, India. Email Me @ vishal@techbucket.org


  • I’ll be taking my MCTS for Windows 7 next month. Studying MS Certs really needs time and patience. You must have books and a lot of resources and of course a playground laboratory.

  • How long does it take to get certified?
    Which Microsoft certification is the best in order to get a job?
    Thanks for your help.

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