Act now to get a free Second Shot

For a limited time, take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam and get a free retake if you don't pass!

How do I get my free retake?

When you schedule and take an MCP exam between 12 July 2015 and 12 January 2016, you are eligible for a free retake if you don't pass on your first attempt. You have 30 days from the date of the failed exam to schedule a retake. To schedule your retake, click the Sign in link in the upper-right corner of this page and sign in with your Microsoft account, select your exam from the exam list and then click Schedule now for free.

What exams are included in this offer?

All of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and Microsoft Specialist certification exams and Microsoft Dynamics exams are eligible for this Second Shot offer. Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams and beta exams do not qualify for this offer.

Frequently asked questions

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Second Shot provides you with a free retake exam if you do not pass an MCP exam scheduled and taken between 12 July 2015 and 12 January 2016.

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This Second Shot offer is available for exams scheduled and taken between 12 July 2015 and 12 January 2016.

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Second Shot applies to the exams in our MCSA, MCSE, MCSD and Microsoft Specialist certifications and to Microsoft Dynamics exams.

Note MTA exams and MOS exams do not qualify for MCP certification and are not eligible for Second Shot. Beta exams can only be taken once, so they do not qualify for the Second Shot offer.

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No, you cannot register for your exam retake until you have taken (and failed) the initial exam.

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No. The free exam is for retake of your initial exam only.

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Second Shot provides you with one free retake for each exam, scheduled and taken between 12 July 2015 and 12 January 2016, that you do not pass on the first attempt. To qualify as free, the retake must be the same exam as the one you didn't pass.

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No. This offer starts on 12 July 2015. You must schedule, take and fail the exam between 12 July 12 2015 and 12 January 2016, to be eligible for this Second Shot offer.

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Yes, this is a worldwide offer.

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If you have followed the instructions on this page and reviewed the terms and conditions and still feel you are eligible but have issues registering for a free retake, please contact your Microsoft Regional Service Centre for assistance.

Additional terms and conditions

  • The Second Shot offer is a six-month promotional offer available for MCP exams that are scheduled, taken and failed between 12 July 2015 and 12 January 2016.

  • Beta exams can only be taken once, so they do not qualify for the Second Shot offer.

  • You must schedule your free retake exam within 30 days of failing your MCP exam, and availability is limited to capacity at Pearson VUE Testing Centres.

  • To ensure that Second Shot applies to the exam you are taking, click the Sign in link in the upper-right corner of this page and sign in with your Microsoft account before you select the exam you want to retake.

  • All retake time frames are subject to compliance with the Microsoft Certification exam retake policies.

  • Second Shot expiry dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.

  • The Second Shot offer cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.

  • The Second Shot offer is non-transferable.

  • Second Shot is a free benefit and has no cash value.

  • An individual may reschedule their Second Shot exam appointment as late as (but no later than) 24 hours before their scheduled Second Shot appointment, provided the individual registers for the Second Shot exam within 30 days of the initial exam.

  • Individuals who fail to appear for their scheduled exam appointment forfeit their free Second Shot.

  • Individuals must be signed in with their Microsoft account when they register for their Second Shot exam to get the exam retake for free.

  • To register for your free exam retake, click the Sign in link in the upper-right corner of this page and sign in with your Microsoft account, select the exam you want to take from the exam list and then click Schedule now for free.