What We’re Working on – Summer Wrap Up

August 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news | 7 Comments

The last couple of months have brought a lot of changes to the IT certification landscape. We’ve seen exam prices rise, certification tracks retire, new exams release, and our very favorite – revisions to existing exams (sigh). Each of these exam changes requires us to pause our current projects, evaluate our products, and make any adjustments necessary to ensure you continue to pass your exams after studying with Transcender. Needless to say, it’s been a really long and very hot summer!

Let’s start with a quick product release recap, in case you missed our tweets & Facebook posts. Since June 2011 we’ve put out the following new and revised tests:

As for what we’re working on today, Bob is deep into the last couple of R2 updates for our Oracle practice test products. These updates continue to be just minor adjustments to clear out any deprecated features from the previous release version and ensure we’re referencing the most updated Oracle Guidebooks.

Robin is revising the last few items in our existing CISSP product before moving on to the PMP4ED revision. That revision will be based on updates we expect PMI to release at the end of this month, but there’s nothing we can share yet on that front.

What’s the rest of the team doing, you ask? Don’t worry, they’re not bored. George is working closely with our editor on the last few Exchange 2010 SP1 updates. Ann keeps these guys on a pretty short leash when it’s down to the wire, so I know George is looking forward to getting these revisions completed. Joshua is down to his last two projects for our Visual Studio 2010 practice test products.

Finally, in response to several emails from our customers, Troy determined that it might be time for an update to our CCNA exam. However, after sitting for the live exam and comparing it to our existing practice test, it looks like most of the topics currently covered on the exam are included in our practice test product. Instead of adding a lot of new concepts that you aren’t likely to be tested on, Troy will focus on the way we present the questions in our product, so it will better mirror what you’ll see on your exam.

While we’re on the subject, I cannot stress enough the importance of including lab practice in your CCNA study plan. Whether you purchase our CCNA simulator product, buy someone else’s, or set up your own switches and routers at home, please do not show up to at the test center without some real or virtual hands-on lab experience! This certification is designed to test real-world skills, not just book learning.

There are a couple of other practice test-related projects we’re working on, but it’s just too early to share any details here. Sorry for the tease, but I can tell you that a couple of upcoming release announcements are directly related to requests I’ve received from many of you over the last few months so I want to make sure you’re the first to hear of it! Check in with us over the next couple of months for more info.

–Aima Rotella


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  1. 70-523 please.

  2. Good Morning,

    What happened to the Server 2008 R2 updated Study Guides?


  3. when 70-178 MS project 2010 exams will be available at transcender? Thanks!

    • Hi Giri, the practice test for exam 70-178 is not currently on our project plans. This doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t consider it. We’ll certainly consider the request & let you know should our plan change to include this one!

  4. Also interested in 70-523. Is that still on the schedule?

    • Hi – looks like I owed you a reply to your question. Yes, the practice test product for the 70-523 Upgrade is definitely still on our schedule. It’s currently planned for release the week of October 17th. There are a couple of other projects that got bumped up in front of this one at the last minute, but we’re back on track & committed to completing the VS 2010 track before the end of the year. thanks for asking & thanks for reading along!

  5. 70-178 MS project 2010 exams would be great!

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