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The time has come. I’ve taken a week off from studying; I recently passed Microsoft exams 70-761 and 70-762, earning the MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development. Back to the grind. I’ve looked in to the required exams needed to earn the MCSE: Data Management and Analytics, and have decided to take exam 70-465. My choice was influenced by my 9-5. The best choice, if there was not an influence, would be exam 70-767, because passing this exam, I would earn the MCSE and 1/2 exams needed to earn the MCSA: SQL 2016 BI Development.

Here we go again. I plan on purchasing the Certify with Confidence ($265) bundle offered by Microsoft. This bundle gives me three attempts at passing the test - fingers crossed only one is needed - and access to a practice test on Pearson Vue. The Pearson Vue practice tests work great, and the application, used to deliver the tests, works well. I’ve found that the questions on the practice tests are easier than the real Microsoft exam questions. I’m going to first look at www.mssqltips.com and then www.oreilly.com to see if they cover the required topics of the exam, and if so, spend most of my time reviewing from them.

I plan to follow my standard test taking approach. Using this approach, I ask myself three questions:

1) Have I seen a similar question before? If so, use the knowledge to answer the current question.

2) If I haven’t seen the question before, do I know enough to narrow the answer down to two possibilities? If so, make the best educated guess between the two and move on to the next question.

3) If not 1) nor 2), mark the question so that I can come back to it at the end of the test and use my remaining time to answer all of the marked questions. Note, for some questions on the Microsoft exams, you cannot go back and change.

Once I feel like I have put in the time, and am sick of reviewing, I will schedule the test for a week night at 9:30 PM PST - this time works the best for me - and give it a go.