Category Archives: Certifications

You know? I have taken up quite a few certifications as well

Coursera’s Data Science Specialization Track

In my year-end post for 2014 I posted about Coursera’s Data Science Specialization Track and after that a couple of people have asked me to give more details about these coursers and share my experience in taking them.

In this post I will give more details about this sets of coursers and about my experiences so far in taking them.

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Took one more beta exam (71-445) today

Today, I took one more beta exam and this time it was from Microsoft. The exam I took was 71-445 (Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence – Implementation and Maintenance), one of the two beta exams on SQL Server 2005 provided by Microsoft.

When compared with my other exam that I took early this week, this one was quite easy. Totally there were 70 questions and the time given was 210 minutes. Since it is a beta exam I will be getting my results only after 6-8 weeks.

So is there any one else who is sharing a similar story? 😉

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Took SCBCD 5.0 yesterday

I took the SCBCD 5.0 beta exam yesterday. Man! It was very tough and I struggled a lot to finish it.

I have worked very little in EJB (as part of my day job) and had only a theoretical knowledge of EJB and the concept behind them. More over there were lot of questions about the new and changed features in EJB 3.0 and I was not prepared well for that. I used the excellent notes by Mikalai for my preparation and also skimmed through Head First EJB but that wasn’t enough :-(. If any of you are planning to take it then make sure that you prepare well before taking up the exam.

It had 180 questions and the time allocated was 300 minutes (5 hours) and since it is a beta exam I have to wait for another 6-8 weeks to get my score card. There were also a couple of Task oriented questions in addition to the usual objective type questions.

So is it just me who found this exam to be tough or is there any one else who also felt the same way. If you have taken up the exam then do let me know.

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Two new Beta exams from Microsoft

Good news for those who are planning for Microsoft SQL Server certification. Microsoft is introducing two new beta exams for SQL Server 2005.

  • Exam 71-445: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence – Implementation and Maintenance
  • Exam 71-446: PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

For the first exam 71-445 the last date is December 19, 2006 and for the second exam 71-446 the last date is January 3, 2007.

As always these beta exams are completely free and if you clear them you will get the certificates.

Normally Microsoft beta exams are not available in India, but it seems that these two exams are available in India also. Contact your nearest prometric center and register for them as soon as possible because only a few seats are available.

All the best guys.

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FREE SCBCD 5.0 Beta Certification Exam from Sun

Sun Microsystems is introducing a new beta exam called Sun Certified Business Component Developer (SCBCD) 5.0 exam.

It is a beta exam which means you need not pay anything for it and is totally free. The only requirement to receive the Welcome Kit is that you should have already cleared the Sun Certified Programmer exam (any edition).

SCBCD is for developers who are responsible for designing and implementing applications using Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0. If you are one then don’t hesitate and the registration begins from November 24th. More details about the exam can be got from Sun’s training site. The objectives of SCBCD exam can be found in the Exam Objectives page.

Important dates to remember

Beta Dates: December 8, 2006 – January 2, 2007
Registration Start Date: November 24, 2006

Since I have already completed SCJP, I am going to take this exam. Any one else interested? 😉

Update: If you are looking for some study material then check out the SCBCD study material by Mikalai. Thanks Mikalai.

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Al last I became a SCJP

Finally I cleared my SCJP exam after a year of procrastination.

I decided to do SCJP almost a year back and planned to take up the exam for more than two times but thanks to my laziness I kept postponing it until last Tuesday.

I will try to scan the report card and post it here if I connect my scanner to my system again 🙂

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Second Chance to Pass Your Microsoft Certification Exam

Microsoft is offering a free second shot for Microsoft IT Professional, Developer, or Microsoft Dynamics (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions) Certification exam.

You just need to register in the registration page before your first exam, and you’ll get two chances to pass. The last date is June 30, 2006.

More information at the Microsoft second shot offer page.

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My Weekend – SCJP before the end of 2005

It’s been quite a while since I have been talking about my certifications. There were some comments about them too.

The reason being that I was bitten by the ‘Lazy Bug’ and now some how I have overcome that and I am planning to finish SCJP before the end of 2005.

I was able to overcome this ‘Lazy Bug’ because of the frustration that I faced this weekend.

Warning: If you’d rather not read a rant, please move on – Seriously.
Note: I stole this warning message from here. Hopefully Jeremy doesn’t mind this one 😉 😉 ) Hopefully ‘Lazy bug’ doesn’t bite me again.

If you had followed this one up till here then here is some interesting information. Do you know how I composed this one? I wrote in a paper with a pen (yes believe me) and then typed it during my lunch time at office.

Does any one else got affected by this ‘Lazy bug’? Share them here.

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