Every couple of years it hits me: the certification bug. I got my MCSD (VB 6) in 2000/2001, and now I'm feeling the urge to update it for VB.NET. I have mixed feelings about the value of certifications, but I have to admit, I just like taking the tests.
I'm kind of bummed about 2 things since I was certifying a couple of years ago:
1) They don't give scores any more, just Pass/Fail. I'd really liked to know if I failed by one question or by twenty, and the same goes for passing exams, I'd like to know if I just scraped by or what.
2) They've raised the prices from $100 USD per exam to $125 USD per exam. Also the VB 6 MCSD was 4 exams ($400), and the .NET MCSD is 5 exams ($625). Grrrr.
I tried to take the ASP.NET exam during Tech Ed, where VUE was offering the exams at a discounted rate, but I arrived about an hour and a half before the "closing time" on the last day, and they wouldn't seat me for the exam, even though I've never spent more than an hour on any of the MS exams. Grrrr.
I also hear that some of my fellow MVPs have been able to get free exam vouchers from their MVP leads, but I haven't had any luck in doing that either.
<still whining>Ok, so now I'm off to spend $625 on a certification that doesn't really hold that much value in the market place.</still whining>