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Using Braindumps is Cheating

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0477A.gifHi Everyone,

Unfortunately there continues to be some confusion about the use of
"brain-dumps," "question dumps," "dumps," etc. as a preparation or study
tool. We even have people asking for dumps in our forums, Twitter and
Facebook pages. As a reminder, the use of "dumps" (of any kind) is a
form of cheating and should not be used as you prepare to take the exam.

Keep in mind that the real value of becoming certified is in the process
that you follow to prepare for the test. Taking shortcuts (such as
using dumps) may or may not help you on the test, but ultimately the use
of these tools will not make you a better technical professional.
Additionally - the use of dumps devalues the credential for others who
have followed a legitimate study path and have worked, studied and

A few recommended study tools: Oracle training, practice exams, Oracle Press books, Oracle Technology Network (many white-papers), practicing with actual product downloaded from Oracle (where available), Oracle Knowledge Center.


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Comments ( 44 )
  • archana Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Are there any practice exams for Oracle Weblogic 11g ?



  • Brandye Barrington Wednesday, May 30, 2012

    There are not any valid practices exams for this exam. Anything that you find online is likely a brain dump. I suggest staying away from those.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Maunish Saturday, December 29, 2012

    Its good to read this but the question is why does this happen?

    I mean why does this dumps exist?

    Can't there be any other ways by which this dumps are banned or is it not possible for ORACLE to generate about thousands of questions from which the exams are taken so that students do not go for dumps? I mean something which can discourge students to go for dumps.

    I propose two things:

    1) ORACLE should reduce the fees for the exams.

    2) ORACLE should prepare thousands of questions from which students are asked randomly. So it would dis-courage students to go for dumps.

  • Brandye Barrington Thursday, January 3, 2013


    Unfortunately, posts like this are necessary. Every certification program fights this same battle with dishonest people who steal exam questions and dishonest people who buy exam questions.

    Also unfortunately, your suggestions are mutually exclusive. It is impossible to create thousands of exam questions without them taking years to get through beta and significantly raise the cost of exams. It is a very very rigorous process to write and test high-quality test questions.

    Thank you for your suggestions.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Andreas Chatziantoniou Sunday, January 13, 2013

    I agree with the idea that dumps are a form of cheating.

    However I would like to suggest that Oracle makes some practice exams available. The point I faced in a couple (actually all) Oracle exams is the fact that you have no clue how the exam will look like. How are questions asked? What level of questions could you expect? I could imagine that the moment a Oracle-version of a test exam would be made available the preparation of interested candidates will benefit.

    You will still need to learn and have experience in the topic (in my view experience is more important than learning), but the gap between a formal training, hands-on experience and the theory of an exam are to broad and in the beginning unknown to the the person taking the exam.

  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    There are practice exams available for some of our exams through a 3rd party vendor, Kaplan, www.selftestsoftware.com. We also have some new exam preparation seminars available for some of our exams http://bit.ly/107ULAb. Unfortunately some exams just don't have the volumes to support Kaplan building practice tests for them. It would be nice if we could have practice tests for all exams but, at this time, that's just not feasible.

    However, thank you for taking the time to make the suggestion.


    Brandye Barrington

  • kuntal Thursday, January 24, 2013


    i am a software test engineer, i would like to know first basic difference between oracle DBA and oracle certified professional.

    what would be the best for a software test engineer

    i would appreciate your suggestion.

    thanks and regards


    Software test enginner

  • Brandye Barrington Friday, January 25, 2013

    Oracle DBA is an Oracle Database Administrator. There are 3 levels of DBA: Associate (OCA), Professional (OCP), and Master (OCM).

    You should reach out to the users of the Oracle Certification Forum http://bit.ly/Lt5vhm for discussion on the right certification for you to pursue.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Prashant Kumar Rai Saturday, February 16, 2013

    I passed my EBS exams using Oracle User Guides, i think thats the best way to clear the exams.

  • Jeena Tuesday, March 5, 2013


    myself Jeena, I cleared 1z0-051 and 1z0-052 exam recently. Now I am looking for 1z0-053. I am planning to buy the 'Practice Test' for 30 days access. I need to know I can pass the exam with this practice test materials or should I need to prepare with something else.

    please advise in this.

    Thanks and Regards,


  • guest Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Hi Jeena,

    The practice test is a good supplement to your study materials, but the role of the practice test is to highlight areas where you need more preparation. It can also help you become comfortable with the testing environment.

