What We’re Working On – June Edition

June 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Posted in CompTIA, Kaplan IT Training news, Microsoft, PMI | 9 Comments
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It’s not quite Summer Solstice, but many of us are already feeling the heat! The mercury isn’t the only thing rising around here. Gas prices are through the roof, airfare is at a pre-recession high, and soon the cost of some of your favorite IT exams will also rise. (For details, check Microsoft’s press release here: Microsoft exam prices will increase this summer – http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/btl/b/weblog/archive/2011/04/22/so-about-that-price-increase.aspx). So what are we doing this month to keep cool & help you save a few bucks?

As for those pesky exam price increases, be sure to check out our voucher packages between now and June 30th. If you shop before July 1st, you can lock down your Microsoft exam price at today’s rates. You have to commit to an exam attempt by October 31st (other restrictions may apply; check our web site for details), but if you’re already on the road to certification, then it’s worth the savings!

In response to several customer requests (THANKS for keeping us in the loop about your study habits & tools), we’re updating our Windows Server 2008 Study Guides for R2. Because of time & resource constraints, we’re limiting the updates to the TS-level products, since that’s where most of your concerns & questions have been focused. But remember, if you own pre-R2 versions of either the practice test product or the study guide, then you’re eligible for a free upgrade to the latest version. Log in to your Club Account to download updates, or contact our Customer Support team, who will be more than happy to talk you through the upgrade process.

George (gmonsalvatge) was finally set free from the grip of Windows Server 2008 R2 only to turn his attention to yet another Microsoft product update – Exchange Server 2010. After completing practice test content for his first SharePoint 2010 project, George turned his attention to SP1 revisions in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 products Cert-70-662 and Cert-70-663. Once these products are updated to reflect the latest revisions in the Microsoft exams, we’ll be sure to focus all our efforts on the PRO – Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator (70-668).

Josh (codeguru) has just sent the first Windows Application PRO practice test product to QA so we’re only a few days away from releasing Cert-70-518 C#/VB! We’re also just a couple of weeks away from releasing the first of our MCPD Upgrade to Visual Studio 2010, Cert-70-621 C#/VB products,  so look out for these additions to the Visual Studio path on our site soon.

A few more exams rocking our world this summer – CompTIA has released their new Security+ (SY0-301) exam, which means Robin is knee-deep in all things cloud computing, virutalization, and even an evil twin! Yes, we mean the wireless access point kind, not the Stanley Kubrick kind, but it’s still kind of interesting.  Troy is wrapping up our VCP-410 practice test product. This was one of those projects that made it on our project schedule due almost entirely to your requests, plus a bit of our own VMware curiosity.  So please keep those email requests coming, because I’m not kidding when I tell you we read & track every last one of your emails.

Finally, this one has been announced before, but worth mentioning again in case you missed Robin’s post – PMI has announced an update to their current PMP4ED exam, and to answer your questions, YES, we plan on revising our practice test to align with any changes in the exam domains.

And last, but certainly not least, a few non-product related events filling up our summer dance card – Cisco Live! (July 10-14), and CompTIA Breakaway (August 1-4). We plan to attend both of these shows and would love to hear if you plan to be there too. Shoot us an email and let us know which show(s) you’ll be attending this Summer, and if we’re there, we’d love to meet up!

Stay cool, stay hydrated & as always, thanks for reading!



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  1. Hi

    This means that the MTCS study guides were not upgraded to R2 content?


    • Hi – no, sorry, what I meant is that the MCTS guides were updated, but the MCITP guides were not. With that said, the 70-643 Study Guide R2 updates are still in production but will be available soon! Hope that helps clarify, sorry for the confusion!

  2. Are the Study Guides R2 content already available at your website? Or are you waiting to have all of them ready to upload them?


    • Great question – the study guide R2 updates for 70-640 & 70-642 should be available late next week (i’ll double check on status & update here). The 70-643 still has some production work to go through, but we won’t hold up the others.

  3. Looking forward to the R2 updates, been putting off doing these exams until there was decent content to work from!

  4. When do you think the VCP practice exam will be available?

    • Hi Max, we’re actually just a few days away from releasing a practice test product for VCP410. I gotta get a post together to let you guys know what we’re working on for the rest of the summer – I’ve been slacking on my blogging duties!

      So VCP practice test product is in QA, if all goes well it should be through production by the end of the week and available for purchase on our site by the start of next week. There are a few things that need to happen on our web sites to make this one available so I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated if we hit a snag.

  5. Has the SP1 revisions in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 been completed?

    • Great timing, we’re actually a few days from releasing the 70-662 practice test SP1 updates. While the topics haven’t changes too drastically, the look & feel of the exam did change a bit so we’re working to get that just right. THe 70-662 SP1 updates will follow in a few weeks.

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