Play by Play: The Science Behind Microsoft Exams

In this Play by Play, you'll learn how Microsoft thinks about measuring skills with their certification exams, and ways you can better prepare for passing an exam.
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(34)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jun 10, 2016
Duration
58m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(34)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jun 10, 2016
Duration
58m
Description

If you're thinking about taking a Microsoft certification exam in the near future, this course is essential viewing to help you prepare. Play by Play is a series where top technologists sit down for an unrehearsed, unscripted conversation about tools you use and scenarios you encounter. In this edition, author Jason Helmick discusses the science behind Microsoft exams with Microsoft Learning Psychometrician, Liberty Munson. This course isn't a checklist for how to pass an exam, but rather an exploration into how Microsoft thinks about assessing skills and ensures their exams provide reliable measures. You'll learn valuable insights into what Microsoft expects from an MCSA and MCSE, how they decide what's included in an exam, the question writing and review process, and even a glimpse into new ways Microsoft may explore to measure skills. After viewing this course, you'll have a better understanding of what you need to do to prepare for passing your next Microsoft certification exam.

About the author
About the author

Jason Helmick is an author for Pluralsight. His IT career spans more than 25 years or enterprise consulting on a variety of technologies, with a focus on strategic IT business planning. He’s a highly successful IT author, columnist, lecturer, and instructor, specializing in automation practices for the IT pro.

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Liberty Munson, PhD, is the Principal Psychometrician for Microsoft technical certification program. She is responsible for ensuring that psychometric standards are rigorously applied during all phases of the certification exam lifecycle and that the design and implementation of Microsoft’s Certification program results in valid and reliable assessments of candidate skills.

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Course Overview
Hello. I'm Jason Helmick, an author here at Pluralsight. Welcome to Play by Play. Play by Play is a series where we sit down with the top technologists in an unscripted, and yes, oftentimes unrehearsed conversation. In this particular session I'm talking about certification with Microsoft Psychometrician, Liberty Munson. Now if you're going to take a certification exam, and an exam of any kind, not just a Microsoft exam, you should watch this course. You will learn how the questions get developed, what the effort is on defining the proper content, who the subject matter experts are, and you'll gain a deeper understanding of how question writers think about assessing your skills, which will definitely help you better prepare for the exam. This was a fantastic and exciting science conversation, but also how Microsoft constructs the exam, how much effort they put into those exams, and you'll get tips and tricks, you'll hear Liberty talk about things that will help you get prepared to take the exam, and you will also find out how to provide feedback that they're paying attention to. Don't miss this course if you're going to take an exam.