Using Braindumps is Cheating

0477A.gifHi Everyone,

Unfortunately there continues to be some confusion about the use of "brain-dumps," "question dumps," "dumps," etc. as a preparation or study tool. We even have people asking for dumps in our forums, Twitter and Facebook pages. As a reminder, the use of "dumps" (of any kind) is a form of cheating and should not be used as you prepare to take the exam.

Keep in mind that the real value of becoming certified is in the process that you follow to prepare for the test. Taking shortcuts (such as using dumps) may or may not help you on the test, but ultimately the use of these tools will not make you a better technical professional. Additionally - the use of dumps devalues the credential for others who have followed a legitimate study path and have worked, studied and practiced.

A few recommended study tools: Oracle training, practice exams, Oracle Press books, Oracle Technology Network (many white-papers), practicing with actual product downloaded from Oracle (where available), Oracle Knowledge Center.



Are there any practice exams for Oracle Weblogic 11g ?


Posted by archana on May 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM PDT #

There are not any valid practices exams for this exam. Anything that you find online is likely a brain dump. I suggest staying away from those.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on May 30, 2012 at 02:21 PM PDT #

Its good to read this but the question is why does this happen?
I mean why does this dumps exist?
Can't there be any other ways by which this dumps are banned or is it not possible for ORACLE to generate about thousands of questions from which the exams are taken so that students do not go for dumps? I mean something which can discourge students to go for dumps.
I propose two things:
1) ORACLE should reduce the fees for the exams.
2) ORACLE should prepare thousands of questions from which students are asked randomly. So it would dis-courage students to go for dumps.

Posted by Maunish on December 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM PST #

Unfortunately, posts like this are necessary. Every certification program fights this same battle with dishonest people who steal exam questions and dishonest people who buy exam questions.

Also unfortunately, your suggestions are mutually exclusive. It is impossible to create thousands of exam questions without them taking years to get through beta and significantly raise the cost of exams. It is a very very rigorous process to write and test high-quality test questions.

Thank you for your suggestions.
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on January 03, 2013 at 01:42 PM PST #

I agree with the idea that dumps are a form of cheating.

However I would like to suggest that Oracle makes some practice exams available. The point I faced in a couple (actually all) Oracle exams is the fact that you have no clue how the exam will look like. How are questions asked? What level of questions could you expect? I could imagine that the moment a Oracle-version of a test exam would be made available the preparation of interested candidates will benefit.

You will still need to learn and have experience in the topic (in my view experience is more important than learning), but the gap between a formal training, hands-on experience and the theory of an exam are to broad and in the beginning unknown to the the person taking the exam.

Posted by Andreas Chatziantoniou on January 13, 2013 at 04:47 AM PST #

There are practice exams available for some of our exams through a 3rd party vendor, Kaplan, We also have some new exam preparation seminars available for some of our exams Unfortunately some exams just don't have the volumes to support Kaplan building practice tests for them. It would be nice if we could have practice tests for all exams but, at this time, that's just not feasible.

However, thank you for taking the time to make the suggestion.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on January 15, 2013 at 01:12 PM PST #

i am a software test engineer, i would like to know first basic difference between oracle DBA and oracle certified professional.
what would be the best for a software test engineer
i would appreciate your suggestion.

thanks and regards
Software test enginner

Posted by kuntal on January 24, 2013 at 01:59 AM PST #

Oracle DBA is an Oracle Database Administrator. There are 3 levels of DBA: Associate (OCA), Professional (OCP), and Master (OCM).

You should reach out to the users of the Oracle Certification Forum for discussion on the right certification for you to pursue.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on January 25, 2013 at 01:38 PM PST #

I passed my EBS exams using Oracle User Guides, i think thats the best way to clear the exams.

Posted by Prashant Kumar Rai on February 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM PST #

myself Jeena, I cleared 1z0-051 and 1z0-052 exam recently. Now I am looking for 1z0-053. I am planning to buy the 'Practice Test' for 30 days access. I need to know I can pass the exam with this practice test materials or should I need to prepare with something else.
please advise in this.

