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IT professionals need to have the knowledge and skills to support and manage a variety products that allow end users to conduct business. IT professionals can obtain the MCSE Productivity certification to certify a variety of skills related to Microsoft’s most popular products such as SharePoint, Skype for Business, Exchange Server, and Skype for Business. The MCSE Productivity certification is generally for senior systems administrator, IT manager and systems administrator, as well as senior systems engineers.
The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE: Productivity) certification confirms that learners have the skills to move organizations to cloud computing, increase user productivity, flexibility, reduce data loss, improve data security, and make data more secure. Like all expert-level certifications under Microsoft, the MCSE: Productivity certification allows learners to choose from a variety of exams to customize their certification.
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Start training To earn the MCSE Productivity certification, learners must pass an additional exam after obtaining the prerequisite certification.
The MCSE Productivity exam pool consists of eight exams. Some of these are covered by SPOTO training.
Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 (70-345)
Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 (70-339)
Skype for Business 2015: Enterprise Voice (70-333).
Core Solutions of Microsoft Skype for Business 2015 (70-334)
Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (70-331)
Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (70-3322)
Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: 70-341
Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (70-3422)
The MCSE Productivity certification was launched in 2016 to replace the MCSE Communication, MCSE SharePoint, and MCSE Messaging certifications. They were retired March 31, 2017.
Typically, experts-level certifications require that learners have at least three (3) years of experience with Microsoft products, especially Office 365 and Windows Server 2012 (or 2016).
These exam details apply to each exam in the MCSE: Productivity certification pool.
Exam time: 2 hours (120 mins) per exam
Number of questions: 40-60* for each exam
Passing score: 700** per exam
Questions: Active screen; Build a list; Case study; Drag & Drop; Hot area; Multiple Choice/Best Answer; Multiple Choice/Single Answer; Multiple Choice/Multiple Answer; Short answerLearn about Microsoft exam formats.
Register for exams: Pearson Vue or Microsoft Learning
Please note that MCSE Productivity certification exams can be delivered online by proctored delivery.
Exam cost: $165 USD per exam
Skills measured: Each exam registration page at the Microsoft website contains a list of Skills Measurable (free resource) that will guide you in your study and preparation.
*Microsoft doesn’t publish exact numbers of questions associated to its exams. The number of questions that a learner will see depends on the case.
**Because there are many questions, it is not necessary that learners earn a simple 70% to pass the exam.
Microsoft exams are known for being difficult. Many learners find that they need to take multiple exams to be successful. Microsoft is well aware of the challenges associated with learning.