Cheating Part 7: What Can You and I Do About Cheating?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Paul Sorensen,
Director, Oracle Certification


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I appreciate initiative about cheating in the blog. Why Oracle is not changing exam questions database frequently ? By implementing change of exam database practice we can blow on exam cheaters who simply read the few pages of dumps and pass the exam. We must think what we can do better than preventing others goal. All exams must be discourage strongly on website without proper knowledge. Any IT certification will be value less if we are not taking right action just now. Also display on website about action taken on fraudlent activites, ban on candidate with name etc.. Internet Dumps are like a terrorist on IT certification. This is a wake-up call.

Posted by Amit Patel on December 21, 2008 at 09:17 PM PST #

I strongly agree with Amit, Oracle should change examination questions frequently

Posted by Aj on December 26, 2008 at 06:13 AM PST #

i think oracle should change the exam questions database frequently. it will be unfair for those people who spent lots of time and energy to gain the Certification. we can not stop the cheating but we should reduce it as possible as we can.

Posted by ben on January 02, 2009 at 04:34 PM PST #

Inspired by the seven part series, I have penned a blog post. Please also read: "12 Steps to a Cure" URL - Happy New Year 2009 to everyone!!

Posted by Mohan Dutt on January 03, 2009 at 03:36 PM PST #

I think a better approach would be to have a large question bank and multiple sets of same exam and rotate them randomly. Also the 4 or 5 options should be jumbled rather than having same order in each exam. This will be helpful in prevention of cheating.

Posted by guest on May 10, 2013 at 08:30 PM PDT #

Just a comment on the comment above, we do not actually display exactly the same exam to every candidate.

Posted by Brandye Barrington on May 14, 2013 at 08:24 AM PDT #

What are the consequences for exam takers who used revision questions(dumps) for sql expert(047) and oca but passed ocp on second attempt?

Posted by guest on July 26, 2013 at 05:51 PM PDT #

If we discover that candidates used dumps to prepare for an exam, we must report them to OCP Fraud. This team has metrics for determining the action that will be taken. Some of the consequences are - exam results being invalidated, losing certifications, being banned from testing for anywhere from a year to life. We take cheating very seriously.

How clever that you did not include any identifying information when you posted your comment.

We realize that in some regions, dumps are so ubiquitous and are often an accepted standard for exam preparation. Candidates may not even know they've cheated. This is why we release posts like this and why we need candidates to help police each other. Cheating affects everyone by devaluing all certifications.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on July 31, 2013 at 12:03 PM PDT #

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