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SQL Server 2008 PRO Beta Exams 71-450 (70-450) and 71-452 (70-452)

Posted by denglishbi on August 13, 2008

Just got this email from the SQL PASS Headquarters and wanted to share the information if you were not aware of the beta exam offer:

We are happy to announce the dates for 2 upcoming Beta exams. 
The first is Beta Exam 71-452: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008.  This exam counts as credit towards the Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Business Intelligence Developer 2008.  Registration has begun.  The Beta exam period will be from August 13 – September 10, 2008.  When registering for this exam, please use the promotional code: 3568C.  All individuals interested in partaking in this exam are urged to
register now!  For exam preparation, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-452.mspx

The second offering is the Beta Exam 71-450: PRO: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Designing, Optimizing, and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution.  This exam counts as credit towards the Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Database Administrator 2008.  Registration begins on August 15, 2008.  The exam can be taken between August 18 – September 16, 2008.  When registering for this exam, please enter the promotional code: 239F4.  Start registering on August 15 to book your place.  To get ready for this exam, please go to http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-450.mspx

So why take these exams?  They are free!  Also, they give you credentials that are recognized in the marketplace.  Employers feel confident in the skills and abilities of those who have achieved certification from Beta exams.
So what are you waiting for?  Beta exams have limited availability and once all places have been filled, no additional seats will be offered.  Remember, these exams are free for you to take.  You must register 24 hours prior to taking the Beta exam, and you will be given 4 hours to complete it.
Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although the exams are not available in India, Pakistan, and China.
To register in North America, please call Prometric at 800 755-EXAM (800-755-3926).  If registering outside the US or Canada, please go to

Do not wait any longer!  Now is the time to get another step closer to earning your certification.  



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