Ok, let me put it up very bluntly - I am not a big fan of all those test and preparation sites for certifications that keeps floating around. The main reason for my dislike is that the questions are usually the braindumps of the exams which have been leaked out and many people can cheat their way to a certification just by studying the dumps (I still don't get it why the questions are never changed or shuffled on a regular basis for the Microsoft certifications). This eventually affects the reputation of the certification as well as the credibility of the people who have been certified. And for people who have done it the hard way, it could mean that their efforts have gone in vain. This was the first thought that came to my mind when uCertify asked me to review their test preparation software for 70-448 recently and I was certain that the product would face the ire of my blog if this was going to be another dumps based test site. Luckily it didn’t.
The very first thing that came to my notice after installing the software was the elegant and user friendly UI.
The UI has got separate sections for tests, study materials and progress tracking. The tests can be taken in two modes - learn mode (where you can review your answers immediately and read the notes also for it) and test mode (where you would be able to see your answers and score only at the end of the test). uCertify has neatly classified the tests so that there is a diagnostic test in the beginning to assess your level, practice tests to improve your skill levels and the final test (which I think is a bit harder than the real one).
The study material section is also pretty handy as it contains all the key concepts in one place.
The test readiness section tracks your history and gives you an indication of how ready you are to take the certification.
Another great feature is the Study Helper which explains the key concepts in each of the six chapters required for MCTS 70-448.
Now, coming to the pros and cons of the 70-448 PrepKit
1) Extremely strong and user friendly UI which I believe is shared for all the uCertify PrepKits.
2) uCertify’s strong policy against Braindumps
3) Comprehensive set of questions with study notes (300+) which are neatly classified
4) Test readiness feature gives an indication of when you should appear for your exams
5) Money back policy if you don’t pass within your first attempt
6) Good simulation of the test environment.
1) Even though the overall quality of the questions are good, there are some areas of improvement. For eg, questions with pictures of the actual development environment are less.
2) The How To section (visuals explaining how to do something) and Articles section are pretty much empty for 70-448.
My experience suggests that the 70-448 exam is a piece of cake for people with at least 2 years of experience in SSIS, SSAS and SSRS and they would pass the exam by buying and studying the official book - MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-448). But for people who would want to get a feel of the tests before the actual exam or for those who don’t have an all-round work experience in the three sections (SSIS, SSAS, SSRS), I would recommend uCertify 70-448 PrepKit. It’s a good investment considering that you will get your money back if you don’t pass within your first attempt. And also, you can be proud of the fact that you tried to pass the exam honestly and not by depending on the illegal dumps.
I am not being paid by uCertify to write this review nor am I getting any benefits out of the sales made through this review. However, my readers can avail a discount of 10% (in addition to any existing sale) on any test preparation software from uCertify by putting the discount code 'UCPREP' in the shopping cart.