It is no secret that having certifications on your Visual Basic programmer's resume can open doors in the job market. Nashville, Tenn.'s Transcender Corp. has a new educational tool for those weeding through the vast array of study materials and books currently available.
VBA-Cert 6.0 Beta provides programmers with a realistic, in-depth, simulated version of the Microsoft exam called 70-091: Designing and Implementing Solutions with Microsoft Office 2000 and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications.
VBA-Cert 6.0 is designed to mirror the testing experience, mimicking the interface of the actual exam, according to Transcender marketing manager Kristen Brown.
"Perhaps the one feature that people find most beneficial is the in-depth answer explanations that are provided for every question," Brown said. "In the 'answers explained' mode, we explain why the correct answer is correct and [why] the other choices are wrong."
In addition to a heavy focus on topics and scenarios actually on the exam, the Windows-based program will also point a user to direct page references in Microsoft resources and other study guides.
Brown said VBA-Cert. 6.0 comes so close to the actual 70-091 exam that those who have not put in a great deal of studying time or do not have serious hands-on experience will find it very challenging.
"The more experienced programmers will have more luck at passing our simulation on the first try. We recommend plenty of hands-on experience and study time," she said.
Even though the program is no substitute for experience, it can be invaluable for those programmers looking to get ahead, Brown said.
"In combination with hands-on experience, certification can be invaluable to the programmer. It can provide new opportunities and open doors that were previously unavailable," Brown said.
A single-user license for VBA-Cert 6.0 is available for $149 directly through Transcender. Those who purchase the beta version will be given the opportunity to receive the final version when it is released in September for no additional cost.