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Exam Profile 77-885: Microsoft Office Access 2010

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This article profiles the Microsoft Office Access 2010 exam (77-885), one of several exams testing your knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite. Pearson IT Certification provides a variety of exam preparation tools to help our customers in their quest for certification. As part of our service to you, we have developed this Exam Profile series. Each profile is developed based on the testing experience of one of our trainers or authors. You won’t get exact questions or answers, but you will get a real feel for the exam. Each profile describes question forms, trouble spots, hints for exam preparation, and recommendations for additional study resources. Find out what you can expect to see on the exam and how you can better prepare for it.

Microsoft Access is probably the least understood product in the entire Microsoft Office 2007 suite. Passing Exam 77-885 will help candidates to prove their competency with this complex and often overlooked product.

Exam Details

  • Number of questions: Microsoft does not disclose the number of questions on their exams, but this exam is estimated to have about 50 questions.
  • Type(s) of questions: The exam consists primarily of multiple choice questions, but you might also encounter build a tree, reorder, or simulation questions
  • Passing score: 700/1000
  • Time limit: Microsoft does not disclose the exam’s time limit, but it is estimated to be about 90 minutes
  • How to register: Certiport

In recent months, Microsoft has made a direct effort to limit access to the types of exam statistics listed above. The number of questions, types of questions, passing score, and time limit listed here are based on information found on various Internet message boards, but Microsoft could adjust these aspects of the exam at any time.

Trouble Spots

Although there is nothing especially difficult about Exam 77-885, there is one trap that is easy to fall into. For those who have taken the Microsoft Access 2007 exam, is easy to assume that the Microsoft Access 2010 exam focuses on the same basic skill set, but with a newer version of Access.

For the most part, this general assumption holds true. However, the Access 2010 exam seems to go into greater depth than the Access 2007 exam did with regard to the individual exam topics. Therefore, if you have passed the Microsoft Access 2007 exam, don't expect to automatically be able to pass the Microsoft Access 2010 exam without doing a little bit of preparation first.

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