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    I have my exam scheduled Jan 05. I have been studying this whole month since Dec 05, using CBT Nuggets and Reading Don Poulton's book. I have learned so much since starting, never knew how much Windows 7 actually has to offer that I wish I knew earlier.

    I took some practice exams and I am scoring a 80 - 90 range. I think I am very comfortable with the material. I feel as if I should reschedule to an earlier date, but I suppose I should take that time and study notes. CBT Nuggets was a good series to use, it covered pretty much everything, I used the book to reinforce the concepts. I did about 2 video's a day, along with the chapter for review.

    This will be my first MS Test, and I know how people have said these tests are beasts, so I don't want to spare any free time not studying or prepping.

    Any words of encouragement or advice/suggestions will be appreciated. I'll report back as soon as I take the test, which is in about 2 weeks from today. Next will be the 70-686 - I want that MCITP: Enterprise Admin title ^^
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    I too am currently studying for the exams. I have two books, using CBT Nuggets videos and Professor Messer videos, taking various practice exams. Want to hit as many study outlets as possible. Going to be much harder than CompTIA but I'm sure I will be able to pass, hopefully on the first try.

    Good luck, we are on the same cert path!
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    Good luck with the test guys!!
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    Good luck with the tests! The MS exams are tough, but definitely doable. Focus on the core competences. Study everything inside and out regarding the subject matter listed on MS's website regarding the exam you're taking. You'll do great! You're going to pass!!!
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    I am very confident I should do well, or atleast pass this test. I've been going through some of the labs in Don's book, I've even picked up a copy of the MS Press book despite it many errors. However, it does have plenty of good stuff in it. I appreciate the encouragement guys.

    CoralReef, I hope to see you on the passing side ^^
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    From memory the 680 was brutal. Dont underestimate it. It also references a lot of server side tech. For the 686, know those deployment scenario's. Know when to use WDS/MDT/SCCM.

    I think there was a bit of crossover on the 680/686.

    Good luck and let us know how you go!
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    3 days left until my exam sit date - I'm actually getting a bit scared haha....

    I can only take so many practice tests, I've even skimmed through the book on concepts I have issues with. WDS/MDT/SCCM, DISM, IMAGEX, WINPE, It's all a blur sometimes. I would recommend everyone actually take the time to learn those the most. I feel like most of the questions aside from the ones that do with deployments - are common sense if you've been working with Win7 for a while. I know the Networking stuff pretty much, sometimes I do get tripped up on the IPv6 stuff...

    Welp, 3 days to study, lets hope I pass ^^
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    Keep us updated LittleBit...I too have been cramming. I just finished watching every professor messer video and taking notes - almost 100 pages of handwritten material (took me hours and hours and hours). Now I'm going through the CBT Nuggets videos. I have Poulton's book too and am heavily digging into technet. We are both well prepared we can do this!
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    I will start studying for this exam in the next month myself. I start studying for AD this evening. Allow me to recommend the Exam Cram books. Great reading material and they always give you a practice tests at the end of each and every chapter.
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    I found the Messer videos and Don Poulton's guide to be very relevant to the material covered on the exam. The CBT Nuggets videos were also helpful from a different perspective. I wish you good luck LittleBIT and coralreefguy on your exams! Let us know how you did!
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    Thanks! I will certainly keep you in the loop!
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    One thing that helped me was to go straight to the answers to see if there was a pattern. You can usually throw 1 answer out being that is isn't relevant to anything. Then read the last sentence in the question. THAT is the real question they are asking you. Usually, the first part (body) of the question is there just to through you off (waste time). The 70-680 isn't just about Configuring Windows 7, it's a test on time management. So, this should help you out as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coreyb80 View Post
    I will start studying for this exam in the next month myself. I start studying for AD this evening. Allow me to recommend the Exam Cram books. Great reading material and they always give you a practice tests at the end of each and every chapter.
    You might as well start studying for the windows 8 exam (70-687). This is a quote from the Microsoft, MCSA Windows 7 web page:

    "Until January 31, 2014, when you earn your MCSA: Windows 7 certification you also earn your MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration certification and either your MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 certification (Exams 680 and 686) or your MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7 certification (Exams 680 and 685).

