Wednesday Jan 30, 2013

New Exam Prep Seminar for Java SE 7 Programmer II (OCP)

We're happy to announce the availability of a brand new Exam Prep Seminar titled "Java SE 7 Programmer II". This new Exam Prep Seminar is available standalone, and will soon be available through a Certification Value Package, which includes (1) the Seminar, and (2) a certification exam voucher.

For those of you preparing for the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer certification, this seminar is a great value and and an excellent way to gain valuable insight from one of Oracle University's top instructors. This Exam Prep Seminar will accelerate your preparation, make your prep time more efficient and give you insight to the breadth and depth of the certification exam.

This type of exam preparation has traditionally only been available at the Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne conferences, but is now available to anyone through this new format. Of course with online video, you can now start, stop, rewind, and review as needed! Also note that because this seminar is in the Oracle Training On Demand format, you can also watch it on your your iPad through Oracle University's new free iPad app.


Monday Jan 28, 2013

NEW EXAM: Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration (1Z0-822)

Oracle Certification announces the release of the new Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration exam. This 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.

Beta testing for the Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration exam (1Z1-822) is now underway and thus is available at the greatly discounted rate of $50 USD. Visit and register for exam 1Z1-822.

The Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration training course is recommended, as it highlights an array of advanced subjects and technologies, such as installing Oracle Solaris 11 using the Automated Installer (AI) and the Image Packaging System (IPS) for package management.

You can get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification website.


Thursday Jan 24, 2013

Is Oracle Changing The Way That Exams Are Scored?

On November 15, 2012, Oracle Certification exam results became available directly from Oracle's certification portal, CertView. This change requires candidates to authenticate their CertView accounts before being able to access their exam results. The Oracle Certification team has developed a series of videos to help candidates through this new process. 

Check back often as we will be highlighting these videos over the coming weeks. You can find all the information you will need on this new process along with relevant questions and answers on our website. As always, you can contact Oracle Certification Support if you need assistance.

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.


Tuesday Jan 08, 2013

Meet The Author: Steve O'Hearn

Author Steve O'Hearn discusses his book, "OCA Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert Exam Guide".

Steve O'Hearn has been an Oracle Certified Application Developer since 1999. He has designed databases for 23 years for clients such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, the FAA, the World Bank, NASA, and others. He has served as a Chief Technology Officer, a consultant, and Instructor, and is the author of several computer books, including the "Oracle OCP Developer PL/SQL Program Units Exam Guide" and "OCA Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert Exam Guide" from Oracle Press.

Thursday Jan 03, 2013

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Certification Support System Outage

The Oracle Certification Support submission form will be unavailable 04-JAN-2013 21:00 PST to 05-JAN-2013 5:00 PST. This is a planned maintenance outage. You will be unable to submit requests to the Oracle Certification Support Team during this time, and response times will be slightly delayed. During this outage, please hold your requests for submission after 05-JAN-2013 5:00 PST and we will respond as quickly as possible after that time.

If your request is a general Oracle Certification question, you can post your question on one of the outlets below for an answer. We will not be able to reply to candidate-specific issues on these forums due to the nature of our privacy policy, so please do not post personal information like you Oracle Testing ID on these public forums. The support team will reply to these issues as soon as possible once the support form is available again. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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