Thursday Aug 08, 2013

Behind The Scenes - Kaplan's Oracle Certification Practice Exams

We recently had a conversation with Kaplan's Aima Rotella on developing Oracle Certification Practice exams. We wanted to share how their practice tests are developed and how do they keep up with Oracle's rapidly growing program and the expanding needs of a diverse candidate base. We are excited to share this interview with you and give you an inside look at a trusted provider.

Alternate link: (MP3, 17MB)


  1. How is Kaplan's role different now as an Oracle Authorized Practice Test Provider?
  2. How does Kaplan differentiate themselves from other practice test providers? 
  3. How does Kaplan determine which practice test will be built?
  4. What process does Kaplan follow to develop new practice tests?
  5. How has Kaplan changed its offerings to reflect changes in Oracle Certification?
  6. How has Kaplan kept up with testing trends in general?
  7. How can students best use Kaplan practice tests to help prepare for their Oracle Certification exams?
  8. What is the candidate experience when taking a practice test on the Kaplan platform?
  9. Are the practice test questions the same that candidates will see on the final exams?
  10. With new Oracle testing formats (i.e. Java Master Assignments, Essays), how does Kaplan evolve to continue meeting candidate needs?
  11. How to get more information about Kaplan's Oracle Certification practice tests.


Tuesday May 28, 2013

Oracle Solaris 11 Certification Study Tips

Today on, author and educator Bill Calkins posts some tips for taking Oracle Solaris 11 certification exams. In this helpful article, he outlines key things to focus on for the most effective use of your study time, including type of exam questions, recommended practice exercises, how to approach and interpret scenarios, as well as recommended reading/study material within his new book, "Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration" which comes out in Jun 2013.

The beta period will soon be closing for the Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration Exam (1Z1-822). This is your last opportunity to take the certification exam at the greatly discounted rate of $50 USD, as well as be one of the first to hold this new certification.

The exam, combined with the Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator certification and a training requirement, leads to the Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator (OCP) certification. This certification is designed for Oracle Solaris System Administrators who have a strong foundation in the Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System and a fundamental understanding of the UNIX operating system, commands and utilities. This certification covers topics on core elements such as: configuring network interfaces, managing swap configurations, crash dumps, and core files.

Read Bill's great writeup here:

Tuesday Apr 02, 2013

Don't Miss This! Top 5 Preparation Tips for Your Database Certification Exam, with Joel Goodman

Oracle University is offering a free webinar with Joel Goodman, Oracle Certified Master and Oracle University trainer. This mini live virtual class (LVC) will offer guidance on preparing for your next Oracle Database Certification exam. It will also provide tips on how to identify knowledge gaps and best practices for studying in the weeks and months leading up to your exam.

If you are planning to take an Oracle Database Certification exam, you won't want to miss this webinar. Registration is limited to the first 200 who enroll, so register now!

Tuesday Jan 15, 2013

Be Sure You're Purchasing A Valid Oracle Certification Voucher

Did you know that purchasing vouchers from a non-authorized outlet is fraud? We recently revoked several exam scores as we tracked down counterfeit vouchers that had been used to purchase exams.

Use caution - you may not even be a willing or knowing party to the fraud. Test takers are often surprised to discover that their vouchers are not valid.

Thursday Jan 10, 2013

Certification Integrity and Cheating

The Oracle Certification program is something that we are proud of. We invest many many hours and numerous resources carefully crafting the focus and contents of our exams to be sure that they accurately and fairly measure the skills needed to master our technologies. We also invest in securing the exams to help ensure that scores closely reflect abilities. That is why when we learn of any persons or groups attempting fraud against the community and our program, we take it seriously.

We continue in our efforts to pursue and prosecute security incidents such as cheating or attempting to cheat at our testing centers, providing test questions to other users, proxy testing, using cheating materials to prepare for the exam, and fabricating score reports. Oracle takes various actions against cheaters including nullifying exam results, de-certifying candidates, and banning candidates from further Oracle testing.

We have previously posted a series where we discuss some information about cheating, who it hurts, and who it really benefits, and so you'll see links to the series below.

If you become aware of a cheating incident, please let us know. Because of security measures, we obviously cannot disclose our resulting actions; but rest assured - we do investigate these claims and respond accordingly. We are committed to preserving the integrity of your certifications and our program, and we genuinely appreciate your involvement.


Monday Nov 05, 2012

The Real Value Of Certification

I read a quote recently by Rich Hein of "Certifications are, like most things in life: The more you put into them, the more you will get out." This is what we tell candidates all the time. The real value in obtaining a certification is the time spent preparing for the exam. All the hours spent reading books, practicing in hands-on environments, asking questions and searching for answers is valuable. It's valuable preparation for the exam, but it's also valuable preparation for your future job role and for your career. If your goal is just to pass an exam, you've missed a very important part of the value of certification.

We receive so many questions through different forms of social media on whether or not certification will help candidates get jobs or get better jobs. Surveys conducted by us and by independent entities all point to the job and salary benefits of certification. However, a key part of that equation is whether a candidate can actually perform successfully in a job role. If preparation time was used to practice and learn and master new skills rather than to memorize a brain dump, the candidate will probably perform successfully in their job role, and job opportunities and higher salary will likely follow. Candidates who do not show that initiative, will not likely reap the full benefits of certification.

Keep this in mind as you approach your next certification exam. You are preparing for a career, not an exam. This may help you to be more appreciative of the long hours spent studying!

Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

Register Your Interest In Taking The Oracle Database 10g Certified Master Exam

Due to the increasing demand for the Oracle Database 11g Certified Master exams, the 10g version of the exam is being scheduled less frequently worldwide, to reserve space for delivery of the Oracle Database 11g Certified Master Exams.

Since we have received several recent requests about the Oracle Database 10g Certified Master Exam, we would like to remind you that if you would like to take this exam, please be sure to register your interest so that Oracle University can gauge interest in this exam in each region. Otherwise, we recommend preparing for the Oracle Database 11g Certified Master Exam.

We recognize the effort it takes to reach this level of certification and applaud your commitment!  Register your interest  with Oracle University today so that you can get closer to completing your certification path. 

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