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    Default For those that have taken/passed the MTA 98-349(OS), is it really that easy?!

    Is it really that easy?

    I'm using the "study guide" from Certiport and its a joke, the answers are blatant and obvious. I've been a desktop tech for the past 6 years in a Windows environment and even though we don't use half of the, "...solutions" MS has built into their operating systems, I still see where the question is going each time.

    This leads me to believe the study guide is incredibly accurate or completely off?
    The only reason I'm taking this is my employer will reimburse any certs I pass, and I've never been to this test center so I figure why not tackle an easy one first and see what the environment is like.

    Any firsthand accounts would be much appreciated!


    p.s. If you know of a better/more accurate study guide or even sample questions you could share with me I would be very thankful.
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    The exam really is that easy. If you've been a desktop tech for 6 years just go ahead and schedule it and take it. You may want to brush up on which Windows versions are upgradable to other Windows version (like XP Pro can be directly upgraded to ?) but besides that you will be fine. It was pretty much a waste of time when I took it.
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    That ones really easy, I took it w/o study got a 90
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    That's great and thanks for the replies.

    I'd really like to validate the accuracy of this guide that I linked to, and see if the questions are presented and worded in that same fashion.
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    I actually went through that same guide before I took mine. The questions are somewhat similar. The difficulty is about the same actually. That's how easy this exam is...
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    Thanks again.
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    Yeah I used the 3 guides from certiport for OS, N, Server admin, and yes they are all that easy...
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    I went through it recently and passed with 1 question missed. I reviewed a few questions before I got bored and decided to just book it. If you have experience this thing will easily be a cake walk. Even those without experience that have common computer knowledge should find MOST of the questions obvious. Especially when you are taking a Microsoft exam and only one of the answers is obviously Microsoft related...
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    I passed the test today but it wasn't a cakewalk. You must have strong hands-on experience with XP-7 and all of their features components, security and upgrades/requirements. The Certiport guide is NOTHING like the test I took. There were no situations with reading comprehension needed, very short and too the point. Thankfully I have extensive job experience and relied totally on that. If you're looking to study, use the official objectives list. I do get reimbursed for my tests, so I feel it was worth my time. Not a complete pushover but lots of memorization needed.
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    I am studying for the MTA 98-349. I was wondering if there were any free practice test? Also I would like to know how many questions was on the test? Could you give me an example of the questions on the test. This certiport guide is a trick. I know it can't be this simple.
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    I've been looking at the MTA's myself...they seem pretty basic. I think I might shell out the money with my tax returns and give them a shot
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    2hrs to get the test started, 10 minutes to finish the test. This test is about as basic as M$ can make an OS exam. 1 question I think they took from the A+ exam. If you have any exp with Windows 7 then this test will be easy. I put this as easier then the CIW foundations exam.
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    Im looking into taking this as well. And publications worth reading for this?
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    @HotSauce6226 - The book below pretty much covers the requirements but if you have Windows 7 experience, you can pass the exam without studying anything:

    Microsoft Windows Operating System Essentials: Tom Carpenter: 9781118195529: Amazon.com: Books
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    Sounds promising. Maybe ill take a look into it before I take the test. Thank you sir.
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    For those persons already at WGU or who have a Skillport Books 24x7 subscription, the link to the Microsoft Windows Operating System Essentials book is: http://skillport.books24x7.com/toc.aspx?bookid=45084

    Microsoft Windows Server Administration Essentials

    Microsoft Windows Networking: Essentials

    Microsoft Windows Security: Essentials
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    If it's this easy then what is the value it holds?
    I understand if you're entry-level this can be an "easy first step" but are there guys that have a lot of MS certs that also go for this exam?
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    Took this today and passed with a 90%. Had some oddball stuff that wasn't in the official book but thankfully I knew based on experience. I would say read the book and do the gmetrix practice exams. I liked gmetrix better than uCertify for this exam.
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    Taking this exam tomorrow, just graduated from school took system administration for 2 years.. is this test going to be cakewalk?
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    I think it'll be a cakewalk for those who've gotten over the "hump". Dealing with the average user, I can say most of them would consider it hopelessly technical, but anyone who has actually worked in the field, or is even a casual enthusiast, should be able to pass with little problem. It's one way to get a foot in the door with MS, if one doesn't already have a higher level cert. In fact, I'm planning to do the 367 mostly to fill in a low-level security cert for the time being, as I don't have a higher level one planned for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spacer View Post
    I think it'll be a cakewalk for those who've gotten over the "hump". Dealing with the average user, I can say most of them would consider it hopelessly technical, but anyone who has actually worked in the field, or is even a casual enthusiast, should be able to pass with little problem. It's one way to get a foot in the door with MS, if one doesn't already have a higher level cert. In fact, I'm planning to do the 367 mostly to fill in a low-level security cert for the time being, as I don't have a higher level one planned for a while.
    thanks for the reply, Yes ive worked networking for a year now and I have no Microsoft certs
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    So I took the exam and none of the questions where technical honestly its as if I couldn't think that un technical.. I failed by like 2 and I have A+ Network+ and this exam just baffled me.
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    Any recommendations on some free tests for this exam or decent online materials (Paid for & free) I've been involved with IT support for a while now, would I be best just going ahead with the exam?
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    My boss gave me the Microsoft study guide for this test. Is this how the tests are actually written? I'm just trying to get a quick cert under my belt for HR purposes while I go to WGU and get my Bachelor's and better certs. The way the study guide is, it seems more like a test that pimps out windows features rather than actually quiz you on processes. When in doubt, just select the answer that has a Windows feature in it. Maybe the actual test is harder, but it seems like it would be pretty easy to pass.
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    Is it really this easy?

    I ask because I'm scheduled to go into center for "training" for the exam in June, however had the opportunity to take an exam in hopes of becoming an MCP in virtualization for a much cheaper price than originally offered - unfortunately as long as I sat the exam before the end of May.
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