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Exam 71-516: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

I had the chance to take the beta version of exam 71-516 today. Here are my thoughts on it: first, I was rather annoyed to discover that I will only know if I passed or not about 8 weeks after the beta period expires (July, 02), which probably means September. It was a difficult exam, especially since I don't have any practice on some of the new Entity Framework options. The items covered, from the most covered to the least covered, were:

  • Entity Framework (50-50 for POCO/Non-POCO)
  • LINQ to SQL
  • WCF Data Services
  • Classic ADO.NET (DataSets, DataTables, DataAdapters, TableAdapters, Connections and Commands
  • LINQ to XML
  • Sync Framework (surprise!)

All added up, I think it was a difficult exam. My advise is that you practice a lot! I will post the result as soon as I know it.

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Blackat.NET said:

Thanks for your post. I will take exam on 26 April.

Can I ask about about the number of questions ?

Which type of questions there are about Sync Framework ?

Thanks you.


# April 7, 2010 11:24 AM

Ricardo Peres said:


85 questions, 240 minutes.

There was only one question about Sync Framework. If I recall, it had to do with the value for the synchronization direction (Download, Upload, Bidirectional, etc.

# April 7, 2010 11:37 AM

Blackat.NET said:

Oh, well! I was supposing that there are 150 questions!

Ok, thank you and good luck for the exame result. ;-)

# April 7, 2010 11:51 AM

Phil said:

I hope you did well. I personally am not a fan of the certification examinations. They always seem to a lag behind the .NET versions and companies are not demanding them. The cheating scandal and inability of the tests to measure actual-skill-level did not help their cause. It would be nice if there was a Software Licence (like what Mechanical engineers have) that is pretty standard and focuses on core-fundamentals.

# April 7, 2010 6:30 PM

sam said:

from where i can but the exam training book

# October 5, 2010 9:59 AM

Seminarski Rad said:

All the best, thanks for text.

# October 27, 2010 8:47 AM