I passed the 70-315 exam!
Here are some notes, tips, insight on the experience:
- fixed form exam
- 55 questions
- 120 minute time limit
About 50% were pretty easy, if you studied using a cert exam book (I
recommend using Kalani's book from Que). Example:
You have several ASP.NET applications on one server which will use a
common piece of UI functionality. You want to build only one control
to use among all the applications. What kind of control should you
a. Web User control
b. Web Custom Control
c. ActiveX Control
d. COM Object
The answer is b, which should be obvious.
About 10-20% were seemingly off-topic. There was a question on how you
would create a connection string to access a database on a machine
with muttiple instances of SQL Server.
Other topics I can remember:
- question regarding <system.diagnostic> element in web.config
- a few questions on state management - be prepared to hash out the
differences among viewstate, and various session methods (inproc,
state server, sql server)
- something about setting EnableViewStateMac="false" on page accessed
by server.transfer() and/or execute()
- one or two on caching, notably which to use, vary by param,
- xml, as in the best approach to reading xml data
When I started the test, I was immediately hit with a few hard
questions. From there, the questions got easy. By question 30 I
thought I was smooth sailing, with just over an hour to go. Then
things got tough. By the last question I had about 7 minutes left.
The MeasureUp practice exam seemed to most accurately reflect the real
thing. Kalani's book is the best for preparing, but the questions in
his book seem to be a little soft.
I'm hoping I can help others to pass, since I hopelessly scoured the
net looking for tips to pass this one. Now on to the 70-229 exam.....