SQLAuthority News – Exam 70-433 – MCTS – Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development

I often receive lots of questions regarding how to pass SQL Server Certification exams. I have previously written about the road map over SQL SERVER – Roadmap of Microsoft Certifications – SQL Server Certifications. I have tremendous respect for Microsoft Certification and I enjoy the preparation phase as well as attending the real exam. The real value is after passing the exams as I am always sure that during the whole process, I have learned something new and my knowledge has been updated.

Prometric Testing Center Experience:

I had a Prometric voucher for one free exam, which was expiring on June 30. It has been with me for more than a year now. I wanted to take the Microsoft Certification Exam, but kept procrastinating because of various reasons. Finally, as the deadline was nearing, I was feeling more pressurised to get ready for the exam as I have not taken this exam earlier. If you know me, I currently stay in Gandhinagar, a very small town; however, the adjacent town Ahmedabad is the seventh largest economy in India and only 20 km away from my place. I checked in my city and there was no Prometric center for the exam, and in fact, I had already expected this. However, Ahmedabad has the most number of Prometric centers in India; so I decided to drive to Ahmedabad. Overall, this travel added one hour to my testing process – staying in a small city has some drawbacks like this.

I registered for the exam earlier this month, but I have been traveling like crazy recently; you can read my experience of the recent travels at SQLAuthority News – Training and Consultancy and Travel – Story of Last 30 Days. Due to the same reason, I could not find sufficient time to prepare for this exam. On the day of test, I woke up early, checked my emails and blog comments and left for the exam right away.

Exam Experience:

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The security at the exam was very strict and I was asked to produce passport size photographs along with two identity proofs. I was asked to agree and sign few documents at the testing location. Once that was done, I given a computer, where once again I had to accept few terms and begin the exam. The exam duration was four hours and the questions were quite good. There were a few good questions. I have only one complaint about some of the “Best Practices” type of questions. Best Practices are usually guidelines, and the opinions can vary across different configurations. I have left my comments on those questions in the exams. Overall, I like how it was set, and the time provided for attendees to come up with the answers is more than enough. I finished the exam two hour earlier than the given time; as I mentioned before, the time was plenty and in case of the questions, the situation is either we know the answer or we do not know the answer. There were no design-level questions or questions with calculations. I was even provided the notepad, but I did not use it.

Exam Preparation:

I can boast that I did not prepare for the exam and just walked in the center and passed it easily. Let me be honest here; I did not prepare specifically for the exam, but I have been working with SQL Server for a long time. I have helped and trained many developers, and moreover, I work as consultant in the field. I have hands on experience of writing codes, and this has made me capable to handle difficult codes. I also went over the course outline a week before. The outline for the course is listed here. I also looked up on Internet for some of the keywords from the outline which I was not familiar with. When I have to search any SQL-related matter on the Internet, I usually search in my blog first as I find it convenient to read something that I have written myself. You can search in this blog at http://search.sqlauthority.com.

The result:

I passed the exam with good grades and I was given the result right away. If you have taken the certifications, you know that it is very instant process, and also, the result provides good description of how one fared in the exams. I always find it interesting to go through the scorecard.

If one has the real-world experience of the subject, there is no need to do any additional preparation for the exams. I did learn something new from the exam, and I believe that attending this exam has indeed sharpened my skills.

Question to you:

What is your opinion about Microsoft Certification Exam? Does your organization require it, encourage it and reward you for taking the exams? How much personal gain do you get when you are preparing for exam and attempting the exam?

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://www.SQLAuthority.com)

29 thoughts on “SQLAuthority News – Exam 70-433 – MCTS – Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development

  1. I also think iot’s good to evaluate your skills, as well as it shows that the person concerns about his personal improvement.


  2. My 2 cents on certification is that i am divided on the value of the certification, it is good to have it but real world hands-on experience tops the certs. In my org it is purely voluntary there is no added incentive to take it up. Folks here rely on experience.


  3. Recently I cleared 70-433 Database development and I found examz so easy.
    But I have little doubt on value of MCTS in current market.

    Even though I am now preparing for Implementation of
    Database (SQL 2008 ) so after clearing that I can go for MCTIP.


    • Hi,

      Can you please suggest a center in India for appearing for 70-433 exam? I tried to search a Prometric Training Center but couldnt find one..



    • Hi Deepak,

      Can i have all the material which you prepared for the exam i want to write the test 70 443 exam.

      Please do the needful.



  4. Microsoft Certification is something which will ensure that you are a master of the technology and one thing I make sure before attempting one is I have prepared the topics with due diligence and take the exam with lot of confidence.


  5. I personally dont rely on the certifications , because i have found many cleared the certification but not good in knowledge.

    I cleared 70-431 sql server 2005 recently and i was able to did it in around 30 mins, i am with you that time is enough.



  6. I am preparing for this exam. I have gone through this ‘MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008—Database Development’ book once and now reading it again to grasp it properly and also working on exercises and the sample tests given in the CD.

    What else I should do?


  7. Hi,

    Do we have any exam center for this in Bangalore? any idea?
    Is there any facility for taking this exam online?
    Could anybody please explain me the procedures register for this exam?

    Thanks in advance!
    Manesh Joseph


  8. Hi,

    What is the number of questions that are there in the exam?
    What is the Total score and passing percentage of the exam?



  9. I am also going to appear for this exam.I am using ‘MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008—Database Development’ book to prepare. Let me know if this will be enough ..thanks


  10. I just passed 70-433 exam with pretty good score and it has definitely increased my knowledge.

    Good luck to those who are preparing for it. Do practice lots of questions before taking the exam.



  11. Hi,

    Can anybody tell me the total no of question that will be asked in MCTS-70-433 exam and the question types ..



  12. Hi,

    Can anybody tell me the total no of question that will be asked in MCTS-70-433 exam and the question types ..

    And also provide the registration Fee for MCTS 70-433


  13. Pinal,
    Wish you Season’s Greetings. Can you please tell me if I can get the “MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008—Database Development” book here in Kolkata. I am planning to appear for the examination by the end of November 2011.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Shyamaprasad Sarkar


    • Hi Friends,

      I am planning to write the 70-433 exam. Can you please provide me the right directions (books, materials, time lines,etc ) for the preparation.

      Thanks in advance !


  14. shri,

    hi friends,
    I want to do 70-433 certification.i havnt worked in sql in real time.can u suggest me real time projects to gain my knowledge.please do a helpful need to me.



  15. hi guys,
    I would like to know the details of MCTS 70-433 exam.. Please provide me the material links, exam fee structure and all……


  16. Hi,

    i m currently working in mnc cmpy as DBA. my total exp is 2.7 but i have 1 yr exp as a dba. i want to appear in MCTS exam but i don’t know which exam is better for me at this stage.
    so plz any one suggest me in which exam should i appear and how to i prepare for this exam..
    plz suggest me



  17. Hi,

    Also Please suggest me that which certifications should i go for Either Sql server 2008 (MCTS-70433) or Sql server 2012


  18. Hi I have similar question: Hi ,

    “Please let me know that 70-433 exam is now valid or Do we have to take exam for R2.
    Also Please suggest me that which certifications should i go for Either Sql server 2008 (MCTS-70433) or Sql server 2012”




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