Microsoft Learning has been running its Second Shot program on and off since the late 90’s. It works like this:
- You register for a specific second short offer
- You obtain a Second Shot exam voucher, with a voucher number included
- You sign up for and take an MCP exam of some kind at Prometric, and provide your Second Shot voucher number as part of the exam sign-up process
- If you pass, good on you. If you fail, you can exercise your Second Shot voucher to take it again for free (you must again provide the voucher number to do this, so keep that information in a safe place)
You have until June 30, 2009 to register for any MCP exam whose exam number begins with 070 (and any number of such exams, in fact), complete your first exam, and retake that exam if you don’t pass on a first try. Note: you must make it through this entire process by the cut-off date to take advantage of this offer.
It’s a pretty good offer, so if you do have to take any MCP exams between now and May, 2009, you should probably bookmark this blog so you can follow the links to take advantage. I won’t go so far as to recommend that you take the exam first just to reconnoiter and use it to guide your studies for the retake, but some folks have been known to turn this into a deliberate study/prep strategy.