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Windows 2000 has many new features that must be learned by both the new user and experienced user with the prior Windows operating systems 3.51 and 4.0. "The Exam Cram Method" of study focuses on exactly what you need to get certified now.
Whether it's your first exam or your tenth, understanding the details of taking the new exams (how much time to spend on questions, the environment you'll be in, and so on) and the new exam software will help you concentrate on the material rather than on the setting. Likewise, mastering a few basic exam-taking skills should help you recognize-and perhaps even outfox-some of the tricks and snares you're bound to find in some exam questions.
This chapter, besides explaining the exam environment and software, describes some proven exam-taking strategies that you should be able to use to your advantage.
Once you've worked through an Exam Cram, have read the supplementary materials, and have taken the practice test, you'll have a pretty clear idea of when you should be ready to take the real exam. Although we strongly recommend that you keep practicing until your scores top the 75 percent mark, 80 percent would be a good goal to give yourself some margin for error in a real exam situation (where stress will play more of a role than when you practice). Once you hit that point, you should be ready to go. But if you get through the practice exam in this book without attaining that score, you should keep taking practice tests and studying the materials until you get there. You'll find more pointers on how to study and prepare in the Self-Assessment. But now, on to the exam itself!
All exams are completely closed book. In fact, you will not be permitted to take anything with you into the testing area, but you will be furnished with a blank sheet of paper and a pen or, in some cases, an erasable plastic sheet and an erasable pen. Before the exam, you should memorize as much of the important material as you can, so you can write that information on the blank sheet as soon as you are seated in front of the computer. You can refer to this piece of paper anytime you like during the test, but you'll have to surrender the sheet when you leave the room. You will have some time to compose yourself, and record this information, before you begin the exam.
Typically, the room will be furnished with anywhere from one to half a dozen computers, and each workstation will be separated from the others by dividers designed to keep you from seeing what's happening on someone else's computer. Most test rooms feature a wall with a large picture window. This permits the exam coordinator to monitor the room, to prevent exam-takers from talking to one another, and to observe anything out of the ordinary that might go on. The exam coordinator will have preloaded the appropriate Microsoft certification exam-for this book, that's Exam 70-210-and you'll be permitted to start as soon as you're seated in front of the computer.
All Microsoft certification exams allow a certain maximum amount of time in which to complete your work (this time is indicated on the exam by an onscreen counter/clock, so you can check the time remaining whenever you like). All Microsoft certification exams are computer generated. In addition to multiple choice, you'll encounter select and place (drag and drop), create a tree (categorization and prioritization), drag and connect, and build list and reorder (list prioritization) on most exams. Although this may sound quite simple, the questions are constructed not only to check your mastery of basic facts and figures about Windows 2000 Professional, but they also require you to evaluate one or more sets of circumstances or requirements. Often, you'll be asked to give more than one answer to a question. Likewise, you might be asked to select the best or most effective solution to a problem from a range of choices, all of which technically are correct...
Posted September 25, 2001
This was an excellent book. I have been administering windows 2000 networks and doing a lot of installs and support over the past two years. I read this book and took the transcenders and I passed the first time with flying colors. It covers a lot of key points and is a great refresher on key points you may not deal with on a daily basis. I definatelly would recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2001
This is an excellent book. Everything you need to know is covered in here in a clear and concise manner. All I did to prepare for the 70-210 exam was read this Exam Cram one time, and I had a near perfect score. I can not recommend this book highly enough. Congrats to the authors, you guys should be proud.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 27, 2001
Posted January 25, 2001
I read on the inside of the book that most or all of these authors work for a company called Trainability. Well, hats off to you folks-you trained me! This book is the perfect tool to prepare anyone for the Win2K Pro exam. I used it and passed the exam with no real problem at all. Short, sweet and to the point. Good book-would recommend it to anyone wanting to take this exam, and to people working with Win2K.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 5, 2000
I used this book along with a few other resources and I passed the exam with flying colors. There actually were several questions in the book that really helped with the exam. I actually bought the whole Core 4 Exam Cram Pack (highly recommended) but I wanted to review this one since it's what I have used.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.