Last week on the Born To Learn site it was announced that a new MCSA certification for Windows 10 would be going live this week, and I’m pleased to see that it has. Why? Well, for a start, I’ve already met the pre-requisites, so I get it automatically (an early Christmas present!), but it also highlights some of the things I’ve been telling people around the best way to prepare for the Windows 10 exam which I’ll discuss briefly below.


As discussed in post linked above, achieving MCSA in Windows 8/8.1 is a requirement, the reason provided being that the exams required for this complement the skills being tested in the 70-697 exam. I usually recommended that people wanting to do the 70-697 exam use the Windows 8/8.1 MCSA material as the basis for the core skills needed for Windows 10.


For those who haven’t already done Windows 8.1 or the new Windows 10 exam, I’d recommend starting with Windows 8.1. At this point there is much more preparation material out there, which always helps, and then all you need to do to prepare for the Windows 10 exam (or exams if you count the 70-398 enterprise focused exam currently in beta) is focus on what’s new in Windows 10, as well as any additional inclusions in the exam requirements, such as Azure RemoteApp, and the stronger focus on Microsoft Intune.

I’ll be writing a more comprehensive resource guide for the 70-697 and 70-398 exams over the next month as things slow down a bit, and if you have any resources you would like to share let me know and I’ll include them.