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MTA Overview
What is Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)?
MTA is a new, entry-level certification that validates the fundamental technology knowledge that students
need to start building a career in Microsoft technologies.
12 initial titles on Developer, IT Pro, and Database high-demand topics.
9 initial languages: English, Spanish, S. Chinese, T. Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, Russian, Br.
What can MTA do for me?
You can offer students a solid career foundation that enables career exploration.
You get an education solution including learning and an industry-recognized credentials.
MTA lowers the barriers to entry to the Microsoft Certification Program by providing a stepping stone to
our professional certification.
Who needs MTA?
MTA is exclusively for academic customers: technology-focused high schools and higher education
institutions. It’s driven by Certiport partners and Microsoft’s Public Sector, Education and Evangelism
teams in the field.
How can I get MTA?
Get it through Certiport. It’s an internet-based platform that gives you unprecedented testing flexibility.
There are testing centers with educators empowered as proctors. You receive an MTA Exam Review Kit
to facilitate curriculum adoption.
Microsoft Certification Program
Information Worker
IT Pro and Developer
Productivity Certifications
Technology Certifications
Master Series
Advanced Series
Overall comprehension and deep
expertise of Microsoft Office. Requires
Word Expert, Excel Expert, PowerPoint,
and Outlook or Access exams.
IT architects who have completed a
rigorous industry-driven peer
validation process.
Expert Series
Advanced skills in specific Microsoft
Office applications. Requires passing
either Word Expert or Excel Expert.
Specialist Series
Validates core skills with the
Microsoft Office suite.
Includes exams in Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Access, Outlook,
Project, and SharePoint.
IT experts with demonstrated
mastery of a product through
hands-on lab-based testing.
Professional Series
Comprehensive set of
skills required to be
successful on the job.
Technology Series
In-depth skills working
with Microsoft
Associate Series
Fundamental knowledge for
students to start building a
successful career in technology.
Path from MTA to MCTS to IT Jobs
• One MTA exam = One MTA certification
• MTA exams are not pre-requisite to each other or to MCTS exams
MTA Certification Paths – IT Pro and Database
MTA Certification Paths – Developer
What Does MTA Test?
Software Developer
98-361: Software Developer
98-362: Windows Developer
Understanding core programming
Understanding object-oriented programming
Understanding general software development
Understanding web applications
Understanding desktop applications
Understanding databases
Understanding Windows programming basics
Creating Windows Forms applications
Creating WPF applications
Creating Windows Services applications
Accessing data in a Windows Forms application
Deploying Windows application
98-363: Web Developer Fundamentals
98-372: Microsoft.NET Fundamentals
Programming web applications
Working with data and services
Troubleshooting and debugging web
Working with client-side scripting
Configuring and deploying web applications
 Understanding .NET Framework concepts
 Understanding Namespaces and Classes in
the .NET Framework
 Understanding .NET Code compilation
 Understanding I/O Classes in the .NET
Exams are defined based on career tracks with high demand in the industry. Specific topics are
designed by MSL experts and vetted with college instructors.
What Does MTA Test?
Software Developer
98-375: HTML5 Application
Development Fundamentals
98-374: Gaming Developer
Understanding Platform fundamentals
Managing the state of an application
Understanding how to publish an application
Building the UI using HTML5
Understanding core CSS concepts
Understanding JavaScript for basic programing
Understanding game design
Designing the UI
Understanding components
Working with XNA
Understanding game platforms
Rendering engines
Transforming objects
98-373: Mobile Development
Understanding mobile device tools
Understanding design for mobile devices
Understanding basic Silverlight
Understanding mobile device APIs
Understanding mobile device controls
Building a UI
Exams are defined based on career tracks with high demand in the industry. Specific topics are
designed by MSL experts and vetted with college instructors.
What Does MTA Test?
IT Pro Titles
98-365: Windows Server Admin.
Understanding server installation
Understanding server roles
Understanding Active Directory
Understanding storage
Understanding server performance management
Understanding server maintenance
98-349: Windows Operating System
 Understanding Operating System
 Installing and Upgrading Client Systems
 Managing Applications
 Managing Files and Folders
 Managing Devices
 Understanding Operating System Maintenance
98-366: Networking Fundamentals
 Understanding network infrastructures
o Internet, intranet, extranet, LAN, WAN,
wireless, topologies, access methods
 Understanding network hardware
o Switches, routers, media types
 Understanding protocols and services
o OSI model, IPv4, IPv6, names resolution,
networking services, TCP/IP
98-367: Security Fundamentals
Understanding security layers
Understanding operating system security
Understanding network security
Understanding security software
Exams are defined based on career tracks
with high demand in the industry. Specific
topics are designed by MSL experts and
vetted with college instructors.
