Every year Microsoft launches its Second Shot promotion that allows you to retake an exam for free if you fail the first time. For those of you who do not check the Microsoft Learning web site on a frequent basis, the Second Shot promotion is currently available.

There are usually some slight changes to the promotion each year. The promotion is currently available to test takes word wide. The offer to retake a failed exam for free applies to any IT Professional, Developer, and Microsoft Dynamics exams.

What do you need to know about the promotion? First of all, to take advantage of it, you must register BEFORE you take the first exam. You can do this directly on the Microsoft Web Site from the Second Shot web site by selecting the Register Now button.

Secondly and as with most promotions, it is only available for a certain amount of time between specific dates. The promotion became available on February 15th, 2006 and runs until June 30th, 2006. This means you must register for the promotion by the end of June. The free retake exam must be scheduled and taken by July 31st, 2006.

Finally, you only get one free retake for a single exam, but you can retake as many exams as you need to. So put a certification back up strategy in place now and register for your Second Shot.

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