My strategy for passing the Microsoft 70-515 Exam.

I recently took and passed the Microsoft 70-515: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 exam.  This exam covers:

  • Master Pages
  • Themes
  • State Management
  • Server Controls/User Controls
  • Input Validation
  • Debugging/Deployment
  • Client-side Scripting (MS Ajax/jQuery)
  •  HttpModules/HttpHandlers
  • WCF
  • LINQ
  • Data-bound controls (Gridview, Formview)
  • User Authentication/Profiles
  • MVC2

I had several strategies when approaching this exam.   The first was working through each chapter and ensuring I did the practices at the end of each chapter, even if I felt I knew it well.  I created a single solution and folder for each chapter.  When I was done, I had a nice handy reference for everything I had learned bundled into a single solution.

The second thing I did was use my Pluralsight subscription to review the following courses:

ASP.net 3.5 Fundamentals (only deployment and health monitoring)
ASP.net Dynamic Data Fundamentals

ASP.net Ajax Fundamentals
ASP.net 3.5 Working with Data
ASP.net 3.5 Security
ASP.net MVC 2.0 Fundamentals
WCF Fundamentals
LINQ Fundamentals

The final thing I did to help prepare me for the test was take alot of notes.  I used Google Documents as I read through each chapter to make a copy of my notes, and I also then converted those notes at the end into flash cards.  This helped my memory retention when I quickly reviewed them each time.

All in all, I think the exam was a great experience and exposed me to some features I would not have otherwise used in my day job.   There were a few features, like Web Parts, I just skipped, but overall everything was a great learning experience.  I’m currently using this same approach for the 70-516 exam, and will post about there here shortly.  Feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions about it.

 

Kyle Ballard