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    Default Comparative Difficulty and Pass mark

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask your opinion on the level of difficulty of the 70-290 and 70-291 exams when compared to the 70-270 exam. Would you say that they are
    (a) much harder
    (b) a little bit harder
    (c) about the same
    (d) a little bit easier
    (e) a lot easier
    than the 70-270?

    Also, is the exam pass mark the same for these two exams (ie 700 from 1000)?

    Cheers,

    Greg
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    The pass mark is the same (700/1000).

    I would say 290 for me was MUCH HARDER than 270. I hardly studied for 70-270 and passed on the first go but failed 290 twice finally passing the third time with a lot of studying.
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    I'd agree that 70-290 was harder for me than 70-270. My test focused a bunch on using the builtin backup services included with Windows 2003 Server. I also think that the Sybex 70-290 left out some of the information needed for the exam; thankfully I supplemented it with the Testout CBT software.

    I'm studying for 70-291 now, I'll let you know how it is once I take that one (scheduled for Jan 21st).
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstrm_ut
    I'd agree that 70-290 was harder for me than 70-270. My test focused a bunch on using the builtin backup services included with Windows 2003 Server. I also think that the Sybex 70-290 left out some of the information needed for the exam; thankfully I supplemented it with the Testout CBT software.

    I'm studying for 70-291 now, I'll let you know how it is once I take that one (scheduled for Jan 21st).
    To nightstrm_ut and Jerz - thanks very much for your opinions - I'll make sure I take my time and do a bit extra study for this one. I'd be very interested in your experience with 70-291 nightstrm_ut, since that will be next on my list once I get through 70-290. Much appreciated.

    Anybody else have anything to add?

    Greg
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstrm_ut
    I'd agree that 70-290 was harder for me than 70-270. My test focused a bunch on using the builtin backup services included with Windows 2003 Server. I also think that the Sybex 70-290 left out some of the information needed for the exam; thankfully I supplemented it with the Testout CBT software.

    I'm studying for 70-291 now, I'll let you know how it is once I take that one (scheduled for Jan 21st).
    When you refer to the builtin backup services, do you mean the command line ntbackup.exe, or the GUI Backup program?
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    Default Re: Comparative Difficulty and Pass mark

    Quote Originally Posted by sweenk2000
    (a) much harder
    than the 70-270?

    exam pass mark (700 for the 70-290)
    Once I'm finished taking this test, I will take one more to get my MCSA... Then, Microsoft tests can kiss my ass, because I will not take anymore

    I just failed the 70-290 with a score of 678.... Some questions seemed unfair like modem questions are some of irrelevant stuff, but what can I say.... You pass some and you fail some... Just the way it goes...
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