Oracle Certification Survey - Becoming Oracle Certified

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At Oracle University, we're interested to know what kinds of challenges you face as you approach your task of getting certified. We know that getting Oracle certified is not an easy process, and we would like your input on which factors tend to be more or less of an issue to you personally. Our hope is that the results of this survey will help not only further improve the Oracle Certification Program but make it more accessible as well.

If you are certified, in the process of getting certified, or have ever considered certification - please take a moment to respond to our eight-question survey. It should only take you 3-5 minutes to complete.

TAKE THE SURVEY NOW: "BECOMING ORACLE CERTIFIED"
(8 questions)

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Comments:

1z0-146 is very, very hard. There are no approved (e.g. SelfTest) practice exams. I already have my 9i OCP so I'm used to studying hard and succeeding. I studied very hard and got 50% then 60% on my second try. When a test is this difficult and there is a paucity of legitimate study/practice material, as well as no live classes offered, it has two serious effects: 1 It increases the proportion of cheaters among the total passing population, and 2 It leaves legitimate test takers with the choice of studying questionable test prep material or almost nothing at all.

Posted by Michael Milligan on April 21, 2010 at 12:58 AM PDT #

Hi Michael - sorry to hear this has been frustrating. Was the "Oracle Database 11g: Advanced PL/SQL" training a course you took but it didn't help? (I wasn't quite sure from your post)

Posted by Paul Sorensen on April 21, 2010 at 08:31 PM PDT #

Of the three tests for Oracle Certified Developer (Oracle Certified Professional) - Forms, the third test is supposed to be the hardest and there is no commercial study guide available. There are practice tests; but for the first two tests, there were actual study guides (books as well as practice tests) available and for the most difficult test, there is none. That is my biggest issue and the one that has kept me from taking the 1Z0-141 test. don.

Posted by Don Coppock on April 22, 2010 at 12:35 AM PDT #

Hi, Actually, Oracle manuals are the best to prepare for any certification. I faced problems in getting my certificates and logos for OCA, OCP and RAC expert for 10g. Everytime, I had to keep emailing Oracle team to get them. The team helped me promptly but there were at least 3-4 email exchanges.

Posted by Aparna on April 23, 2010 at 05:04 AM PDT #

Commenting over year later, but...

This survey has two questions that split the cost of the certification process into to two choices, and force the survey taker to restrict their answer to only two choices. These are the cost of exams option and the training course attendance requirement/cost requirement. I chose the value/validity of the certification and the cost of the examinations, myself, but I have to say - the cost of the mandatory attendance for high level certifications (and my perception of very low training value to attendance at such courses) certainly bears very heavily on my decision regarding those certifications requiring training attendance. It seems to be an attempt to justify the operation of instructor-led training by forcing participation. Why not just embrace the new world and go with more efficient eLearning solutions that don't require live instructor participation. This would decrease the cost to Oracle of developing and providing such training, making it more profitable for Oracle. At the same time, to require course attendance in order to take a certification exam seems out of line with the spirit of Oracle's foundations...Larry Ellison is a noted autodidact who dropped out of college in order to go make great things happen, like Oracle.

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