I have a bit of advice to pass on that I just learned at the School of Hard Knocks.
I wanted to schedule my next exam with Prometric. I had entered everything, including my 3 for 1 voucher, but I needed to double check the date. So I use the go back button on their page (not the browser) to look at the dates. I kept the same date and continued to the page I was on using the buttons on their page.
My voucher was no longer applied. I tried to add it again but was given the message that it was no longer valid. So I scheduled the exam anyways because I didn’t want the date to fill up and hoped that it was applied to my account.
I used their button to schedule another exam and it let me put the voucher on it, but the price did not change! So I will need to contact Prometric to get it fixed.
What Should Have Happened
My voucher should have remained and not disappeared when I used their site navigation to go back.
Do NOT apply your voucher until you are ready to check out. Even if you think you are ready, wait a few minutes before you apply it before finishing your process just to make sure.
After Contacting Prometric
To fix it I need to cancel my current exam at a fee of $35 and start over again. Of course I have the option of just keeping the current exam and applying my voucher on my next one, which is even worse as it is a 3 for 1 voucher. These exams are $150 each. So I’ll take the $35 hit to save $300. Of course as luck would have it I am not able to cancel it now, I get a message on their site that an error occurred.
To take advantage of my 3 for 1 voucher I have to have all of my exams scheduled by May 31st. This makes me a little nervous about hitting my goal in time. I plan to do my best to hit this goal though.
So, I will be doing more tutorials, videos from Microsoft Virtual Academy, and of course studying.
Microsoft has done things like this before and I just let it slip on by me. This time will be different. While I have been doing web development for many years I never bothered to earn any kind of certification. This year I am going to make a run at it. Hopefully I will not be a public failure, but as I take tests and get the results I will post about my experience.
For now I am going to take the certification path one step at a time. Step one, obtain at least one MTA. For me this will be the MTA for Web Development Fundamentals. I am not so arrogant as to assume I know everything, so I am going to make use of the course, Software Development Fundamentals, at Microsoft Virtual Academy.
If you are interested in taking up the challenge as well, head on over, and take up the challenge.