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I seem to remember reading/hearing that an exam will drop off your transcript after a year if you haven't taken further exams to complete a particular certificate. If it matters, the test in question is 70-536: Microsoft .NET Framework - Application Development Foundation

Edit: In case it isn't clear, The exam I've had drop off in the past was an older exam - for .Net 1.0 or 1.1. I now have the 70-536 exam on my transcript - just wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to find the motivation to finish up a cert.

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I remember doing the .net foundation exam only to notice it is not needed for .net 4 - I have commented about this elsewhere on SE. I am still in two minds about halfway specialist certifications. –  Carnotaurus May 14 '11 at 17:25

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Pretty much any exam will get you an MCP certification, therefore it won't disappear. I still have exams from 1997 on my microsoft transcript that weren't core to any specific advanced certificate.

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I think my impression may have been formed when MS announced that it was retiring a certification (for which a previous test applied) and I only had a certain amount of time to complete the certification (and then upgrade). I'll leave the question open a while longer in case anyone else has an opinion - thanks! –  jlnorsworthy May 13 '11 at 16:40

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