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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Comments:

Very needful information, Harold - thank you for pointing to this series of postings!

Kind regards
Uwe

Posted by Uwe Hesse on January 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM PST #

Have you folks ever made the results of any certification exam available to the target student for verification by a third party?
Or is it an inside job?...

Posted by Noons on January 10, 2013 at 07:52 PM PST #

We have subject matter experts internally for this. We do not make exam questions available to candidates (or anyone else). This helps to protect the integrity of the exams.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on January 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM PST #

You do not make exam questions available to candidates?
Then how can they answer them?
Do you know how ridiculous that sounds?
And why aren't the results verifiable by third parties, regardless of your "subject matter experts"? Did you know Oracle's certification is the ONLY company certification where that is not possible?1
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Oh, never mind:I don't want to be guilty of exploding your brains...

Posted by Noons on January 12, 2013 at 05:00 AM PST #

I don't understand why does people have to cheat, especially when it comes to a relationship, cheating on your partner is a big mistake.

Posted by guest on February 19, 2013 at 07:05 AM PST #

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