After 6+ years of .NET development, I decided to take the exams and get my certifications to fill in the gaps in my knowledge.
I'm taking exam 70-536 (.NET Framework Development Application Fundamentals) in 18 days.
Taking the practice exams, I notice that these questions are about minute details of dealing with the BCL libraries the exam focuses on. They aren't so much about "Here's your scenario. Which classes or approach is appropriate". It's more like "One of these (4) choices executes correctly. Which one?" Fine and all, but this is stuff that I could look up on MSDN in two seconds, but the exam is requiring you to memorize them!
These questions could come from any of the thousands of classes that are covered in this exam. This is hard-core memorization. Are there any suggestions for memorizing so much information? Any patterns in the way the classes are developed that I could leverage in educated guesses in case I can't remember the exact syntax?
For what it's worth, I have spent a lot of time preparing for this exam, so I'm not just trying to pass and get through it, I have learned a ton. But to pass, I need to have a LOT memorized, not just an understanding of the BCLs.