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Recently Microsoft has changed their beta exam policy (see the new official FAQ on beta tests) and now they are public and open to everyone who wished to take a beta exam: you must only look on the Prometric site for exam 71-XXX (instead of the usual 70-XXX). Previously beta test vouchers were handed out to SMEs, posted on industry blogs, or distributed at conferences. But this was usually a pain due to limited number of voucher and/or available seats.

Actually there are some beta exams related to the new products and/or technologies:

Now are open but also a fee is needed (this was a great advantages of beta exams). Other consideration may be similar to VMware beta exams:

  • More questions (this IMHO could be a pro instead of a cons)
  • Several time to have the results (but is more detailed than the one from VMware)
  • No retake during the beta period (but this is obvious and also correct)
  • More difficult?! (this really depend)

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