Friday Oct 10, 2008

Beta Exams: Why Should I Take A Beta Exam?

Question: Why Should I Take A Beta Exam?

As I mentioned in some earlier posts, beta exams are longer on questions and time. Why would anyone want to take a beta? Honestly, betas are not for everyone. However, there are several good reasons that should make you consider taking beta exams:

First, betas cost less than production exams – only $50 (USD), whereas production exams are at least double the cost. You might think of this as an inexpensive way to get a take a shot at the exam.

Second, your score on the beta exam counts towards your certification (if you pass). Since the beta exam contains the real exam questions you are taking several versions of the exam at once, your highest score is taken. By taking the beta you can become one of the first people to become certified on a new track or version.

Third, taking the beta is a great way to contribute to the exam development process. Not only do we analyze the individual results of a beta, but also as mentioned before during the beta you have the opportunity to provide feedback on individual items. When we analyze the beta results we review every single candidate comment. The beta is your best chance to influence the composition of the production exam.


Paul Sorensen,
Director, Oracle Certification

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