New 14-day Re-Take Policy on Sun-Branded Certifications

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Now that the dust has settled a little around the re-branding of Sun Certifications to Oracle branding, some lingering questions are rising to the top. Over the next couple of weeks, we will try to clear up any of this confusion here in the blog. Be sure that you are receiving blog update notifications so that you can receive all the latest information from the Oracle Certification Program.

There has been some confusion around the retake policy for Oracle-branded Sun exams offered at Prometric. With the transition from Sun to Oracle, all Oracle-branded Sun exams now follow Oracle's retake policy which requires a 14-day wait before retaking a failed exam.

This retake policy applies to exams delivered at Pearson VUE, Prometric, and Oracle Testing Centers. The only exams not bound by this retake policy are non-proctored exams (1Z0-007, 1Z0-051, 1Z0-200, 1Z0-204, 310-252 and 310-301); non-proctored exams may be retaken at any time. Beta exams may not be taken more than once, and passed exams may not be taken more than once. A benefit of the updated retake policy is that the Sun policy that limited candidates to three attempts per calendar year on a single exam has been rescinded. Thus, candidates are no longer limited to three attempts per calendar year for Java, Oracle Solaris (Cluster), MySQL, NetBeans and OpenOffice.org exams.

Be aware that if you have a voucher that is good for a retake, both your first attempt and your second attempt must be completed by the voucher expiration date. What this means is that if you have a voucher that allows a retake, you should schedule your initial attempt at least 15 days before the voucher expiration to allow for the retake (should that be needed). The retake portion of your voucher will expire on the voucher expiration date. The voucher expiration date that was communicated in your voucher email supercedes the Registration Expiration Date communicated by Prometric in your exam registration confirmation email. Exceptions to the retake policy will not be made, and replacement vouchers will not be provided for candidates who do not allow enough time for the retake waiting period. Please see the full Oracle Certification Retake Policy.

Comments:

Hi Paul, I dont understand "What this means is that if you have a voucher that allows a retake, you should schedule your initial attempt at least 15 days before the voucher expiration to allow for the retake (should that be needed)." policy. Last year, when I checked out my voucher with Sun, this requirement did not exist. So, now, why Oracle impose these restrictions inadvertently, without communicate involved people with sufficient time for adjustments? Nor mail... nor call... Nor... nothing... only this post found by Google?

Posted by Marcelo Mrack on November 23, 2010 at 11:43 AM PST #

Hi Marcelo, Sorry for the confusion on this. I hope that I can clear this up for you. This is not a new restriction, it is merely a suggestion. If you have a voucher that includes a retake, both the voucher and the available retake expire on the same day. This is a policy at Oracle that was carried over from Sun. This has not changed. What this means is that, if you wait until the day before your voucher expires to schedule your first exam attempt, and you happen to fail the exam, you will not be able to use your retake - because you must wait 14 days before retaking a failed exam. By this time, your retake voucher would have expired. For example, if your voucher expires on January 30, the availalbe retake expires on this date also. If you schedule your exam on January 29 and fail, you must wait 14 days to retake the exam. So, you could not retake the exam until February 12. But your retake would expire on January 30, so you would have to pay for the retak on February 12. However, if your voucher expires on January 30, and you take your exam on January 15, if you fail, you will still have time to use your retake voucher before it expires. I hope this makes more sense. Regards, Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on December 16, 2010 at 03:53 AM PST #

This restriction needs to be made more visible. I was not aware of this until I tried to schedule the retake exam, and could not find anything within 2 weeks. I had to call Prometric to find out why. I had already taken a week off work to study hard for the exam after failing it on Monday, and now find I have to wait another 9 days before I can retake the test. If I had known this earlier, I would have scheduled time off work closer to the exam date. Now I have a week of working between the time I could dedicate to study and the exam.

Posted by Mark Traynor on February 03, 2011 at 11:31 PM PST #

I have question about the retake policy, in case I failed in exam this mean I should pay 300$ to retake the exam again.

Posted by guest on June 16, 2012 at 07:27 PM PDT #

Yes, each time you take the exam, it is at full price.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on June 18, 2012 at 01:43 PM PDT #

A question. In re-attempt, will it be the same questions or a different set of questions?