    In order to obtain the 11g DBA OCP certification, you will also need to complete a training course. My suggestion would be that you purchase the recommended course for the 053 exam http://bit.ly/WsJn1o and use that material to prepare. You can also check our Certification Forum http://bit.ly/Lt5vhm for books that other candidates have used to prepare.


    Brandye Barrington

  • guest Wednesday, March 6, 2013


    English is not my native language, so I went to wikipedia to be sure I would understand what you mean by braindumps.

    Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_dump :

    "In certification exams

    The phrase "brain dump" refers to confidential information relating to examinations which is obtained by examinees who memorize, then "dump" (record) the information after the examination. Brain dumps are also referenced to collections of exam items that have been stolen from high-stakes certification exams.[3] Brain dumps are most commonly found amongst IT certification exams mainly because the exams are expensive and difficult to pass, and the questions rarely change. These type of brain dumps are actual exam questions and answers that users will memorize prior to taking (or sitting for) an exam…

    Brain dumps of this sort often constitute cheating because the information acquired was generally taken from material that was meant to remain secure, or information copyrighted or registered as trade secrets."

    Could you please clarify which are legal study materials and what are not? I have seen study materials on internet sites, like Oracle Magazine,with questions and answers. I also see sites selling study materials. There is one called "braindump.com"! How can we tell if one is legal or not?

    Thank you,


  • guest Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    Hi Francisco,

    This is a good question. Oracle's authorized practice test seller is Kaplan Selftest (www.selftestsoftware.com). However, there are other legitimate practice test sellers out there. A good place to check is on CertGuard's braindump identification site at http://www.certguard.com/.

    One thing to remember is that the practice test is not necessarily for preparation. It is a terrific resource to help you become familiar with the types of questions that will be on the test, and to make you comfortable in the exam environment, but it should be used for for identifying gaps in your knowledge that for giving you areas of study.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Are you sure it right Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    On a personal level think Brain dumps are a good thing. What should be is you have to sit the training course! If you can't pass the exam when doing a £2000 training course and then there is something seriously wrong with the training.

    I'm fed up with doing constant IT training courses and finding when sitting the exam, 80% of the question asked wasn't even touch on in the course.

    For the avaerage IT person that spends most of the working week supporting and doing project work which extends pass working hours and family life to juggle where the hell do you think someone is going to be able to sit down with the books for the next level up and go through and learn for that extra 80% of question???

    The system has totally gone out of the window.

  • guest Thursday, March 21, 2013

    It is concerning to hear that a candidate thinks cheating on an exam is a good alternative to in depth preparation.

    I can understand that the cost of Oracle's courses is not insignificant, and it would be frustrating to get to an exam and feel like the course did not prepare you for it. However, in most cases, the recommended course does cover most of the topics on the exam. If you are completing a course in the approved courses list. This is the list of courses that will fulfill the training requirement. While these area all relevant to the certification, they may not cover the exam topics like the recommended course will. The recommended course is the course that is listed on the exam page as the course to help you prepare for your exam.

    That said, our certification exams are not designed simply for rote memorization. If you complete a course and expect to walk out of the classroom and ace the exam, you will likely be disappointed. We have the expectation that candidates will come to the exam with the ability to apply the knowledge, skills and principles taught in the classroom.

    We are sorry that you were disappointed with your training class. You could contact Oracle University through the 100% Student Satisfaction program.


    Brandye Barrington

  • guest Thursday, May 9, 2013

    I m preparing for Iz051 exam could pls suggest some books

  • Brandye Barrington Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Go to our Certification Forum http://bit.ly/Lt5vhm and search on books for this exam. There has been lots of good information posted about this.


    Brandye Barrington

  • guest Friday, January 17, 2014

    I would like to add something.

    Average salary of a South African Person is $257.36 per month.

    Only 10% of the country earns more then $1194.91 per month.

    With the cost of studies and living. Loans need to be taken with interest rate as high as 31%.

    It is almost unthinkable to loan money for studies, and failing. We are forced to utilize every possibility to pass. We just can't afford not to. Failing literally takes away food money. It sounds dramatic but true.

    Kind Regards

  • guest Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    While I can sympathize with this scenario, can you look at it from another perspective?

    While you may study hard and use the dumps only as reinforcement, what about all the candidates who ONLY use dumps to prepare for the exams and come out with a certification, but have no idea how to actually perform successfully in the relevant job role.

