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  1. Exchange Nerd
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    #26
    + 1 to Dynamik's response.

    I just passed 298 today and I was able to take an exam a month to upgrade from MCSA to MCSE.

    The material has already come in handy at work discussing the environment with the Architects as well as having a better overall understanding of how everything fits together.

    294 is ESPECIALLY helpful in that regard

    I wish you the best of luck!
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    #27

    Default MCSE exams a lot harder than MCSA exams

    I have been debating the same question- MCSE or upgrade. I opted to continue on to MCSE however was stopped dead in my tracks. Exams 70-293 and 70-294 are way harder than any of the exams I took to earn my MCSA. I sailed through all the MCSA exams, taking about 3-4 weeks of studying between each exam and did not fail any of the exams (without brain dumps). So far I have failed the 70-293 twice and the 70-294 twice. I know there have been posts stating that 70-293 or 70-294 were just add-ons to the 70-290 and 70-291; that has not been my experience. You could get lucky and draw an easy test from the pool of questions- but after failing these tests twice each, I feel like I need to know all the exam objectives like the back of my hand. On one hand it is extremely frustrating, but on the other hand it makes me understand why the MCSE is so much more respected by employers. FYI I have decided to sidestep to the 70-648, I am not conceding defeat on MCSE- I am hoping that through studying 70-648 will fill in some of the gaps or reinforce some of the areas I have been missing. Also I am hoping 70-648 will restore some of my confidence after getting my butt handed to me on 70-293/294.
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