You have been planning to sit for that all-important Microsoft exam for quite a while now. Perhaps you are ready and you have booked for the exam date. All is set, you are ready to for the exam. But wait, you suddenly discover that the exam is actually scheduled to be retired. What to do?
One thing that is constant in the technology industry is change. Technologies come and go all the time. As technology changes, new exams are created and older exams are revised or retired. Microsoft’s goal is to provide at least 6 months notice prior to retirement to give you an opportunity to finish earning your certification. Note however that both the exams and their planned retirement date are subject to change, hence one should check regularly for the latest information.
Keep in mind that even if an exam that is part of a certification you earned is retired, your certification is still valid. When an exam you passed is retired, the exam record remains on your transcript. If you’re working toward a certification that includes one of the exams listed for retirement, please be sure to take the exam prior to the retirement date. Allow time for a retake if necessary.
Here is a list of Microsoft exams scheduled to be retired in 2016:
484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#
485: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#
488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions: Retirement Date Changed to 3/31/17
489: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions: Retirement Date Changed to 3/31/17
490: Recertification for MCSD: Windows® Store Apps using HTML5
491: Recertification for MCSD: Windows Store Apps using C#
492: Upgrade Your MCPD: Web Developer 4 to MCSD: Web Applications Examination
499: Recertification for MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management
517: Recertification for MCSD: SharePoint Applications
Want more details on retiring exams? Check the exam retirement page.
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