This is one of those "gray areas" where my only honest answer is "I don't know." I implore you to e-mail or call the MCP organization, and try to ferret out somebody with the authority to answer your question. This means e-mailing MCPHelp@microsoft.com or calling (800) 636-7544.
If worst comes to worst, send a registered letter or FedEx to their address at:
Microsoft Training and Certification Programs
PO Box 911
Santa Clarita, CA, 91380-9011
Be sure to include your MCP ID on any and all correspondence with them. I've found this a reliable way to get answers to tough questions like yours, but they will ignore all correspondence that does not include a valid MCP ID.
This was first published in February 2002