What We’re Working On – August Edition

August 10, 2010 at 9:58 am | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news, Performance-Based Testing | 7 Comments

So while August will be all about staying indoors & enjoying the air conditioned office while working on finalizing products for SharePoint, .NET, and Microsoft Office, July was all about new releases. In case you missed any, here’s what just hit our virtual shelves:

Assuming we don’t melt from the sweltering summer sun, we’ve got big plans for August!

A few members of our team got their first look at the Microsoft Office 2010 Word and Excel exams (and PASSED). Considering that our closest certified test center offering these exams is almost 2 hours away – and a huge thank you! to our new friends at Berry College –  it’s quite the accomplishment to claim multiple Office 2010-certified developers on the team. They ROCK. With that said, I know some of you have been patiently waiting for Office 2010 practice test products, but I don’t have details on release dates to share just yet. We’re committed to delivering the Microsoft Office live-in-the-app experience (great!), so the development process for these products is a bit different (read: longer; not so great), but we hope to have something on the shelves before end of year.

What I can share details about is that we’ve made significant progress in a few other areas that you guys have been busy asking us about – CCNP, Visual Studio 2010, and SharePoint 2010. We’re just a few days away from the release of the Cert-642-902 (ROUTE) practice test for the new CCNP track. This product and with the SWITCH product were given top priority over the last 3 weeks, which means Troy and Ann are rarely allowed out of their chairs if there’s a practice test item/answer/tutorial waiting for their edits or approval. But the torture is only temporary and it means we expect to release the ROUTE product by August 13th, and the 642-913 practice test by September 2nd.

Joshua is glad to finally have a project plan for the new Visual Studio 2010 with .NET 4.0 practice test products, or at least a plan that hasn’t changed in the last 7 days! I admit, we had a couple of rounds of musical chairs with his list of priorities, but I think we finally settled on a release order and schedule that makes the most sense based on what you guys showed us you needed when studying for .NET 3.0 and 3.5. We absolutely take customer feedback into account when we order our development priorities. So we aim to release the 70-511 practice test this month, after which Joshua will move on to the 70-515 and then the 70-513. The goal is to release as many of the TS certification practice products by the end of the year as we can (while keeping as much of Joshua’s sanity intact as we can).

For CompTIA certification details, I’ll point you to Robin’s Linux+ post here. The LX0-101 practice test product is in QA and within days of release, while Robin is already about 1/3 of the way through writing items for the LX0-102. Look for a new vendor track (LPI) to be added to our Web site when the new Linux+ products release. We want to make sure everyone looking for Linux+ certification study materials understands the new partnership between CompTIA and LPI, so we’ll provide the practice tests under BOTH CompTIA and LPI vendor track names in hopes of easing the search. But if, like me, you have moments of complete confusion over the abundance of certification changes this year, feel free to check out Robin’s blog posts, or shoot us an email with your questions!

–Aima Rotella


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  1. Hi Guys, any news on when the new SharePoint 2010 exam practice tests will be available? I’m keen to upgrade my 2007 qualifications ASAP. Also do you have any plans to release practice tests for any of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM exams?

    Many thanks

    PS Love the products. Keep them coming….

    • Hi! Well be releasing practice test products for the two SharePoint Admin exams. The first, Cert-70-667, should be out late September, with the second one to follow 6-8 weeks after that.

      Be sure to follow our blog and Twitter updates (@KaplanIT) over the next few months for the latest on release news!

      • 8 months since this comment and still no SharePoint?

  2. Hi again! Any release date for 70-667 yet?

    • Hey Blaithin, check out tomorrow’s post for more updates, but in short we’ve had to postpone the SharePoint product release to address changes in the Windows Server 2008 products. We felt these R2 changes needed to be addressed quickly and thoroughly, and in order to do that we had to re-prioritize some projects. Sorry for the delay, but we’ll keep you guys posted on release dates!

    • Here you go: https://transcender.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/what-were-working-on-fall-edition/

  3. Any update on the SharePoint 2010 70-667 practice exams?

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