From the Oracle Certification Team: Thank You, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays!


I’ve been amazed by the amount of attention we’ve received on the Certification blog. Your readership has made this one of the most-visited blogs here at Oracle. The blog has been a fun, efficient way to distribute release information, opinions and recommendations to those interested in Oracle Certification. Also it’s a nice way for you to express opinions back to us. I hope that your finding us more accessible and more timely with our information.
Additionally I want to thank all of you who re-publish or push the content of the blog to your audiences or friends. It’s helped us get the word out about key changes and releases.
In the coming few weeks (and months) we’ll be celebrating a new year and many of you will also celebrate various holidays. At this time, I’d like to thank you for your support of the certification program here at Oracle.
Thank you and Happy Holidays from the Oracle Certification program.

Paul Sorensen,
Director, Oracle Certification

Comments:

On behalf of the thousands of readers of the Oracle Certification blog, may I express our thanks and gratitude for launching the site. For the first time, OCP candidates from all across the globe got an opportunity to know the awesome OCP team through the blog pages. Wishing the OCP team a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and eventful New Year 2009!

Posted by Mohan Dutt on December 24, 2008 at 11:13 AM PST #

Paul I wish you a very & prosperous HNY-2009 (of course, belated!!) I am so sorry to express my concerns to understand the true assessment criteria for PeopleSoft regular certification tests i.e. how the certification team assesses the answers to arrive at pass/fail grade for a candidate. I spent almost a day to find out from various sites regarding the evaluation criteria for strategic preparation for the test that I am going to undertake in near future. I strongly believe that such vital information is tremendously helpful for many a aspirants to prepare better for the certification exams. I have many queries regarding the assessment process, for example, for a multiple choice/answers questions, how the assessment would be carried out? Is it partial (for example; if 3 out of 4 answers are right, a partial (.75) will be awarded? or, the candidate will get a total 0 (for not checking all the correct answers) ? Or, a net of 0.5 (.75 for all the correct answers minus .25 for missing another correct answer by un-checking / wrong –checking)? I would appreciate if someone from the certification team helps me in understanding the assessment criteria for PeopleSoft Certification tests. Have a great Day! Thanks Murty

Posted by Murty N on January 02, 2009 at 12:48 PM PST #

Hello, I am based out of the eastern UK currently, and have noticed that there are limited number of Prometric Testing Centres in eastern part of England. I believe this is one of the reasons which might be a demotivator for certification asiprants ! Due to job constraints, it might not be feasible to travel to the cities where centres are available during weekdays, and I've not been able to find many centres that accept weekend registrations. My suggestion would be to have this condition potentially addressed by having Mobile Testing Centres or temporary testing centres (managed by Oracle Education or Prometric) in coordination with respective City Councils / Libraries - atleast in the interim - whereby Oracle can pre-announce dates for prospective testing at these types of testing centres. This could help prospective certification aspirants ! (The economic viability of having such centres can be gauged from the number of registrations). Regards, Rakesh Tripathi

Posted by Rakesh Tripathi on January 03, 2009 at 06:36 PM PST #

HI Murty - that is a great question! The multiple-choice questions on our exams require that that the test-taker selects only the correct combination of answers. There is therefore no 'partial credit' for picking some of the right answers. Thanks for asking! - Harold

Posted by Harold Green on January 05, 2009 at 03:38 AM PST #

Hi Rakesh - this is an interesting idea. I'll raise the idea with Prometric this week. Thanks for thinking of it! Cheers, - Harold

Posted by Harold Green on January 05, 2009 at 03:43 AM PST #

Thanks Harold for your swift response. At the outset, I would like to deeply express my concerns about the probability of achieving a passing score given the grading criteria that you have mentioned. To the best of my knowledge, even SAP Certifications have the partial grading mechanism to ensure crediting the students with appropriate marks based on the no of correct responses for a multiple answered questions. On the contrary, it has set the passing grade of 70% for granting the Certificate. I think, it is high-time for Oracle to re-think about the evaluation strategy so that it will encourage many students to opt for PeopleSoft Certifications. Thanks, Murty

Posted by Murty on January 05, 2009 at 08:45 AM PST #

Brain dumps and cert testing cd's are NOT cheating. Issues with the current certification exams: 1- The knowledge found in the Oracle Education books alone is not sufficient, even when combined with solid work experience, to guarantee success during an exam. I don't know where and how Oracle expects us to find that information but many questions in those exams have no answers in the books. 2- Format of questions is not reasonable. 4 essentially similar questions with only subtle differences between them is presented. The questions are designed to trick you with semantics instead of solid logic. You often miss the question because you got lost in the silly semantic nuances between the various options. Your true experience and knowledge is thus prevented from shining through. 3- Too much emphasis placed on certification vs solid work experience. Both are desirable but only one (work experience) is ultimately essential. You can be OCP on paper but a dual dummy on the work site. Frankly, as an OCP 7, i have given up on upgrading to 10g or 11 whatever and i am DONE with the certification game. From hereon, i will rely on my solid 10 years experience and my old OCP7. :) Guy

Posted by Guy Lacroix on January 06, 2009 at 12:02 AM PST #

Guy It’s a wonderful way of throwing light on the bottleneck to clear the Oracle/PeopleSoft Certification Tests. I too strongly agree with the specifics that you have referred to. Unless Oracle re-strategizes the evaluation dynamics, it’s no wonder that world would be deficient of “Oracle/PeopleSoft Certified Consultants’ very soon. I truly wonder as how many the test-makers themselves can clear their own exam papers. Thanks Murty

Posted by Murty on January 06, 2009 at 04:17 AM PST #

Hello Guy, Appreciate your comments. It's always good to see different perspective. I do disagree with your first statement that braindumps are not cheating. I strongly believe that Braindumps ARE cheating. As for your comments on preparation - start by looking at the exam objectives and do a gap analysis. Then use multiple training methods to close those gaps. The OU courses are the best preparation tool. Oracle Press books are good. Also there are numerous white papers available on OTN that can help. Additionally practice is very important. As for your comments on certification vs work experience. I do believe that certification is only a part of the equation and there are numerous other considerations that employers should make when they making hiring decisions. I wrote about this very thing earlier in the blog: http://blogs.oracle.com/certification/2008/07/to_certify_or_not_to_certify_p.html (there are two parts). I hope that you will reconsider there are valuable things that you can learn when going through the process of getting certified or upgrading your certification. It will be a great complement your work experience.

Posted by Paul Sorensen on January 06, 2009 at 06:03 AM PST #

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