Wednesday, 6 January 2010

My 70-541 Study Guide

Late in 2009 I passed the WSS 3.0 Application Development exam, otherwise known as 70-541. I think it's safe to say the whole Microsoft certification process is a bit odd. That may be a more general subject for another post.

In any case, I ended up with a high score, so I must have done something right. A couple of people have asked me for information so I thought I'd post it here. You may not want to go to these ridiculous lengths, but here's what I did to study for it:

  • I read the Ted Pattison book "Inside Windows SharePoint Services 3.0" cover to cover, twice.

  • I looked at the "Skills Measured" list and did a lot of Googling.

  • Eventually I realized MSDN and TechNet were the source from which most all of those "skills measured" items were derived and I focused my reading there.

  • There are a number of practice tests out there, of varying quality. Buyer beware.

  • In the course of all this studying, out of frustration that there's no good source of consolidated information, I did something really crazy, the results of which you can see below and which I submit here in hopes it may help somebody. (Kudos to Fodi Dervidis who started something like this; I just tried to take it a bit further by going through the entire "skills measured" list. I credit him and anybody else whose information is included in my guide; apologies to anyone I missed.

  • So without further ado, I give you my 70-541 study guide. Remember, passing a test does not necessarily make you a good developer. First you have to suffer a bit more! :)


    1. Thanks a lot David for this post, the 70-541 study guide. I have been searching for good study guide for over 1 year but could not found. Today your page resulted on google but I am not sure if this page has listed earlier when I was searhing.
      I have gone through Fodi Dervidis notes, it is also really very helpful.


    2. Hi Amit, thanks for your comment, I'm glad you found it useful.



    3. Hi Dave, I took the exam yesterday (5th March) but failed :(. Got only 510 marks.
      Your study guide was helful not doubt. Also would like to tell other guys that MeasureUp practice test is extremly good.