Beta Exams: What, Why and How?

One of the topics that we get a lot of questions about is beta exams. Questions like:

…why is the test so long? (i.e. so many questions)
…why don’t I get the score for my beta right away?
…how does Oracle use the beta exam results?
…why should I take a beta exam?

Many more too. And although we are certainly happy to answer these questions when they come into our customer service inbox ( and online forums, we thought you’d enjoy hearing the answers to these right here in our blog. We’re therefore beginning this new mini-series called “Beta Exams: What, Why and How?”

These posts will be sprinkled amongst our regular posts, so don’t worry – we won’t bore you with a consecutive assault of ‘posts about beta exams’.

Right now, there are still many Oracle exams that you can take in beta, so we encourage you to get out there and take them while they are still available. (Exam prices and availability window listed on each certification exam’s detail page.)

If you have a question about Oracle’s certification beta exams – please let us know here in the comments and we’ll see if we can address them right here. (please note – we will continue to refer specific customer service questions to our email address above)


There are indeed a lot of questions asked by certification candidates regarding beta exam since the concept is relatively new. It's great to have the OCP team answer them and thus build a referenceable FAQ for the future. For those who are ready to take up the beta exam challenge, there's a prize announced on the ebizocp blog - Also there are on-going discussions regarding the difference in exam content of the EBS 11i production exams and EBS R12 beta exam - [a] One World, One Dream, One Exam: [b] What's the Diff: Best of Luck to all Beta exam participants!

Posted by OCP Advisor on August 22, 2008 at 08:05 AM PDT #

Hello, I notice that for a production exam, we may have 120 minutes for 60 questions. But for the beta exam, we only have 180 minutes for 120-150 questions. Actually we should get 240minutes(4h) or more for 120-150 questions.

With only 180 minutes, candidate can not finish the questions. So they may guess the result. Of course this will not help you to analyze the result, will not improve the production version.

I suggest to decrease the question number or increase the time.

Posted by Jimmy on January 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM PST #

Hi Jimmy,
Each exam (beta or production) has a different number of questions and a different time allowed for taking the exam. The time allowed is evaluated for each exam based on the number and difficulty of the questions. We build in extra time for the beta exams to allow candidates ample time based on the difficulty level of each item. Each exam is evaluated separately.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on January 12, 2012 at 02:50 AM PST #

I wrote Beta Exam recently. My query is that whether I need to take the Production exam again, even after passing the Beta Exam?

Posted by guest on July 23, 2012 at 01:24 AM PDT #

If you pass the beta exam, it will count toward your certification. There is no need to take the Production version of the exam if you pass the Beta version.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on July 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM PDT #

Hello ,
I m planning to give beta exam of oracle fusion crm 2014 implementation

I have no problem for large set of question and late result declaration
But ...
My main doubt regrading beta exam is
1. If i passed , should i go for production
2. Certificate is provide by oracle ?? For beta exam!?
3. What is valuable ? Beta or production
4. There is any difference between result certificate ?

Posted by Kandarp on August 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM PDT #

The beta exam is only scored based on the items that are selected for the production exam, so if you pass the beta exam it is no different than having passed the production exam. You do not need to take the production exam. If you pass the beta exam, you will receive the certificate.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on August 20, 2014 at 11:37 AM PDT #


Among 225 questions just a few items are selected. Is that means a low opportunity to pass? Can I know what are the chances?

Posted by Mazen on May 14, 2015 at 06:59 AM PDT #

When you take the beta exam, you are only scored on the questions that are selected for the production exam. So your exam is scored the same as candidates who take the production exam. You have the same opportunity to pass as all other candidates.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on May 20, 2015 at 10:35 AM PDT #


I want to get certified in Oracle Rightnow Implementation. I see that there is a production exam for 2013 version and a beta exam for 2016. When I try to register for 2013 exam, I get an alert that I should consider beta exam. When I check the beta exam info, it says results will be announced in 11 weeks.

So I am wondering if I should still take 2013 production exam?

Warm regards
Poornima Kamath

Posted by guest on February 07, 2016 at 06:50 AM PST #

I would recommend waiting a few days and the new RightNow exam should be availble in production. This way you'll have the latest version of certification. You should be able to register for this new exam within two weeks.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on February 15, 2016 at 01:45 PM PST #


I planned to write '1Z1-449: Oracle Big Data 2016 Certified Implementation Specialist'. For this exam, Is there any study reference guide or a prescribed text book. Please help me.


Posted by guest on February 16, 2016 at 04:41 AM PST #

I'm not aware of any books about this subject. I would recommend taking a look at the exam page and reviewing exam topics.

There are several available Big Data courses that you can review through Oracle University. I recommend comparing the course topics with the exam topics to determine if the course is a good fit.

You could also check on Oracle Press and Amazon for books. I was unable to access the search functionality on Oracle Press just now, so I wasn't able to search, but it could be a browser issue for me.

Good luck,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on February 19, 2016 at 07:29 AM PST #

I took the Beta exam 1z1-332 on Jan 30,2016. Later, this was extended to Feb 20,2016. As per the Oracle website, the results should come within 6 weeks of the Beta Close date.
However, we have not got the score for this exam. Also, considering that the earlier Beta Close date was Jan 30,2016, it is nearing almost 2 months.
When can we expect the results for the Beta exams ?
Thanks & Regards,

Posted by guest on March 24, 2016 at 01:13 AM PDT #

Results for this beta exam should be available April 8, 2016.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on March 30, 2016 at 12:45 PM PDT #

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