I apologize ahead if this has been asked before, but I couldn't find any before posting this.
I'm interested in pursuing MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Dev certification. There doesn't seem to be announced commencement of exam availabilities anywhere, except "70-762 is scheduled for beta release in Sep 2016, with exam 70-761 following short after". I want to take 761 first and then 762, and the prerequisites for the exams, along with exam numbers, seem to suggest that's the chronological order.
What does "beta" release even mean? Can a student start taking the 70-762 exam Sep 2016 onwards and be fully certified?
I am thinking of taking classes for both exams through MOC-on demand, which each gives me access to materials for 3 months, so would it be better to wait until there's an annoucement of beta/actual exam release date for 70-761? Thank you.