The war against exam cheats

Donovan, Tristan
June 2003
IT Training;Jun2003, p20
Trade Publication
Certification firms are moving to defend their qualifications against an online violation. Rather like currencies, information technology (IT) certifications require a leap in faith. Qualifications such as Microsoft Certified System Engineer offer potential employers a snapshot of the specific training and expertise the holder has absorbed without having to pore over each subject in laborious detail. And that is an ongoing challenge, with numerous measures applied in recent years to underline the robustness of certifications, from tighter control of the training channel to new testing methods. At the beginning of 2003, Microsoft won a court case against Robert Keppel, a U.S. citizen who ran a braindump site selling exam questions. And certification testing specialist Pearson Vue recently moved to crack down on an online scam involving a testing center that purported to guarantee IT certification for a small fee without the need to sit any exams. Several certification providers have taken steps to stop certification cheating.


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