I got some news this week about the core SQL Server 2005 exam. A bit of an update from someone who has recently tried 70-431. He sent it to me having read my previous post on the matter.
"I took the exam last week and got all the M/C questions right, but did horribly on the simulations. I figured out couple of them, but I couldn't do the others. Ended up with a score of 220. This is the first certification test I've encountered that used such a large set of simulations (15 on the test I took).
"Good job! I had no business passing this test, since I know nothing about SQL Server. This will add a degree of difficulty to the certs, but not insurmountable."
I wish this guy a bit of luck with the exam, but I'm very pleased that despite his knowledge of the multiple-choice questions (he must've had inside knowledge to get 100% right) didn't help him pass.
My tip for you (reader) is: Use the product! And if you have been using the product for a while, just try the exam. Worst case, you fail and can try it again once you've used the product some more. Don't bother cheating – if you're worth your stuff, you should be able to pass the exam easily.