Thanks and Regards,

Posted by Jeena on March 05, 2013 at 01:27 AM PST #

Hi Jeena,
The practice test is a good supplement to your study materials, but the role of the practice test is to highlight areas where you need more preparation. It can also help you become comfortable with the testing environment.

In order to obtain the 11g DBA OCP certification, you will also need to complete a training course. My suggestion would be that you purchase the recommended course for the 053 exam and use that material to prepare. You can also check our Certification Forum for books that other candidates have used to prepare.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on March 05, 2013 at 07:36 AM PST #


English is not my native language, so I went to wikipedia to be sure I would understand what you mean by braindumps.

Quote from :
"In certification exams
The phrase "brain dump" refers to confidential information relating to examinations which is obtained by examinees who memorize, then "dump" (record) the information after the examination. Brain dumps are also referenced to collections of exam items that have been stolen from high-stakes certification exams.[3] Brain dumps are most commonly found amongst IT certification exams mainly because the exams are expensive and difficult to pass, and the questions rarely change. These type of brain dumps are actual exam questions and answers that users will memorize prior to taking (or sitting for) an exam…
Brain dumps of this sort often constitute cheating because the information acquired was generally taken from material that was meant to remain secure, or information copyrighted or registered as trade secrets."

Could you please clarify which are legal study materials and what are not? I have seen study materials on internet sites, like Oracle Magazine,with questions and answers. I also see sites selling study materials. There is one called ""! How can we tell if one is legal or not?

Thank you,


Posted by guest on March 06, 2013 at 01:32 PM PST #

Hi Francisco,
This is a good question. Oracle's authorized practice test seller is Kaplan Selftest ( However, there are other legitimate practice test sellers out there. A good place to check is on CertGuard's braindump identification site at

One thing to remember is that the practice test is not necessarily for preparation. It is a terrific resource to help you become familiar with the types of questions that will be on the test, and to make you comfortable in the exam environment, but it should be used for for identifying gaps in your knowledge that for giving you areas of study.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on March 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM PDT #

On a personal level think Brain dumps are a good thing. What should be is you have to sit the training course! If you can't pass the exam when doing a £2000 training course and then there is something seriously wrong with the training.
I'm fed up with doing constant IT training courses and finding when sitting the exam, 80% of the question asked wasn't even touch on in the course.
For the avaerage IT person that spends most of the working week supporting and doing project work which extends pass working hours and family life to juggle where the hell do you think someone is going to be able to sit down with the books for the next level up and go through and learn for that extra 80% of question???
The system has totally gone out of the window.

Posted by Are you sure it right on March 20, 2013 at 03:04 PM PDT #

It is concerning to hear that a candidate thinks cheating on an exam is a good alternative to in depth preparation.

I can understand that the cost of Oracle's courses is not insignificant, and it would be frustrating to get to an exam and feel like the course did not prepare you for it. However, in most cases, the recommended course does cover most of the topics on the exam. If you are completing a course in the approved courses list. This is the list of courses that will fulfill the training requirement. While these area all relevant to the certification, they may not cover the exam topics like the recommended course will. The recommended course is the course that is listed on the exam page as the course to help you prepare for your exam.

That said, our certification exams are not designed simply for rote memorization. If you complete a course and expect to walk out of the classroom and ace the exam, you will likely be disappointed. We have the expectation that candidates will come to the exam with the ability to apply the knowledge, skills and principles taught in the classroom.

We are sorry that you were disappointed with your training class. You could contact Oracle University through the 100% Student Satisfaction program.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on March 21, 2013 at 01:27 PM PDT #

I m preparing for Iz051 exam could pls suggest some books

Posted by guest on May 09, 2013 at 11:08 AM PDT #

Go to our Certification Forum and search on books for this exam. There has been lots of good information posted about this.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on May 09, 2013 at 02:50 PM PDT #

I would like to add something.

Average salary of a South African Person is $257.36 per month.
Only 10% of the country earns more then $1194.91 per month.

With the cost of studies and living. Loans need to be taken with interest rate as high as 31%.

