I've just finished another Microsoft exam (for the nth time). This was the 70-483 C# exam. We do these to maintain our Microsoft partner status but that's another story.
The exam was proctored so I did it at work. The proctor, a man called "Luv T" from places unknown, helped me set up for the exam via a video call. He was very pleasant and asked me a number of questions about my surroundings. He then asked me to video my location (the conference room) using my web camera. This turned into a real-life Wheres Wally (Waldo) search. Some of his questions were:
- "Hold the camera and turn slowly so I see the whole room". Never mind that this wrapped me up in the camera cable, and required an unwind to return to be normal again.
- "Show me the top corners of the room". Fortunately, we had not suspended an MVP in each corner!
- "Show me the ceiling". No application developer peering through a dislodged ceiling panel!
- "Show me behind your computer". No hidden team lead was found there!
- "Show me under your desk". No software architect down there!
- "Show me your feet". I should have shined my shoes this morning!
- "Turn off your second monitor". Actually, I needed to pull the video connector before his software detected only one screen.
- "Unplug the projector". Why did I do this in the conference room!
- "Show me your cell phone". A rather personal question I thought.
All in all, the setup exercise was very entertaining and made better by the pre-exam adrenaline hit. Of course, the proctor is eagerly waiting for the moment you start the exam and read the first question. At that precise moment, he must enjoy the stunned look on your face when you realize you are probably going to fail this test! After two hours of face watching, he gets a second moment when the exam result is displayed. I wonder if he enjoys the look of success or failure more? I gave him a smiling face with a double thumbs up - until we meet again in another couple of years....