The Route You Choose
By Harold Green on May 20, 2009
Staying on the right path while preparing for your certification
We receive a lot of questions related to legitimate vs. illegitimate forms of studying. Because we’ve gotten so many questions lately I thought that I would comment on this topic.
First, here is an overview of a suggested method of study and a few details along with it:
- Review the certification requirements on the Oracle Certification website
- For each exam, review the exam objectives on the Oracle Certification website
- Perform a gap analysis of your knowledge/experience/skills versus the exam objectives (for each exam).
- Create a study plan the that will help you close the gaps that you identified.
Utilize study methods that work for you. We suggest that these might include:
- Practice – use the real product in a non-production environment
- Training – take an Oracle University course or attend an OU seminar
- Read – Oracle Press and many other publishers have exam and/or topic-related books available
- Flash Cards – If you create flash cards with key points on them, you will learn both while you create them and while you review them
- Practice Exams – look for legitimately available practice exams or sample questions
Things you should not use to study as they violate your certification candidate agreement:
- Asking a friend who has taken the test to tell you what is on it
- Accessing practice exam sites that claim to have real test questions
- Take the test just “find out what’s on it’
- Accessing user group “brain dump” sites
- Discussing real exam questions in forums
Quite honestly - when someone follows the legitimate process to practice, study and become certified they benefit much more than someone who sidesteps the process by cheating (using illegitimate methods). Someone who cheats not only cheats others but also themselves.
I’m interested in comments you might have.
Director, Oracle Certification