It is almost unthinkable to loan money for studies, and failing. We are forced to utilize every possibility to pass. We just can't afford not to. Failing literally takes away food money. It sounds dramatic but true.

Kind Regards

Posted by guest on January 17, 2014 at 03:39 AM PST #

While I can sympathize with this scenario, can you look at it from another perspective?

While you may study hard and use the dumps only as reinforcement, what about all the candidates who ONLY use dumps to prepare for the exams and come out with a certification, but have no idea how to actually perform successfully in the relevant job role.

They are representing the same credential that you hold. These people devalue everyone's certification. Do you want to invest that much into your credential, only to have it immediately devalued by cheaters?

Thank you for posing your point of view. It makes an interesting conversation.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on January 21, 2014 at 02:31 PM PST #

I do not find any practise test for 1z0-144 exam on oracle site.

Can you please help with this.

Posted by guest on November 21, 2014 at 03:36 AM PST #

There is not a practice test available for exam 144. You will need to prepare using books, Oracle training and Oracle Documentation.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on November 21, 2014 at 02:02 PM PST #

As now Oracle has its own cloud infrastructure. Can oracle make it cheaper for people who want to study and certify in Oracle technologies to practice on Oracle Cloud. Oracle training is costly, can oracle make it affordable using cloud.Hoping for a response from Larry.

Posted by Amol on December 14, 2014 at 10:46 PM PST #

It is doubtful that you will get a response from Larry posting in this blog. Your questions really belong more in the Oracle University area. This is more specific to certifications/exams rather than training.

That said, our certification exams are comfortably in line with industry standards.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on December 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM PST #

I just completed the DBA training,and I Must confess I found it very interesting..Loooking forward to a very sucessful career..prolly an OCM. In the nearest future

Posted by Dee on January 31, 2015 at 07:56 PM PST #

Good luck with your future certification plans, Dee!

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on February 03, 2015 at 11:22 AM PST #

I did my Oracle Certifications between 2007 and 2008 on 10g through prometric
Now I want to link my details with pearsonvue can you please help me with the procedure. I cant even remember my credentials on prometric but i still have my Testing ID created by Prometric for me then because i wish to do the upgrade to newer version.

Posted by delove on October 16, 2015 at 04:58 AM PDT #

You need to go to and create a new account. You'll enter your Prometric ID in the account creation process. If Pearson VUE emails you with a new ID, you should contact them and have the IDs merged -

After you get your account at Pearson sorted out, you'll need to authenticate your account at I recommend taking care of this well before you take any exam so that you do not experience a delay in receiving your exam results through CertView.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on October 19, 2015 at 02:25 PM PDT #

Please give a legitimate reason for employing the verb cheating instead of studying in the following scenario :

A candidate studies hard for an examination, reads books, attends courses, and codes whenever possible, and yet uses the dumps after all this for ensuring that (s)he becomes familiar with the question types and for self evaluation in the interest of identifying which subject areas need revision.

Do you think this candidate has 'cheated'? If so, then please identify where has this candidate acted dishonestly and deceitfully? Who has (s)he cheated? What fraud has been committed by this candidate who worked hard all along and wasn't even aware that one day (s)he would read on Oracle's website that using dumps is tantamount to cheating?

Posted by Certified OCP on October 25, 2015 at 01:25 AM PDT #

Brain dumps are typically created when test-takers come out of the exam and immediately write down everything they remember from the exam and pass that information on to other test takers. Sometimes companies will pay for their employees to take the tests and gather information in this manner and then sell these documents as 'practice tests.'

This practice is a direct violation of the Oracle Certification Candidate Agreement that each test take signs before taking the test. This is stealing information.

Even if a candidate has letitimately prepared for an exam, once he accesses these brain dumps, he has cheated. He has knowingly accessed illegally obtained materials.

Using brain dumps is cheating - plain and simple. There is ample information on the web that using dumps is cheating.

There are legitimate practice tests that will familiarize you with question types without providing access to stolen exam questions. You can purchase practice tests at

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on October 30, 2015 at 02:02 PM PDT #

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