What does MTA Test?
Database Titles
98-364: Database Admin. Fundamentals
Understanding core database concepts
Creating database objects
Manipulating data
Understanding data storage
Administering a database
Exams are defined based on career tracks with high demand in the industry. Specific topics are
designed by MSL experts and vetted with college instructors.
MTA Campus License
You can offer up to 500 MTA exams per calendar year with just one license.
All you need is a computer with internet access, and you can administer the
exam at any time! Plus, your students have unlimited access to MTA Exam
Review Kits.
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Get Started!
Register as a Proctor with Certiport. Instructions are available at
Create a proctor pool. When you build a strong community of certification
exam proctors at your school, you help to ensure the success of your
certification offering.
Take the MTA exam yourself. Have a Certiport peer proctor administer the
test. This will familiarize you with the student experience and exam content.
Map the MTA exam objective domains to the content you are currently
Use your Certification Exam Review Kits to prepare students for any exam
content not covered by your existing curriculum.
Get Your Students Started!
Send students to http://www.microsoft.com/click/areyoucertifiable/ to
practice their knowledge and challenge their peers to a game of AYC! MTA
game questions are based on MTA exam objectives.
Have your students register at http://dreamspark.com to download full
versions of Microsoft software and to find more student resources from
Have students register for the exam a few days prior to administering it.
This will ensure that all students are ready to take the exam in a single
class period. (Exam time is 50 minutes.)
MTA Student Study Guides:
IT Pro Edition / Developer and Database Edition
Available in print-ready
or study-ready format
Download free of charge at: www.certiport.com/mrl
MTA Exam Review Kits
As an MTA customer, you can download review kits for free. Developed by MS Learning,
MTA Exam Review Kits are collections of 20 review lessons, 50 minutes each, covering
the topics of each individual MTA exam.
Course syllabus
Learning objectives
Unit scope and sequence
Pacing chart
A mapping of the unit learning activities to the MTA exam objectives
Instructor materials
• Lesson plans for each day of instruction
• Presentation slides for each day of instruction
• Annotated speaker notes for each slide
Content delivery resources
• Occasional class demonstrations
• Occasional interactive whole-class sessions
• Guides for occasional discussions to foster dialogue about key topics
Student learning materials
Instructor presentation slides
In-class exercises (including the code for those exercises)
Practical out-of-class work
Labs as appropriate
Student assessment materials
•End-of-lesson/sub-unit questions and answers
Microsoft Official Academic Courseware available from Wiley Publishing
5 Scenarios you might encounter
Perfect Fit – course maps exactly to the OD (overall
exam Objective Domain)
Alignment – course is incomplete for some
elements of some ODs
– course completely misses some ODs
Alignment – course does not match OD, but
instructor provides MTA Certification opportunity
Study – Instructor offers MTA as
independent study or to a small group
Scenario 1: Perfect Fit
Course maps to the complete set of ODs
Use the ERK as a review tool
 Use all of the lessons as classroom activities
 Use those lessons in which students need the most review
 Assign lessons as out-of-class activities
 Mix and match to fit the needs of individual students
 Use as an individual study guide
Scenario 2: Rough Alignment
Course is incomplete for some ODs
Use the ERK as a basis for new learning
 Select portions of the lessons to introduce new concepts
 Use the structure of the lesson to build a more complete and
robust lesson
 Refer to the “Microsoft resources and Web links” as tools
 Use the sections that match as a review tool
Scenario 3: Incomplete
Course completely misses a few ODs
Use ERK as a starting point to create new units
 Expand the activities to more completely introduce and teach
the new concepts
 The “Microsoft resources and Web links” section provides
sources for content
 Use the review lesson as a culminating review activity
 Use the sections that match as a review tool
Scenario 4: No Alignment
Instructor wants to provide MTA course
Use as a starting point to create a new course
 Develop new course that matches the OD
 Combine the OD and the content in the review lessons to build
or select courseware
 Use the review lesson as a culminating review activity to
measure the effectiveness of the new course
Scenario 5: Independent Study
MTA as independent study or to a small group
Provide the ERK to students as study guides
 Enable motivated students in a class to prepare for the exam
independently or in a study group
 Provide ERKs to guide their learning and/or review
 Schedules a convenient time to administer the exam on the
school campus and provide proctoring
MTA Courseware and Additional Resources
Vendor Courseware
• Wiley, CCI
MeasureUp Practice Tests
MTA Student Study Guides
• Available free at www.certiport.com/mta
AreYouCertifiable (AYC) Practice Game (no-charge online game)
• http://www.microsoft.com/click/areyoucertifiable
•Prep Guides and Learning Plans
•See marketing materials, become a test center, purchase a license
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