Cheating Part 7: What Can You and I Do About Cheating?
By Harold Green on Dec 19, 2008
Oracle has implemented a number of strategies to help curb cheating and continues to work on even more. We realize that - in spite of all of our efforts - that if people are bent on stealing, sharing and using illegal content, that we can't effectively police each and every specific transaction to stop them. However, there are several interesting technologies emerging that may accurately allow us to determine whether or not someone has had access to illegal content before the test. One major certification program is implementing this now, and we are looking at it very closely.
There are four things that you as legitimate certification holders can do to help preserve the integrity of your justly earned certification:
- Strongly discourage the sharing of content among candidates. Don't post test content in forums, upload items to dumps or help others using real content.
- Don't point people to brain dumps or even encourage them. Don't support illegal content thieves, distributers, and seekers. Let them fend or themselves. Avoid any actions that enable a short-cutter to circumvent the real process of actually getting certified.
- Become an evangelist - tell both your success and horror stories. Share with people how following the correct process has paid off in your career and in your life. Share examples of where you seen or heard of people who have been burned by cutting corners and cheating.
- Report specific instances of cheating and fraud to Oracle. Using Oracle's fraud reporting email address, you can report instances of fraud and cheating to the Oracle Certification Program. Don't worry - your submission is anonymous. We investigate these reports vigorously and take action wherever legally possible.
We can't completely eliminate cheating or cheaters. But we are making significant strides to curb and discourage it.
In summary - we need to remember that in the long run, cheating doesn't help anyone and instead actually causes harm to everyone involved.
Director, Oracle Certification
- Previous Post: Cheating Part 1: Who Benefits from Cheating?
- Previous Post: Cheating Part 2: Cheating Hurts The Cheater
- Previous Post: Cheating Part 3: Cheating Hurts Present and Future Employers
- Previous Post: Cheating Part 4: Cheating Hurts Legitimate Certification Holders
- Previous Post: Cheating Part 5: Cheating Hurts the Oracle Certification Program
- Previous Post: Cheating Part 6: "The Lone Beneficiary" (And It's Not You)
- On The Web: Oracle Fraudulent Activity Policy
- On The Web: Oracle Certification Candidate Agreement
- Email: Oracle Certification Program Fraud Email Alias
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