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For Cheaper Exams, Head Back to School

Here in the U.S., exam fees have held steady -- exam prices haven't changed in something like four or five years. It's kind of good news/bad news in a way. Good news that test takers haven't seen an increase. Bad news because those walking the cert path who are part of the newly unemployed or have seen reductions in pay might be rethinking their certification goals.

If you're feeling a bit of despair, The Microsoft Learning Group has some relief. One is academic pricing for exams, the other is the Second Shot offer. On the academic pricing, all that you're required to have is a valid student I.D. when you register for an exam with a 072 prefix. The discount is anywhere in the neighborhood of 55 percent off (and pricing is regional, as this offer is good in many parts outside the U.S.), so it's considerable. Add the Second Shot Offer to that and you'll feel less vulnerable at exam time, knowing you have two shots to pass.

Of course, to be eligible for this one-two punch of an offer, you must register into the program. There's also a deadline: You must take your exams before June 30, 2010 in order to take advantage of the exam retakes. Get more info here; it's time to hit the books.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 02/25/2010 at 11:59 AM

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