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Microsoft Exam Prices Go Up: Your Thoughts?

I knew Microsoft would kick up exam prices at some point. I just didn't think it'd take that long. Well, just this morning Microsoft Learning Group finally announced a price increase on selected Microsoft exam by $25 in the U.S., with increases in other areas worldwide based on region. The increase happens July 1 (and Aug. 1 in India).

What amazes me is that it's been nine years since the last increase. We've been through two presidential terms, a protracted recession and three major updates to the Windows OS since then and still prices didn't go up. What eventually had MLG cave to price pressure was what certification director Don Field is calling customer-requested improvements to the program. That is, that extra revenue will help pay for things like newer, better questions, new question types, new tracks to keep up with changing technology, and improving exam security and integrity (to name a few).

We're sure it's money you could use to fill your tank or to fund your next iPad purchase, but it's also a matter of priorities and sacrifice if your goal is to remain technologically relevant in your IT career.

So, what do you think of the price increase? We'd love your thoughts here.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 04/22/2011 at 11:59 AM

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