Books and other aids at exam

Discussion in 'MCSD' started by pinkfloydhomer, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. Can I use the book at the exam? Or will I have to remember everything?
    Can I use other aids? Such as google?
    pinkfloydhomer, Aug 5, 2007
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  2. pinkfloydhomer

    Cerebrus Guest

    No, you cannot use any books, reference material and you cannot access
    the internet to find answers. The exams demonstrate your skill and
    knowledge, not an ability to quickly find information off the net.
    Atleast not until we have an exam called "Google Certified Googler" !!
    Cerebrus, Aug 6, 2007
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  3. pinkfloydhomer

    Guest Guest

    Cerebrus is right. However, if you wish to become certified in other areas of
    IT besides Google, but still use Google, then there is always the brainbench
    There, you can use all the study materials you want to use.
    Since you take brainbench exams online in the comfort of your own home, no
    one will know that you are using secondary sources to answer your questions.
    Brainbench tests your ability to get information off the net, as well as
    testing the speed of your computer and internet connection since you only
    have a couple of minutes to answer each question.
    Details are at
    Guest, Aug 7, 2007
  4. pinkfloydhomer

    Blackmetal Guest


    Now that you mention Brainbench, what is your opinion on those
    Blackmetal, Aug 7, 2007
  5. Thanks for your answer. Although I disagree with your opinion a little
    bit. Testing trivial "lexical" knowledge that will always be available
    to you is not as important as testing real understanding. It is a bit
    old-fashioned, I would say.

    pinkfloydhomer, Aug 10, 2007
  6. pinkfloydhomer

    Cerebrus Guest

    I was stating a fact about the exams, not professing my own opinion.
    Most professionals including me, in the community fully agree that
    testing knowledge is more important than testing lexical knowledge.
    Why do you think there are so many blogs, articles and discussions
    about improving the format of the exams?
    Cerebrus, Aug 12, 2007
  7. I just thought that

    The exams demonstrate your skill and
    knowledge, not an ability to quickly find information off the net.
    Atleast not until we have an exam called "Google Certified
    Googler" !!

    sounded very much like an opinion.

    pinkfloydhomer, Aug 15, 2007
  8. pinkfloydhomer

    Guest Guest

    Sorry for the late reply, Blackmetal.
    I HATE brainbench, for the following reasons:
    1. Since you take it in the comfort of your own home, it is a lot easier to
    "cheat" - all you need to do is have a dual monitor PC and good googling
    skills to find the answers, and/or a good library of books by your side.
    Having your browser pre-set to the MSDN site, for example, helps in
    answering the Microsoft questions. Likewise the Books Online for the SQL
    Server exams. One can have Visual Studio open and copy and paste the choices
    into the IDE to quickly find out which answers have the wrong syntax. At
    least with the braindumps, you have to have a good memory (which I don't) -
    with the brainbench exams, you don't even need that.
    2. It penalizes those of us who have crappy PC's at home and/or poor
    Internet connections. I would be competing against those with faster PC's
    (probably about 95% of the USA). Yes, I should know the answers (and probably
    do), but I still would be competing against those who are able to use their
    search engines and the final score would not be comparable with the score of
    others. Okay, that's probably not much different than a Microsoft exam, but
    at least everyone has to take the exam on the same type of computer. (Perhaps
    that's one reason they are dropping Vue -- so that everyone has to take the
    exam on crappy Prometric computers!) And with a Microsoft exam, the score
    doesn't matter as long as it is 700 or above.
    3. Brainbench exams assume that you have a quiet room at home to take the
    exams undisturbed in. Brainbench doesn't know my children very well.

    I suppose if I had a great computer to take the exams on, I would probably
    feel differently, but I don't.

    If I was an employer, I would look for people who have passed some beta
    exams (which, [probably not coincidentally,] I have) since there are no
    braindumps available for them and cheating is impossible.
    Guest, Aug 27, 2007
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