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Jan 29 2014   2:43PM GMT

MS Offers 20% Off on MCSA Win8 … and More!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Late last week, MS Learning’s “Professional Flash” newsletter featured an interesting offer: 20% off on the costs of exams 70-687 and 70-688. With Microsoft exams at $150 in the USA nowadays, and similar prices elsewhere around the globe, that’s a useful savings of $60 or thereabouts for the credential. But in following up on the voucher offer in the e-mail I discovered that even more exams are covered in this Second Shot deal as shown here:


Various Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 exams are covered, too.

The wording of the offer on the voucher page does seem to contradict the MS offer in the newsletter, so I reproduce that here as well (and for the record it’s from the “MCP Weekly Flash: January 23, 2014” in case you need to remonstrate with MS or Prometric about this):


The newsletter clearly says “20 percent discount on exams 70-687 AND 70-688″ so be sure to quote this if you get pushback.

For those pursuing MCSA on Windows Server 2012 or SQL Server 2012, it’s still a decent discount on one of the exams involved. But for the MCSA on Windows 8 combining double discount with Second Shot (free retake for those who don’t pass on the first try), this offer is pretty compelling. It’s only good until May 31, 2014, though (including the proverbial Second Shot exam attempt for all such exams), so you’d better get cracking!

If you’d like to sign up for the “Professional Flash” newsletter, or other MS newsletters, you can do this through your Microsoft profile (here’s the “How to Subscribe…” link at TechNet).

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