SharePoint 2010 Developer Exams 70-573 and 70-576 Thoughts and Tips
Nov 15, 2010
Having recently sat and passed Microsoft SharePoint 2010 developer exams 70-573 and 70-576 I thought I would share what I used to prepare as well as thoughts on the exams themselves!
First, about the 70-573 exam. Passing this exam will earn you the MCTS: SharePoint 2010, Application Development certification. The MCTS acronym is for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. The exam was pretty straight forward with scenarios and code samples. At the beginning of the exam you can choose to see code in either VB.Net or C#. In preparation for this exam I used and would recommend the following:
The 70-576 exam is the “Pro” level exam. Passing this exam in addition to the 70-573 exam will earn you the MCPD: SharePoint Developer 2010 certification. The MCPD acronym is for Microsoft Certified Professional Developer. I found this exam to be a bit more awkward to classify. It had elements that are more IT admin based as well as stuff that is developer based. As with the 70-573 exam you can choose either VB.Net or C# at the beginning but I encountered very little code on my exam. The questions where more scenario based and had you making decisions on best practices and efficiency. In preparation for this exam, I used and would recommend the following:
While passing these exams and holding the certifications isn’t necessarily the best measure of your proficiency in SharePoint, it does provide something solid to be measured with. In addition to that, just studying and preparing for these exams will force you to explore topics that might not have explored otherwise. In some people’s cases, such as my own, the certifications are required for your job. Overall I felt the exams where fair and followed their published objectives. I hope that this information will be useful to others that are either required or just desire to obtain the certifications.