Microsoft Second Shot and Cisco exams both expiring soon

June 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Cisco, Microsoft, Vendor news | Leave a comment
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June 30, 2010 is the last day you can take advantage of Microsoft’s Second Shot voucher program. Remember, you must actually TAKE your retake exam by this date (if you failed the initial exam), not just register for the retake by this date.

That means if you haven’t made your initial exam attempt yet, you may want to schedule that sooner rather than later, so in the very unlikely event that you don’t pass (we wish you nothing but success on your FIRST attempt), you’ll have enough time to schedule a retake before your voucher expires. Microsoft requires a 24-hour waiting period between your first failed exam attempt and its retake. Be sure to examine Microsoft’s exam retake policy to see if different restrictions apply to your particular track: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-policies.aspx

If you’ve already failed an exam and intend to use your Second Shot voucher for a retake, get it scheduled as soon as possible!

On the exam expiration front, Cisco is retiring several CCNP, CCDP, and Express Foundation track exams by July 31, 2010. That means you have just about six weeks to sit for any of the following:

  • 642-901 BSCI, Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks
  • 642-812 BCMSN, Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks
  • 642-825 ISCW, Implementing Secure Converged WANs
  • 642-845 ONT, Optimizing Converged Cisco Networks
  • 642-892 COMP, Composite BSCI and BCMSN
  • 642-373 CXFS, Express Foundation for System Engineers v1.2
  • 642-383 CXFF, Express Foundation for Field Engineers v1.2
  • 646-363 CXFA, Express Foundation for Account Managers v1.2

You can find complete information on Cisco’s Certification Exams page.

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