3. ...and choose them wisely.
It is easy to look at the cost of books, practice labs, practice questions, and the cost of the exam itself and consider cheaper study resources for your learning. However, you have to consider your purchases as an investment in your future. Cutting corners is only going to be to your detriment in the long run.
One common study resource available is the ‘brain dump.’ My advice to you is to avoid these completelythey will be of no benefit to you! For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘brain dump,’ it is a resource that is usually donated by someone who has actually sat the exam and then attempts to relay all of the information, usually onto a website, for other people’s consumption. There are two big issues with this type of resource: the first is that the information being dumped is usually inaccurate and not that useful; secondly, the submission and use of this information is illegal under the Microsoft certification programs’ non-disclosure agreement. At the end of the day, you are sitting these exams for your own knowledge and subsequent use in the real world. If you can only relay information for specific questions without really knowing why or how you got to that answer, then that’s not going to benefit you at all.