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Get Your Cert On: Second Shot For MCP Exams Is Back

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Microsoft has reinstated its popular Second Shot program, which offers MCP test takers a free retake should they fail on their first try. And for the first time ever, some exams are also available through Microsoft's Online Proctoring.

If you schedule and take an MCP exam between before January 12, 2016, you automatically qualify for the Second Shot offer, which means a free retake for any exams you might fail during the eligibility period. You can sign up at Microsoft Learning after logging into your account there.

After you take an exam and wait at least 24 hours to check your status, you will become eligible to register for a free retake, as long as your re-take date is within 30 days of the date upon which you failed on your first try. All of the particulars are well documented in the FAQ on the Second Shot page, but here are some important highlights.

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All MCP exams for MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE certs qualify for this offer, as well as other Microsoft Specialist and Microsoft Dynamics exams. MTA and MOS exams, however, do not qualify (probably because they're also delivered by a third-party company, Certiport, which may have restrictions against extra discounts and retake offers for those exams by contractual agreement).

You can find out more about Microsoft's ongoing beta best of Online Proctoring on the OP page. OP is currently available in 53 countries, including North America, most of the EU and Europe, and various other countries. Using OP also requires meeting test system requirements and successfully running two software download programs to demonstrate runtime compatibility.

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Here are some other Second Shot facts to keep in mind:

  • The Second Shot offer expires on January 16, 2016, so the last retake date possible is February 15, 2016. Be sure to plan accordingly.
  • Beta exams do not qualify for Second Shot coverage.
  • Second Shot offers may not be extended, transferred, or redeemed for cash or credit.
  • If you don't show up for your initial exam appointment, Second Shot does not entitle you to reschedule and take that exam anyway.
  • Second Shot can be combined with other discounts or special offers, including exam bundles.

The restrictions really aren't that onerous or arbitrary, and this remains one of the best ways to successfully conquer an MCP exam. For some reason, it's really helpful to know you can try again if you fail the first time. Just that level of added security might make it easier to pass on the first try, in fact. So go for it!