I think I’ve set myself up for an interesting adventure, I’ve decided to shoot for the MCTS, also known as “Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist” – and I’ll be taking the tests without a single guide book. Yep, you heard that right, no test study guide. Now, if I were you, I’d be asking “Why?!” – well, there are none. The tests required for the MCTS are so new, no books have been published on them.

I’ll be working with one of my co-workers, Laura, on this, our plan is simple: Learn everything there is to know about VB.NET 2005. I think that should about cover anything on the test.

Seriously, we are going to start by studying “Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 2005: The Language,” one of the recommend Microsoft references for the test. We may look at another book or two, but right now I think this is the only one we’ll need. I’d like to get my hands on a copy of “MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit” – but that won’t be available till July, and I’m hoping to have passed the tests by then (this is why).

Wish me luck, somehow I think I’ll need it.