    After January 2014, you can no longer earn the MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration, MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7, or MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7 certifications, but Exams 680, 685, and 686 will still be required for the MCSA: Windows 7 certification."
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    Failed today, missed it by a few questions. This test is convulated lol. Lots of extra sentences to throw you off. I'm planning to re-take it soon. I feel like I rushed this test. 50 questions. Will report back. Staying positive, my first test failed in 5 months...
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    good luck buddy
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    Thanks!

    I am a bit down on it, but I am remaining positive. I dont even get a second shot option.. so another $150 is coming out of my pocket. But, again, its all about mind set. I am remaining positive so I can keep pushing forward and study the sections I was poor on, and retest. I am not going to give up!

    I'll report back when I retake my test w/ results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBIT View Post
    Thanks!

    I am a bit down on it, but I am remaining positive. I dont even get a second shot option.. so another $150 is coming out of my pocket. But, again, its all about mind set. I am remaining positive so I can keep pushing forward and study the sections I was poor on, and retest. I am not going to give up!

    I'll report back when I retake my test w/ results.
    Sorry to hear about the failure. Were you at least close?

    I just scheduled my exam for the 9th (this coming Thursday) at 1:45PM. I'll report back how I do. I'm still studying. I have Tues/Weds/Thurs off this week so I plan on absolutely cramming like nobody's business. I registered with a second shot which I hope I won't have to use. I'm trying to cram the 70-685 in this month as well so I can grab the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7 cert before it expires at the end of this month.
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    How did you register with secondshot? I can't seem to figure it out.

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    How did you register with secondshot? I can't seem to figure it out.

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    You have to go to second shot's website, request a voucher first. They'll email you the voucher ID. When you pay for your exam, you include the voucher ID as if it was a discount/promotional coupon code. It won't take anything 'off' the exam. However, if you fail and sign up a second time - it waives the entire cost of the exam when you put in that same voucher/coupon code.

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    Failed!!!!

    661/1000

    This damn test is a real beast lol. I am a firm believer that the survey is a direct correalation to the exam itself. Next time, I am choosing 'low' for all competencies.

    I am going to watch Pro. Messer's video's, and read the MS PRess book, I already went through the CBT Nuggets vids and Don's book. I guess MCITP : EA will not be for me, I'll just take the MCSA, screw the title Lol.
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    Hard luck - it's a tough test to pass..

    Never give up though!
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    Passed today with above an 800 score. Exam took me about 30 minutes. I'd say the questions are very close to the practice questions included in Poulton's CD (that came with the book). A few threw me for a loop. I did the worst on the Deploying section, but a few sections I got 100% on.

    Again, my study tools were:

    CBT Nuggets for 70-680 (watched every video)
    Professor Messer videos for 70-680 (watched every video)
    Trainsignal videos for 70-680 (only watched a few videos)
    Read Don Poulton's book
    Extensive reading of Technet (whenever I found something that wasn't clear or I needed a better understanding of command line functions, I went here)
    Extensive home labbing (home domain using windows server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows

    I probably spent close to 100 hours of time studying for this exam over the last month. I do work in helpdesk and have some interaction with the Windows 7 interface, but not normally on an enterprise-support level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coralreefguy View Post
    Passed today with above an 800 score. Exam took me about 30 minutes. I'd say the questions are very close to the practice questions included in Poulton's CD (that came with the book). A few threw me for a loop. I did the worst on the Deploying section, but a few sections I got 100% on.
    Congrats on your pass!! On to the 685?
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    Congrats on your pass!! On to the 685?
    Yup. I've been studying Gibson's book in tandem to help get a grasp of the materials for 70-685. I'll be attempting it in two weeks, leaving myself time to take it again should I fail. I want to get the MCITP cert. I also want to finish this so I can jump into Cisco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coralreefguy View Post
    Yup. I've been studying Gibson's book in tandem to help get a grasp of the materials for 70-685. I'll be attempting it in two weeks, leaving myself time to take it again should I fail. I want to get the MCITP cert. I also want to finish this so I can jump into Cisco.
    Well, you're halfway there (and have the hard one out of the way)! Good Luck on the next one!

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