Introduction to Microsoft Certification Examination

Microsoft Certification Examination is a test of the ability of computer technologists to use Microsoft’s software products, which is hosted by Microsoft in the United States, the leader of the global software industry. Before the examination, Microsoft Certification Advanced Technology Education Center (CTEC) located in all parts of the country will train the trainees, so as to improve the technical level of technicians and users of Microsoft in the fields of software development and application, guide the trainees to master the key technologies of Microsoft application software and improve their ability of software development and operation. The computer scientists who have been authorized by Microsoft and passed the Microsoft Certification Examination will obtain the Microsoft technical certificate in the corresponding software fields issued by Microsoft. This certificate can prove that the holder’s working skills in the corresponding fields are highly authoritative and valid around the world. Click for details.


1. Participants in the Microsoft Certification Training Examination will receive the following benefits

  1. Public Certification: participants can obtain the expert certificates issued by Microsoft headquarters, signed by the president of Microsoft, and recognized by the world.
  2. Technical Support: participants can get the latest technical information of Microsoft directly and participate in the technical activities organized by Microsoft.
  3. Benefit for Job Hunting: Microsoft Certification Expert Certificate is the evaluation reference for foreign enterprises, state-owned enterprises related to professional priority employment, and technical title, and is a reliable guarantee for obtaining a high position and high salary.
  4. Immigration: This certificate is a reliable guarantee for foreign job hunting, which will be conducive to participants’ skilled immigration and settlement abroad.

2. Categories and General Process of Microsoft Certification Examination


Microsoft Technical Certificates are divided into seven categories. The following is a brief introduction:


Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. This certificate holder will be able to provide effective system planning, system implementation, system maintenance, and information system support for the users using Microsoft Windows NT Server and Microsoft BackOffice.

2. MCSE Internet

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Internet Engineer. This certificate holder will be able to manage and configure Intranet and Internet in the IT industry, which includes the management and configuration of Browser, Proxy Server, Host, and Web Site Database.


Microsoft Certified Solution Developer. The holders of this certificate will be able to build commercial applications based on distributed network environment for Microsoft’s software development tools which include database systems and application design software such as MS SQL Server, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Transaction Server.

4. MCP

Microsoft Certified Professional. The holders of this certificate need to have certain expertise in one of Microsoft’s products. They can also further strengthen their ability to use Microsoft software products by taking part in other Microsoft Certification Examinations.

5. MCP Site Building

Microsoft Certified Professional + Site Building. The holders of this certificate will be able to use Microsoft’s technology and products to design, build, manage and maintain the sites, especially to build interactive pages, multimedia databases, and search engines.


6. MCP Internet

Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet. The holders of this certificate have the specialty of the Internet, which can ensure the security of the network, install, configure and manage the server products and resources, monitor and analyze the status of the network, and eliminate network faults to a certain extent.

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7. MCT

Microsoft Certified Trainer. The holders of this certificate must have the ability to go deeper into Microsoft’s official courses in both teaching and technology.

How to Participate in Microsoft Certification: Firstly, to participate in the Microsoft qualification examination, you should have a certain level of English. Because all the examination questions are in English, you should have an English level equivalent to CET-2 or CET-3, so that you can understand the requirements of the questions), and have a certain operating basis of Windows Operating System. You can enroll in any of more than 800 Authorized Pronmetric Testing Centers (APTC) set up by Microsoft around the world. (the list of APTC set up in China is attached in the following).

Before the examination, we should first determine the number of subjects of the examination to be tested according to the course requirements of the certificate that we have signed up, and then register at the nearby overseas registration center and pay the examination fee. The examination must be conducted within one year after the payment. Candidates can inform the examination centers of their intention to take the examination six weeks in advance, or at least one working day before the examination. If you contact the overseas registration centers at least two working days before the examination, you can cancel or reschedule your examination. Note that some places allow registration on the day of the examination, but it must be done no later than two hours before the exam.


After the registration, candidates will receive the confirmation letters of registration and payment confirming from the overseas registration centers, and then they can contact the authorized examination centers nearby to arrange the examination schedule. After the test schedule is arranged, candidates will receive information about the agreed instructions and registration process, the necessary certification requirements for the test, and the locations of the test centers. Candidates can then make a plan according to the above operational requirements and take part in the certification examinations. (Note: you can sign up for the exam directly without going to the training centers authorized by Microsoft.)

Certification Examination Process:

  1. Identify the items to be certified and carefully consider the subjects to be tested
    2. Choose the test site
    3. Sign up and make an appointment for the exam.
    4. Take the exam.

Appendix: Examination Room Rules

1. Appointment Examination

  • Different test sites arrange at different test times, so we should choose test sites according to our own time arrangement.
  • After determining the test sites, you need to go to the test centers to make an appointment more than three days in advance (differ by different test sites).
  • Fill in the registration form of the examination centers (in Chinese and English) and pay for it.

