New Exam Question Types and Testlet Exam Format Introduced

New Exam Question Types and Testlet Exam Format Introduced

Recently, Microsoft introduced new exam question types and an updated version of the testlet exam format in some Microsoft Certification exams. These question types presented a more realistic visual representation of the tasks that may be performed on the job.

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) and downloadable demos on this page are intended to help you become familiar with the new exam question types. Please note that the demos may not be technically accurate and should not be used as practice tests.


New Exam Types Demo


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New exam question types

Demo: All new exam question types.

Hot area questions
This kind of question asks you to indicate the correct answer by selecting one or more elements within a graphic.

Active screen questions
This kind of question asks you to configure a dialog box by changing one or more elements.

Drag-and-drop questions
This kind of question asks you to drag source objects to appropriate targets within a work area.

Build list and reorder questions
This kind of question asks you to indicate the correct answer by building an answer list. In a build list and reorder question, you need to build a list by dragging the appropriate source objects to the answer list and then placing them in the correct order based on criteria defined in the question.

Create a tree questions
This kind of question asks you to create a tree structure. You indicate the correct answer by dragging source nodes to the correct locations in the answer tree. Nodes consist of text and a small icon.

Testlet exam format
The MCP program has developed types of questions for Microsoft Certification exams that are very different from other exam formats currently being used. We strongly urge MCP candidates to download the demo and try the testlet exam format to become familiar with this new exam format.

Windows 2000 simulation questions
This kind of question asks you to indicate the correct answer by performing specific tasks such as configuring and installing network adapters or drivers, configuring and controlling access to files, and managing hardware devices. Many of the tasks that systems administrators and systems engineers perform can be presented more accurately in simulations than in most traditional exam question types.

Simulation Technology

A Revolutionary New Way to Assess Real-World Skills

We are delighted to introduce simulation technology into our testing methodology. Certification exams will now feature a combination of traditional test items and simulated work environments where candidates will demonstrate their skills by performing critical IT tasks.

Enhancing the Core Value of Microsoft Certification

Our continuing commitment to MCP certifications is to ensure that they’re the most relevant and valuable credentials in the industry. Simulation testing is a more effective means of evaluating an individual’s ability to perform on the job, therefore enhancing the value of MCP credentials in the eyes of hiring and IT managers.

Key Advantages of Performance-Based Simulations 

Require individuals to actually execute a task, rather than simply answering questions about it

Place a higher value on results—how closely a solution meets the requirements, not the path taken to achieve it

Provide a more accurate assessment of demonstrated skills

Simulate work environments to better reflect problem-solving in the real world

Mirror the actual job demands made in the workplace to build confidence

Transform preparation and practice for an exam into genuine experience



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