Register for SQL Server 2012 Beta Exams

If you attended PASS Summit 2011 last October, you’ll probably remember that the keynote booklets included a very special offer for attendees: the beta codes for the SQL Server 2012 exams. The following exams are a part of this beta offering:

For information about the SQL Server 2012 exams, see the Microsoft SQL Server certification page. If you pass a beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript, and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. (Note that the 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of Microsoft Certification Program exams; when the exam is released in its final form, the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration.)

Registration for the beta exams begins on March 9, 2012, at 12am EST  (what time is this in my region?), and the beta exam period runs from March 23, 2012– April 13, 2012, with specific exam delivery dates as follows:

Exam numbers Beta delivery dates
71-463, 71-466, 71-467 3/23/2012—4/6/2012
71-461, 71-462 3/29/2012—4/12/2012
71-464, 71-465 3/30/2012—4/13/2012

PASS Summit 2011 attendees can register for free using the beta codes provided in the keynote booklets. Misplaced your keynote booklet? Contact mslcd@microsoft.com with your conference confirmation code. Please do not post the beta codes publicly; if you do post the beta code publicly, you will be excluded from future beta notifications.

These beta exams are available at Prometric testing centers worldwide (except for China, India, Pakistan, and Turkey). PASS Summit attendees are not guaranteed a seat in the beta exams as availability for these beta exams is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so register immediately for your best chance of getting a seat. A notice will be posted on the Born to Learn blog when the beta slots are filled.

Didn’t attend PASS Summit 2011? Don’t despair—there may still be a chance you can participate in the beta exam program. Complete a Microsoft Learning Subject Matter Expert (SME) profile, and indicate your experience with SQL Server 2012. Several days after registration begins, if seats are still available, individuals whose SME profile indicates work experience with SQL Server 2012 will also be sent notifications that include the beta codes.

To find out more about beta exams, see the Microsoft SQL Server certification page. For information about training and preparation for these exams, see the Microsoft SQL Server Training page.