RE: Certifications don't count!

From: Powell, Mark D <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 14:18:30 -0400
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For most problems more than one approach to finding and implementing a solution to the problem are possible. The problem with the scenario approach is that so far the tests have often not presented the same combination of facts and solution steps that I think I would use and follow to determine and fix the problem. Working the way the test preparer worked then becomes a test in itself.

The big problem to me on the 9i examination was that a lot of the questions had 5 possible answers where two were definitely correct and two were definitely wrong but if the remaining item should be selected as part of the answer depended on the point of view of the questioner or on missing information.

On the 10g examination if the test wanted three choices it told you to pick three choices.

  • Mark D Powell -- Phone (313) 592-5148

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[] On Behalf Of Helen Mitchell Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2008 10:30 AM
Subject: Certifications don't count!

I am certified in 8, 8i, 9i, and 10g. I noticed a difference in the tests between 8i and 9i. Prior to 9i, the tests were easily passable if you got the right training materials. From 9i and up these tests became more difficult as they became scenario-oriented. The test question presented a problem scenario or story problem followed by a series of potential answers.
This testing approach was challenging and more real world in nature. I used both my practical knowledge and book knowledge to pass the test.


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