Some of the Microsoft exams can contain adaptive tests, which are different from conventional tests you have experienced till now. The grading of these tests is done on a different scale than was done in the old format. These tests are tougher than conventional tests and hence very difficult for you to score 100%. In most cases, you will not be able to answer all the questions before moving on to the next topic. In this article, we will explain how these tests are different and how you should attempt them to get a good score.

Adaptive tests are different from conventional tests, as you cannot go back and change your answers. This makes these tests much more difficult than conventional tests. You cannot bookmark a question and attempt it afterwards, as you won’t get that question again. When you start taking an adaptive test, the first question presented has an average difficulty level. If your answer is correct, you will be presented with a higher difficulty level question. On the other hand, if your answer is incorrect, you will be presented with a lower difficulty level question. Each question is scored on the basis of its difficulty level. The adaptive test selects questions from a pool of questions. The computer calculates your score for each question as soon as you go to the next question. Continue reading

Mike Litherland

Mike Litherland works for Accenx Technology, Inc. as a software designer and programmer of enterprise, interactive and hopefully otherwise useful software, much of which has been designed for the health-care industry. His other interests include writing (fiction and technical), trying to fix anything that’s broken and trying to understand anything that’s not broken.

When those things aren’t occupying his time there are a few musical instruments that require some playing, some geocaches that haven’t been found nearby, and some trails that haven’t been fully explored. Of course his favorite way to spend time is with his wonderful new wife in their cute little house in Cleveland Heights and their furry, four-legged children.

Mike Litherland recently tested the uCertify PrepKit for CX-310-055 exam, required to achieve the SCJP 5.0 certification and wrote a comprehensive review on his blog. Mike says, “Chances are if you’re reading a review regarding certification preparation software, you are already pretty committed to taking a certification exam. In this case I think that the uCertify software I reviewed delivers what it promises – a complete solution to going from having an understanding of Java 5 to being able to pass the SCJP 5.0 certification test.”

You can read the complete review at Mike’s Blog.

In the ever growing IT market, and in the pool of various certifications, do we really need a vendor certification. Let’s discuss…

Industry demands have forced vendors to create their own certifications. In the IT industry, technology changes too often and too quickly. Hence, traditional means of certifications loose their significance. The demand for a vendor certification arises when the market requires skilled professionals. A vendor certification provides an easy way to identify such skilled professionals.

The vendor certification provides a win-win opportunity for all.

  • Vendors get benefited because it promotes people skilled in their respective products.
  • Professionals benefit because it boosts their careers.
  • Employers benefit because it helps them identify qualified people. Continue reading

Cisco has announced changes to the CCNA certification and exams in June 2007. Before these changes are announced, the first entry-level Cisco certification was Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. In 2003, Cisco continued with a single certification (CCNA) but offered two certification options; a single exam option and a two-exam option.

Cisco has created a new entry-level certification named Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and has introduced the ICND1 (640-822), ICND2 (640-816), and CCNA (640-802) exams. The 640-802 exam is a single exam option for becoming a CCNA. You can also opt for the ICND1 and ICND2 exams to be certified as a CCNA. However, the ICND1 exam can be taken to achieve the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT). Continue reading

Jacek Laskowski

Jacek Laskowski has been working with Java and Java Enterprise Edition, since its inception and is Sun Certified Java Programmer for Java 5 as well as Sun Certified Business Component Developer for Java EE 5. Jacek is the founder and leader of Warszawa Java User Group. Jacek is a committer and PMC member of Apache Geronimo, Apache OpenEJB, Apache XBean, Apache ActiveMQ and Apache ServiceMix open source projects.

He participated in NetBeans Community Acceptance Test (NetCAT) 6.0 and was awarded as the most active and agile participant. Jacek speaks on Polish (mostly) and international conferences. Continue reading