Microsoft Learning has silently posted a blog post on the Born to Learn blog announcing that starting July 2016, the price of the Microsoft Certification exams will increase to an unspecified amount. The July date is when Microsoft’s Fiscal Year 2017 starts, so maybe it’s a way to sell more exams in the current Fiscal Year, or make their Microsoft Learning division more profitable in FY17.
Here is the FAQ from the announcement blog post:
Q: When will the exam price adjustment go into effect?
A: The price change is anticipated in July 2016.
Q: Is the exam price adjustment happening worldwide?
Q: To which exams will this price adjustment apply?
A: It will apply to commercial MCP exams, academic MCP exams, and MTA exams. Academic exams purchased from Pearson VUE and Courseware Marketplace will also see price changes. This does not apply to academic exams purchased through volume licensing.
Q: Will the price adjustment also apply to online proctored exams?
A: Yes, it will.
Q: Will the price adjustment also impact academic exam pricing?
A: Yes, it will apply to academic exams purchased from Pearson VUE and Courseware Marketplace. However, It does not apply to pricing for academic volume licensing.
You can view the official blog on the Born to Learn blog over here: https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/veronica/archive/2016/04/25/faqs-microsoft-certification-exam-price-adjustment-2016
If you’re looking to get certified in 2016, you might want to check out the Microsoft Certification Booster Packs that give you some discounts on a couple of options.
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