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Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA)

The Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) credential is appropriate for individuals who derive physical database designs, develop logical data models, create physical databases, create data services by using Transact-SQL, manage and maintain databases, configure and manage security, monitor and optimize databases, and install and configure Microsoft SQL Server. This credential validates a unique set of skills that are required to succeed in a variety of job roles, such as database administrator, database analyst, and database developer. Candidates should have at least one year of experience working with Microsoft SQL Server.
Certification Summary
Examination Papers & Topics
For individuals who administer, develop, or analyze Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 databases, we offer Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification paths that reflect current job roles.
Additionally, a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification is available for senior-level IT professionals who seek in-depth and comprehensive training on implementing database solutions by using Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
Examination Style
Microsoft generally does not identify the format of any given exam at the time of registration because candidates are expected to understand the exam content, regardless of how it is presented. This practice helps protect exam security and the value of Microsoft Certification.
Microsoft Certification exams are presented in a wide variety of question and answer formats to evaluate the candidate's knowledge and skills accurately. Such formats may include:
  • Multiple-choice, single-answer questions
  • Multiple-choice, multiple-answer questions
  • Hot area questions
  • Active screen questions
  • Drag and drop questions
  • Build list and reorder questions
  • Create a tree questions
  • Case studies
Some skills are assessed through hands-on, lab-based testing.
Examination Passing Score
All Microsoft exams are scaled such that the passing score is 700. The actual cut score (the number of items you need to answer correctly) is determined by a group of subject-matter experts. A common misperception is that you must answer 70 percent of the items correctly in order to pass the exam; however, the actual percentage varies from exam to exam and may be more or less than 70 percent, depending on the input provided by the subject-matter experts who helped us set the cut score.
Examination & Results Dates
MCSE Exam is provided around the year and results report is generated immediately after completing the exam through Prometric's software. 
Examination Mode Computer-based
Areas of Specialization
  • Information Technology
Professional Body Microsoft
Location of Incorporation United States