Late last year I conned my company into sending me TDY to an MCSE boot camp. Because Id always wanted to visit there, and because they had flexible scheduling (meaning you could select a course whose length you thought befit your skill level), I chose one in India. So I thought Id report the highlights of my experience for the benefit of anyone who ever has wondered about the boot camp solution. In a nutshell, the course itself didnt have much going for it outside of its use of brain dumps from ActualTests.com. They were exceptionally accurate and complete. I passed all seven exams on the first testing and with room to spare, with the exception of 70-291 (Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure), which I only passed by the skin of my teeth. I dont recall passing any of the exams en route to my first two certs on the first try but, in India, I was seven for seven. I give 70% of the credit for my success to the Actual Tests test preps and 10% to the course of training. Understanding Microsloth tests and guessing well accounted for the remaining 20%. Just to illustrate how good the Actual Tests brain dumps were, I prepared for one exam by reading only the correct answers in their test prep. Not the questions and not the wrong answers, just the correct answers. Microsloth never reuses a correct answer so, provided the test prep was sufficiently accurate and thorough, I thought this was a safe strategy. That particular exam consisted of 39 questions and on my first pass through them I read only the answers and selected any answer that looked familiar. I picked 31 answers with a high degree of certainty without ever reading the first question. Then I read and answered the remaining eight questions, but those were just insurance. I was done in 20 minutes. In preparation for my previous certification testing, Id scrounged the odd sample question from all the Internet sample tests/brain dumps and compiled my own study guide, but no more. That proved to be a marginally effective approach at best. I now know that the store bought variety is well worth the investment. The instructors at places like this are paid much less than real administrators so theyre not likely to recruit anyone with real-world experience. In fact, I was my instructors final student because hed been hired by Microsloth to work as Level III support at their Bangalore call center for a four-fold increase in pay. He was one happy camper, let me tell you. So next time Ill just buy the brain dump from ActualTests.com to begin with and skip the boot camp. And I made certain I hadnt left anything behind when I got on my flight out of India.