    They are representing the same credential that you hold. These people devalue everyone's certification. Do you want to invest that much into your credential, only to have it immediately devalued by cheaters?

    Thank you for posing your point of view. It makes an interesting conversation.


    Brandye Barrington

  • guest Friday, November 21, 2014

    I do not find any practise test for 1z0-144 exam on oracle site.

    Can you please help with this.

  • Brandye Barrington Friday, November 21, 2014

    There is not a practice test available for exam 144. You will need to prepare using books, Oracle training and Oracle Documentation.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Amol Monday, December 15, 2014

    As now Oracle has its own cloud infrastructure. Can oracle make it cheaper for people who want to study and certify in Oracle technologies to practice on Oracle Cloud. Oracle training is costly, can oracle make it affordable using cloud.Hoping for a response from Larry.

  • Brandye Barrington Thursday, December 18, 2014


    It is doubtful that you will get a response from Larry posting in this blog. Your questions really belong more in the Oracle University area. This is more specific to certifications/exams rather than training.

    That said, our certification exams are comfortably in line with industry standards.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Dee Sunday, February 1, 2015

    I just completed the DBA training,and I Must confess I found it very interesting..Loooking forward to a very sucessful career..prolly an OCM. In the nearest future

  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    Good luck with your future certification plans, Dee!


    Brandye Barrington

  • delove Friday, October 16, 2015

    I did my Oracle Certifications between 2007 and 2008 on 10g through prometric

    Now I want to link my details with pearsonvue can you please help me with the procedure. I cant even remember my credentials on prometric but i still have my Testing ID created by Prometric for me then because i wish to do the upgrade to newer version.


  • Brandye Barrington Monday, October 19, 2015


    You need to go to http://pearsonvue.com/oracle and create a new account. You'll enter your Prometric ID in the account creation process. If Pearson VUE emails you with a new ID, you should contact them and have the IDs merged - http://pearsonvue.com/oracle/idmerge.

    After you get your account at Pearson sorted out, you'll need to authenticate your account at certview.oracle.com. I recommend taking care of this well before you take any exam so that you do not experience a delay in receiving your exam results through CertView.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Certified OCP Sunday, October 25, 2015

    Please give a legitimate reason for employing the verb cheating instead of studying in the following scenario :

    A candidate studies hard for an examination, reads books, attends courses, and codes whenever possible, and yet uses the dumps after all this for ensuring that (s)he becomes familiar with the question types and for self evaluation in the interest of identifying which subject areas need revision.

    Do you think this candidate has 'cheated'? If so, then please identify where has this candidate acted dishonestly and deceitfully? Who has (s)he cheated? What fraud has been committed by this candidate who worked hard all along and wasn't even aware that one day (s)he would read on Oracle's website that using dumps is tantamount to cheating?

  • Brandye Barrington Friday, October 30, 2015

    Brain dumps are typically created when test-takers come out of the exam and immediately write down everything they remember from the exam and pass that information on to other test takers. Sometimes companies will pay for their employees to take the tests and gather information in this manner and then sell these documents as 'practice tests.'

    This practice is a direct violation of the Oracle Certification Candidate Agreement that each test take signs before taking the test. This is stealing information.

    Even if a candidate has letitimately prepared for an exam, once he accesses these brain dumps, he has cheated. He has knowingly accessed illegally obtained materials.

    Using brain dumps is cheating - plain and simple. There is ample information on the web that using dumps is cheating.

    There are legitimate practice tests that will familiarize you with question types without providing access to stolen exam questions. You can purchase practice tests at selftestsoftware.com.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Rally Huffington Wednesday, December 2, 2015

    I happen to agree with Brandye that using brain dumps is cheating.

    However, I disagree with Brandye's suggestion that Oracle couldn't take action to prevent this cheating by creating thousands of questions.

    The ability of Oracle to prevent this form of cheating is being vastly under represented by Brandye's imagination.

    What is actually going on is Oracle isn't motivated to fix anything because they are making money hand over fist.

  • guest Thursday, December 3, 2015


    You would be surprised at the vast expanse of my imagination :)

    Our ability to create exam items is not limited by my imagination. As in any company that creates certification exams, the biggest limit on the number of questions that can be created is resources. Subject matter experts are not devoted entirely to exam development. They make more money actually working as DBAs than they do writing exams.

    Sure, we could produce thousands of exam questions, but the would not be high quality, well-tested questions. Creating and maintaining a pool of thousands of questions would cost so much, the exams wouldn't be remotely affordable.

