Tuesday Jan 19, 2010

Oracle Exam Security Update

Oracle Certification Security UpdateHi Everyone,

I've gotten a few questions related to exam security lately and wanted to discuss this briefly. The Oracle Certification Program is very concerned about cheaters, content theft, proxy testing and similar activities. These activities hurt the value of our credentials and hurt those who legitimately work to become certified. We are taking measures against such fraud and are implementing some new strategies this year which include several new back-end tools.

As you know, we recently switched to Pearson VUE for the delivery of our worldwide proctored exams, and one of the key components of that switch is Pearson's ability to help us detect cheaters and stop content theft. We are working closely with Pearson and will be taking advantage of some great new technology. I'll post additional information on the blog next week.

Some of our most recent security actions include:

  • Just last week, we instated a three-year ban on a candidate in Korea who accessed written notes during a test. The results of two exams were canceled as well.
  • We implemented a six-month ban on a candidate in the USA for attempting to access notes on his phone during the test.
  • We issued a formal written warning to a candidate for having notes outside of his bag (and potentially accessible) during the exam. As you can imagine, this candidate's future exam activities will now be closely monitored.

Additionally, we are investigating a group of candidates in Nigeria that may have attempted to falsify their score reports. If this is validated, we will be banning them for (at least) three years from participating in the Oracle Certification Program.

Look for additional related to security and cheating next week here on the Oracle Certification Blog.

Paul Sorensen

Paul Sorensen,
Director, Oracle Certification

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