2. Examination

  • Candidates should bring valid certificates to enter the examination room at least 15 minutes in advance
  • Candidates should sign-in on the attendance sheet
  • Reading test rules
  • Sign the examinee examination room agreement
  • Take the examination
  • Hand in the draft paper, print the examination results and seal it
  • Sign off on the attendance sheet

Introduction to Microsoft certification examination


8 Experts’ Answers for Some Questions

1. What are the basic goals of MCP Certification?

MCP Certification created by Microsoft. Naturally, it has something to do with Microsoft products. The basic goals of MCP certification are: to use the examination questions established by scientific methods, on the one hand, to test the depth of the tester’s knowledge of a Microsoft product and the technical proficiency of operating Microsoft products, on the other hand, to make the testers pass the examination, which is really helpful to solve practical problems. With the expansion of IT industry experts and the increasing demand for talents, MCP Certification is gradually heating up. Candidates can confirm their computer software knowledge level through this certification, and Microsoft can also know something about the use of their products around the world through certification. At the same time, enterprises using Microsoft products have a unified inspection standard when recruiting technical personnel for related products.

2. How many MCP Certificates are there?

There are eight MCP certificates:

  • MCP Microsoft Certified Professional
  • MCP Internet Microsoft Certified Expert Network Expert
  • MCP SiteBuilding Microsoft Certified Expert Website Development Expert
  • MCSE Microsoft Certified System Engineer
  • MCSE Internet Microsoft Certified System Engineer Network Expert
  • MCSD Microsoft Certified Solution Developer
  • MCDBA Microsoft Certified Database Administrator
  • MCT Microsoft Certified Trainer

3. Is there any difference between MCP and MCPS?

In the current Microsoft Certification Expert System, there is no MCPS, so the discussion about the difference between the two is impossible. If we define MCP more accurately, it should include two levels of meaning: from the high level, MCP is the general name of the whole Microsoft Certification Expert System, which is the representative name of all eight certification projects. From the low level, MCP is the name of Microsoft Certification Product Experts, which is a certification in the Microsoft Certification Expert System, and also the primary certification. In general, MCP refers to the whole Microsoft Certification Expert System, which refers to all eight MCP Certification Experts.

4. How to become an MCP Expert?

If you want to be an MCP Expert, you must pass one or more senior computer technician certification examinations launched by Microsoft. It’s called MCP. Among the 8 MCP certifications listed above, 7 of them can complete the certification examination through self-study or seeking relevant course training in the local Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center (CTEC). In order to obtain MCT Certification, in addition to one of the above MCP Certification Examinations, we must pass more stringent relevant examinations. Generally, only formal teachers of CTEC can apply. Once you pass a series of MCP Expert Certification Examinations, you will get an MCP Certificate issued by Microsoft and signed by Bill Gates. At present, there are 90 countries in the world that recognize MCP Certification.


5. What is the organizational form of the Microsoft MCP Examination?

The establishment of the MCP Certification System and the design of test questions are carried out by Microsoft, but the implementation of the specific certification examination is operated by two independent companies. The two companies are Sylvan Prometric and Virtual University Enterprises. We have more than 1400 authorized testing centers (APTC) all over the world, which are responsible for the specific MCP Examination Business. Although Microsoft doesn’t organize the examination specifically, the examination results will be recorded automatically as long as the testers register for the examination and take the examination for the first time.

6. Is anyone qualified to take the MCP Examination?

In principle, everyone can take the test according to the requirements of the MCP Examination. As the MCP Examination is a series of evaluations for senior computer software talents. It is of great significance for those who are already in the IT industry or intend to join the IT industry to pass the MCP Examination. Because the MCP Certificate not only symbolizes your computer software technology strength so that you can enjoy high employment opportunities, high salary, exemption of related academic credit in the IT industry all over the world, but also may enjoy a series of special preferential policies conducive to professional development.


7. Is there any education restriction for obtaining MCP Certification?

No, Even if you are not a college student, you have never done any work related to computers, and there is no recommendation from IT industry experts. As long as you pass the corresponding MCP Examination, you will get the MCP Certificate and become a recognized MCP expert in the global IT industry. The only prerequisite is to pass the corresponding MCP Examination.

8. Is the requirement of the MCP certification Examination in English very high?

At present, most subjects of the MCP Certification Examination are still English. There are only three Chinese mainland Chinese test subjects, which are: 70-059,70-067, and 70-073. So unless you apply for the Microsoft Certified Product Specialist Examination (only 1), you always have to contact English test subjects more or less. Moreover, the Chinese version of the examination subjects are all made by Chinese Taiwanese, and many language expressions are different from those in the Chinese mainland. It is not as convenient as using the English version directly. If you don’t know English at all, it will be difficult to take the exam. But from the other aspect, the Microsoft Certification Experts Examination is a professional examination in the field of computers. The English it involves has quite professional characteristics. If your English is equivalent to the level of non-professional English Band 3, it is OK. It doesn’t matter if your English is not good. You can recite more words in the first of two exams, and you will gradually adapt later. The key to the exam is to master English related to the use of computers and understand the actual operation process and principle.