Microsoft’s Security Fundamentals exam tests your knowledge of physical security, Internet security, operating system security, network security and software security. The Security Fundamentals exam is similar to the CompTIA Security+ exam. After you pass the Security Fundamentals exam, you will have earned your Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certification.
Many people would like to pursue a career in technology, but lack the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue Technology Specialist or Professional certifications. The MTA certification creates a new entry point to help those who have little practical experience get into the career field, and can be the first step towards becoming a Microsoft Technology Specialist (MCTS).
The MTA is a new, entry-level certification designed to help individuals take the first step toward a career as an IT professional or developer. Also, when you earn an MTA Certification, you become a member of the Microsoft Certified Professional community. You will get access to members-only benefits such as special offers, the MCP transcript tool, and private newsgroups where you can network, find peer support, and share your accomplishments other certified professionals worldwide.
At this time, MTA is only available to students, faculty, and staff of an accredited academic institution that is an approved MTA testing center. MTA exams are only available at academic institutions that have purchased an MTA Campus License or MTA vouchers; they are delivered in an internet-based testing platform, and the institution’s educators serve as proctors.
The next step in the Microsoft certification path is Microsoft Technology Specialist (MCTS) which requires hands on experience with the Microsoft technology platform. Microsoft makes its complete developer toolset available for students to download and install at no cost through the DreamSpark Program.
Each MTA Certification exam covers a broad technology area, including:
- Software Development Fundamentals
- Web Development Fundamentals
- Windows Development Fundamentals
- Database Fundamentals
- System Administrator Fundamentals
- Networking Fundamentals
- Security Fundamentals
In order to earn an MTA Certification, candidates only need to pass one exam. The MTA Certification will expire after five years.
- Number of Questions: Approximately 30-50 questions (Since Microsoft does not publish this information, the number of exam questions may change without notice.)
- Types of Questions: multiple choice
- Passing Score: 70
- Time Limit: 50 minutes
- How to register: Search for an institution that can administer the exam by visiting the Certiport site.
This passing score does not mean that you must answer 70 percent of the items correctly in order to pass the exam The actual percentage varies from exam to exam and may be more or less than 70 percent. There is no penalty for guessing. No points are deducted for incorrect answers. If a question specifies that you must choose multiple correct answers, you must choose the exact number of correct answers specified in the question in order to earn a point for that item. Some of the questions on the exam may not count toward the calculation of your score. Microsoft will often throw a question in that is meant to gather data that will help them improve the exam.