Microsoft Certification helps you stand out—and it all starts with one exam. Whether you are new to technology or a seasoned IT professional, when you earn a Microsoft Certification, you demonstrate your expertise to customers and employers. Learn more about certification exams, and start your journey to a more fulfilling career today.
What to expect
Microsoft Certification testing labs typically have multiple workstations, which may or may not be occupied by other candidates. Test center administrators strive to provide a quiet and comfortable environment for all test takers.
Plan to arrive early
We recommend that you arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before the test is scheduled to begin.
Bring your identification
To take your exam, you must bring the identification (ID) that was specified when you registered for the exam. If you are unclear about which forms of ID are required, contact the exam sponsor identified in your registration information. Although requirements vary, you typically must show two valid forms of ID, one with a photo, both with your signature.
Leave personal items at home
The only item allowed into the testing area is your identification, so leave any backpacks, laptops, briefcases, and other personal items at home. If you have items that cannot be left behind (such as purses), the testing center might have small lockers available for use.
At the testing center, Microsoft requires that you accept the terms of a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) and complete a brief demographic survey before taking your certification exam.
We generally do not identify the format of any given exam at the time of registration because we expect you to understand the exam content, regardless of how it is presented. This practice helps protect exam security and the value of our certifications.
Microsoft Certification exams are presented in a wide variety of formats so that your knowledge and skills can be evaluated accurately. Question formats may include:
- Active screen questions
- Build list and reorder questions
- Case studies
- Create-a-tree questions
- Drag and drop questions
- Hot area questions
- Multiple-choice, single-answer questions
- Multiple-choice, multiple-answer questions
- Multiple-choice, best answer questions
- Multiple-choice, extended matching questions
- Multiple-choice, repeated scenario questions
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