Posted by guest on November 09, 2012 at 03:02 AM PST #

You may encounter some of the same questions, but not all and not in the same order.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on November 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM PST #

Hii... plz let me know if we can directly wirte DBA(11g) exam without qualifying or writting Sql Expert exam.....

Posted by guest on November 20, 2012 at 06:49 AM PST #

You can take the exams in any order. But you will not receive the certification until all exams in your certification path have been completed.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on November 20, 2012 at 01:50 PM PST #

There is no exam that can be retake for free? 1Z0-873 haven't a free retake?

Posted by guest on January 03, 2013 at 10:31 AM PST #

There is no exam that can be retake for free? 1Z0-873 haven't a free retake?

Posted by guest on January 03, 2013 at 10:32 AM PST #

There are no free retakes of exams unless you have purchased a Certification Value Package that contains training, an exam voucher and a voucher for a free retake of the exam.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on January 03, 2013 at 01:59 PM PST #

I want to give Retake exam of 1Z0-047.
What will be the Exam Fees? It is written on the site that The exam Voucher Include one Free retake. Is this True?

Posted by Bhagya on February 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM PST #

Hi Bhagya,
The exam fees for a retake are the same as the normal exam fee. An exam voucher is provided with a free retake, only if you purchased a Certification Value Package - which includes training, practice exam, voucher and free retake. If you purchased an exam voucher on its own, there is no free retake associated.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on February 25, 2013 at 03:00 PM PST #

Thank you for the reply......
So after 14 days, can we apply anytime or is there any time limit?

Posted by Bhagya on February 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM PST #

Hi Bhagya,
Yes, you can retake it at any time after the 14-day waiting period - anytime before the exam retires. There are no current plans to retire this exam, so you should be fine.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on March 04, 2013 at 12:24 PM PST #

Thank you so much........

Posted by guest on March 20, 2013 at 04:16 AM PDT #

I took an Exam 1Z0-147 but i failed is there any negotiation
in price to retake the exam

Posted by VIJAYAPARANI on April 14, 2013 at 09:39 AM PDT #

Hi Vijayaparani,
The cost is the same for the retake. Good luck on your next attempt.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on April 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM PDT #

I took an exam on 4th May 2013, and received my results on 6th. I failed the exam. When can I retake the exam earliest ? 18th, 19th or 20th May ?

Posted by guest on May 09, 2013 at 11:54 PM PDT #

You should be able to schedule again on May 19.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on May 14, 2013 at 08:23 AM PDT #

i took an exam 1Zo-535, which is an application exam but i failed the exam.
So can i retake an exam within 14 days ??
because i can register it successfully on Pearson Vue test account without any error.

Posted by guest on June 17, 2013 at 01:47 AM PDT #

I am not sure if there is a bug in Pearson's system, but you should not be able to register for the exam if you are using the same account for registration. I will check with Pearson on this.

I do not suggest that you take the exam within the 14-day waiting period, even if you can register within that time frame. It is against Oracle's Retake Policy, so you run the risk of having your exam results revoked.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on June 20, 2013 at 08:06 AM PDT #

I took 1Z0-580 and failed on June 28th I then called pearsonvue and verified I could retake on July 12th. I retook the exam and failed with the exact same score and the exact same areas of weakness. Did I not wait long enough to retake?...I focused my efforts on the areas i was weakest in for the retake.. just seems weird. Almost like the retake was voided all together because I didnt wait the 14 day period. BTW I called Oracle support and they said I would have had to wait till Saturday July 14th to retake the exam totally contradicting Pearsonvue.

Posted by guest on July 15, 2013 at 09:04 AM PDT #

It looks like you waited until the 14th day to retake the exam - so you did not violate the retake policy. You could submit a request to Oracle Certification Support http://bit.ly/KMsuH3 to ask for someone to look at your result files to see if you missed the exact same questions - this is unlikely, but it could possibly indicate an issue with the exam. However, it is more likely that the questions in that section were just more tricky for you and having the same score twice was a coincidence. You can put your fears to rest by requesting assistance from Support.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on July 16, 2013 at 01:47 PM PDT #

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