I passed this exam back on Feb. 14, 2009. I recently wrote about some of the different promotions and discounts that are available for this exam and for other Microsoft exams. Now is a great time to take some exams, especially with the current economic climate.
My strategy for making progress on Microsoft Certifications is pretty straightforward. Once I think that I am at least minimally qualified, I just schedule the exam about a week out. This forces me to study and get ready, since I have a looming deadline. Otherwise, it is far too easy to get busy with your normal life, and have a long period of time go by without making any progress.