Latest & greatest: Cert-70-620, now with simulations

February 12, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Performance-Based Testing, Transcender news | Leave a comment
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It feels like certification testing is evolving at the speed of light these days – every time I turn around there’s a new test technology or metric (with corresponding buzzwords). I know it’s kept us hopping behind the scenes here at Transcender. While we’ve been steadily developing our question-and-answer practice tests, we’ve also been working on brand-new interactive test technologies designed to give YOU the best possible study aid, and to prepare you for the performance-based metrics used in next-gen exams.

Last week I introduced the latest of these technologies, our performance-based testing virtual lab for 83-640 (read about it here). The second technology will be a Cisco CCNA-level lab simulator with an interactive command-line interface and a virtual network to configure –  Troy and team are hard at work on that project, which is due to release in the spring. The third, which I’m announcing today, is our new simulation lab for the Windows Server 2008 exam Cert-70-620. It joins our existing Microsoft simulation practice test lineup, but offers *twice* as many sims, with an additional 3 sims available as an add-on purchase.

The Transcender practice exams with simulations use the same technology and interface used by Microsoft for their simulation-based exams, which rolled out in the past year. Our tests are available on CD-ROM or as a downloaded test engine. These simulation scenarios, which will require you to execute critical IT tasks, are designed to more effectively evaluate real-world competency. That brings Transcender’s total simulation exam lineup to:

  • 70-620: MSCert: TS: Configuring Windows® Vista Client, with 12 simulation items, 175 multiple-choice questions, and 298 flash cards
  • 70-620 AI: add-on product with an additional 3 simulation  items and 60 more multiple-choice questions
  • 70-290: MSCert: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment, with 6 simulation items, 298 multiple-choice questions, and 443 flash cards
  • 70-291: MSCert: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure, with 6 simulation items, 268 multiple-choice questions, and 595 flash cards
  • 70-293: MSCert: Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure, with 6 simulation items, 188 multiple-choice questions, and 543 flash cards
  • 70-294: MSCert: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure, with 6 simulation items, 105 multiple-choice questions, and 488 flash cards
  • 70-431: MSCert: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Implementation and Maintenance, with 6 simulation items, 151 multiple-choice questions, and 241 flash cards

The simulation items load in our standard practice test engine, as shown in this screenshot:

sim_engine

Once loaded, the simulations present a live-in-the-application feeling, but with a restricted number of paths available for action (just as in the Microsoft live exams). The simulation’s scenario remains visible in a window and can be referred to as you navigate through the screens. At the end, you are scored and given a breakdown of the correct actions to take.

70-620_sim_11

One word of caution: typos. As in, if the instructions tell you to configure a password as P@ssw0rd and you type P@sws0rd, you’re hosed, even if the rest of the sim is right. With the Transcender sims and also in the live exam, you must enter text EXACTLY as stated in the scenario. It will make you sad to fail a sim that you know how to do. [Almost as sad as when you flunk a single sim three times and then lead your coworker, no names mentioned but it starts with T for Troy, over to your computer, all inflated and proud that YOU ALONE have discovered a glitch in the 70-620 beta sim, only to deflate like a sad baloon ballone deflated thing when he points out that the scoring is fine, only you were typing the user name wrong. Learn from my pain. — blogmistress Ann]

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