    I don't want to seem like I'm just trying to negate your opinion, but I do feel that looking at it from a different perspective is important.


    Brandye Barrington

  • siva krishna Wednesday, December 23, 2015


    I have cleared oracle 1z0-051 sql fundamental for OCA. I got the test score with 83% and now I want to download the certificate for 1z0-051, how can I get and what are the benefits for me and what is the next steps for me.

    Thank you in advance.

  • Brandye Barrington Thursday, January 14, 2016

    Hi Siva,

    Congratulations on passing exam 051. In order to earn a certificate, you'll need to pass the next exam in your certification path. If you're following the DBA certification path, you'll need to pass 052 for 11g DBA OCA or 062 for 12c DBA OCA.

    If you're following the Developer path, you'll need to pass exam 144.


    Brandye Barrington

  • guest Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    My exam number is 1Z0-803\

    can you please say the syllabus.because some books gives collections in their books.But on the site there is no collections in the syllabus.Could you please tell the syllabus ASAP.

  • anonymousthrowaway666 Saturday, March 26, 2016

    I agree with "Are you sure it right".

    And maybe if you guys would make a book that actually covers ALL the material needed, people wouldn't turn to dumps to cover the rest. Your authors are either required to limit their material covered, dishonest about what's on the test, or incompetent.

    Either way, it's on Oracle to start providing DECENT study materials. We DBAs have far too much on our plates to spend an extra 4 hours/night studying for a certification.

  • guest Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Certification is a combination of training, experience and the ability to pass the exam. Training courses do not cover every exam topic. Oracle Press (a division of McGraw Hill, not Oracle) creates exam guides for some exams, but they sometimes run into an issue of an exam being revved before a book can be revved.

    We provide an complete, comprehensive list of exam topics for candidates to use to prepare for the exam.

    Exam guides are very one-dimensional. It is important to us that you can pass the exam. More important is that the process of preparing for the exam makes you better at what you do. We want the process of becoming certified to prepare you for your job rather than just prepare you for an exam.


    Brandye Barrington

  • guest Tuesday, November 29, 2016


  • guest Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    No one will provide dumps on this site. As you can see from this blog post, using dumps is cheating.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Ahmed Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    Dear Of all and sepcially to Brandye Barrington

    Why oracle create certificate?

    The reason they want just earn money. Information Technology is a very big market. It is a big business and the lead by google.com.

    It is very very shameful to say, every organization play a gambler role, they ask for training and certification.

    i am working since 11 years, without training and certification and i have no problem.

    But when i want to achieve good earning, mostly big company asking for certification, because oracle give license to those Partners they have more number of certification.

    Why Microsoft and oracle no stops the dumps and training. just take interview and give job.

    mostly dumps question not related to tanning course and trainers voice is not clear.

    if a company asking for certification, it means they need money no skill persons.
  • Brandye Barrington Thursday, July 20, 2017
    I'm really sorry you feel the way you do about Certification. I think you'll find many many certified people who feel very differently. Time and again we hear from certified individuals that the real value in becoming certified is not having the certification to display, but in what they learned while earning the certification. They were able to expand their skills and broaden their knowledge in a way that greatly increased their confidence and earned them more recognition and credibility.

    Certification is a standard that companies can rely on. Sure there are candidates who come by certification through cheating, but the vast majority of certified individuals earn certification honestly and find that their skills are increased and their jobs are improved by certification. Those who got the credential through cheating are often found out very quickly in the interview process. They don't have the depth of knowledge that candidate has who spent months preparing for his certification exam.

    Perhaps certification isn't for everyone, but it is a valuable asset for many.

    Brandye Barrington
  • Ali Reza Fazaeli Wednesday, September 5, 2018
    Please reduce the exam price.
  • Lukey Saturday, November 10, 2018
    Any idea about 1Z0-1008? Is it much different from 1Z0-964? Can’t seem to be able to find much on 1008...
  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, November 20, 2018
    Hi Lukey,
    There is not much difference in the two exams. 1008 is a refresh of the 964 exam with a new version.

    Brandye Barrington
  • guest Thursday, March 12, 2020
    This wouldn't happen if Oracle provided decent exam preparation guides which it has consistently failed to do. And the reason for this is that Oracle makes a good bit of money from having people take these tests. So lets not play holier than thou. You're trying to make some extra money nothing more.
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