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    I have rescheduled my certification exam for Thursday afternoon. My wife is out of town until next week, so I can study late, cram, and read out loud while walking in circles memorizing 3x5 cards (which drives her crazy .)

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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    I have rescheduled my certification exam for Thursday afternoon. My wife is out of town until next week, so I can study late, cram, and read out loud while walking in circles memorizing 3x5 cards (which drives her crazy .)

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    Sounds like you have a good plan!
    I'd wish you luck but I don't think you'll need it. Just make sure to get a good nights rest before the exam, eat a light lunch, energy shot (4 or 5 hour) if you need the boost.
    Have you tried the simulated exam portion of Examforce yet? It's usually a different set of questions than what is in the adaptive drills test bank. I don't know if the 70-680 will have different questions or not.
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    Have you tried the simulated exam portion of Examforce yet? It's usually a different set of questions than what is in the adaptive drills test bank. I don't know if the 70-680 will have different questions or not.
    I didn't realize that, good idea!

    I have been using the MS Press CD, and have been less than impressed with it. The questions are written horribly, and the answer options aren't that great either. Very disappointing...
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    Good luck man! I'm sure you will kill this.
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    Best of luck to you, I plan to test in a couple of weeks.
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    Good luck! Looking forward to your pass thread.
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    I'm sure you'll do fine!!!
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    I just noticed your reading goal isn't even 25% completed, but the year is nearly 50% over. Why are you wasting time taking exams?
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    I just noticed your reading goal isn't even 25% completed, but the year is nearly 50% over. Why are you wasting time taking exams?
    I'm feeling the love

    Soooooooooooo, how is your reading going?
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    You'll be fine. Come back and tell us how it goes.
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    What is the purpose of a reading goal? I pick a test, and I read whatever it takes to get it done. If one book hasn't satisfied my mind, then I'll grab a second one.
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    What is the purpose of a reading goal? I pick a test, and I read whatever it takes to get it done. If one book hasn't satisfied my mind, then I'll grab a second one.
    2010 - 10k reading goal - What are you reading?

    10,000 Page Challenge

    Basically it's a 10,000 Pages a year challenge/goal that a lot of members here are participating in.
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    Come back here with a victory veritas!
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    Ouch, I am licking my wounds and trying to understand how I could have spent so much time on the MS Press book and not passed...

    My weak areas were the following:

    • Deploying Windows 7
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    • Configuring Backup and Recovery Options

    I also found that I had a difficult time figuring out switches for different commands.
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    Sorry to hear that veritas. I was coming here expecting to see good news.
    At least you'll know better what to expect when you retake it. It could have been worse..you could've failed the Vista test like I did
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    I'm feeling the love

    Soooooooooooo, how is your reading going?
    I'm pretty sure I hit 10k in May; I stopped keeping track. I think I ended up between 15-20k last year.

    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    Ouch, I am licking my wounds and trying to understand how I could have spent so much time on the MS Press book and not passed...
    Was that your only resource? I like the MS Press books (usually), but I don't think I would have ever passed an exam with one alone. Oh well, the beta test is over with. Now you know what to tweak the next time around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    Ouch, I am licking my wounds and trying to understand how I could have spent so much time on the MS Press book and not passed...

    My weak areas were the following:

    • Deploying Windows 7
    • Cofiguring Access to Resources
    • Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that Run Windows 7
    • Configuring Backup and Recovery Options

    I also found that I had a difficult time figuring out switches for different commands.
    Sorry to hear it bro. You know what you have to work on and I know you'll kill it in round 2. I think the second shot deal is still happening right? You could recoup and give it a go before the end of June.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik View Post
    Was that your only resource? I like the MS Press books (usually), but I don't think I would have ever passed an exam with one alone. Oh well, the beta test is over with. Now you know what to tweak the next time around.
    Yeah, from what I heard the Sybex book is actually worse than the MS Press Which makes the MS Press book virtually the only one available for the 70-680.
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    Bad test day, this is the second failure I have read about.

    Study up and hit it again!!!
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    Did you practice taking and applying images with answer files multiple times?

    I think thats the only way to really get the deployment ingrained in your brain. It helped me that I had deployed a few thousand vista boxes by the time I took the 7 beta test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    Yeah, from what I heard the Sybex book is actually worse than the MS Press Which makes the MS Press book virtually the only one available for the 70-680.
    I usually only use one book. I typically supplement that with a practice exam (Transcender) and hands-on work. Any deficiencies I find when working with those can be addressed at Technet.
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    This is a little scary to see, I'm using mainly the MS Press Book while doing the labs in class two days a week. I've got another source using OnlineExpert.com (anyone ever use that btw, I just started) and I'm watching the Tom Carpenter videos online there to try and make sure I'm prepared...

    In any case, got word that I'll be testing in a week or two so here it goes. Did you have any surprise questions that you didn't see coming? Like anything that wasn't covered that well in the MS Press Book but actually showed up on the test?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael.J.Palmer View Post
    This is a little scary to see, I'm using mainly the MS Press Book while doing the labs in class two days a week. I've got another source using OnlineExpert.com (anyone ever use that btw, I just started) and I'm watching the Tom Carpenter videos online there to try and make sure I'm prepared...
    WGU just recently started offering those videos to people studying for the 70-680. Tom Carpenter also did the Sec+ videos for Onlinexpert but I didn't watch very much of it. There's not much of a choice of what videos to watch as none of the major providers have any out yet.
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