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: 3.5 Fundamentals (only deployment and health monitoring) Dynamic Data Fundamentals Ajax Fundamentals 3.5 Working with Data 3.5 Security 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