Thanks to a posting at Born to Learn yesterday, we now know that several Windows Store Apps exams will get an update in the wake of the upcoming release of Windows 8.1 next week, along with the forthcoming update to Visual Studio for 2013. Larry Kaye posted the following list of affected exams yesterday in a piece entitled “Exam/Certification Update 2: MCSD: Windows Store Apps“:
- 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C#
- 70-485: Advanced Windows Store App Development using C#
In addition, MS has already posted “details on the exam updates” in a series of PDF download files linked on each of the preceding Web pages. These take the form of a set of Exam objectives, where the left-hand column is labeled “Tasks currently measured” and the right-hand column “Tasks to be added/changed in November 2013.” This makes it very easy for exam candidates to get information about what’s new and changed in these exams, and represents a welcome collection of information from Microsoft Learning to help ease the transition to the new exam content and coverage. A hasty scan of these PDF documents shows that about half of the individual tasks are subjected to adds and changes, so that those who’ve already started preparation under the old regime don’t seem to face a huge amount of work to sit for the newer exams instead. If any of these exams are in YOUR future, you’ll want to check out the blog post, and the exam page additions, at your earliest convenience: November is not really that far away!