Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Have You Considered Oracle Certification For Your Holiday Gift List?

Achieving an Oracle Certification is an investment in yourself and in your future. Candidates who are serious about using the path to certification to deepen their knowledge and improve their skills, will benefit from an Oracle Certification through validated technical skills, expanded job opportunities, better salary and personal growth and satisfaction. However, we understand that the price tag on some of the core certifications can be challenging for individuals who are not backed by an employer. 

Maybe crowdfunding could be your answer. With the holidays nearing, ditch the socks and t-shirts and ask for something that will keep giving for years to come. Although not officially endorsed by Oracle, sites like Indiegogo and Razoo make it easy to set a goal and request support and participation. Your friends and family will be happy to have an answer to the question of what to get you. Contributing to your certification goal is a sound investment in your future and will give them the satisfaction of a gift well chosen. 

If you choose to go this route, there are a myriad of crowdfunding site options available.  Please do your research before you sign up on one of these sites. The sites mentioned above are only sites familiar to the author and are not endorsed by Oracle in any way.

Wednesday Nov 27, 2013

Start on Your Oracle Certified Associate Database 12c Administrator Today

Did you know that your Oracle exams do not have to be taken in any particular order? This is good news for you if you are planning on pursuing the Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Associate certification. You can take the exam Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration (1Z1-062) while it is still in beta testing an start your path to certification at the greatly discounted cost of $50USD.

You can take the Oracle Database 12c: SQL Fundamentals (1Z0-061) later, if you like. So, if you have not yet signed up for the beta exam because you thought that 1Z0-061 was a pre-requisite to 1Z0-062, do it now! Go to pearsonvue.com/oracle and register for exam 1Z1-062. You can get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification Website.

Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Earning the Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Associate credential gives you the foundational knowledge and skills needed to administer the Oracle Database and sets the stage for your future progression to Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional. 

With Oracle Database 12c, candidates will experience the benefits of an Oracle Database that is re-engineered for Cloud computing. Multitenant architecture brings enterprises unprecedented hardware and software efficiencies, performance and manageability benefits, and fast and efficient Cloud provisioning. Oracle Database 12c certifications emphasize the full set of skills that DBAs need in today's competitive marketplace.


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: http://bit.ly/15fer1X (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 UnixEd.com, 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: http://unixed.com/blog/2013/05/solaris-certification-study-tips

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.



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