How Microsoft protects value of certifications against cheats and braindumps

Anyone who holds a Microsoft certificate or is thinking of taking one may sometimes wonder how much value there is in this piece of paper in terms of salary or expectation of finding a job in the first place. One way is to look at how many people share your qualifications although this does not tell you if any of those people are “paper MCSEs” who do not really have the depth of knowledge and experience it would normally require. People cheat in all kinds of ways to get some letters after their names, most notoriously using “braindumps” of genuine test questions and simply learning the correct answers rather than understanding why these are right. Even on exams with some simulations, this rote-learning technique buys a cheat more time to spend on the sims by answering the multiple choice questions in hardly any time at all. Microsoft claim to be working hard to eliminate cheating of all kinds as far as possible, and you can join in a Live Meeting to find out more about this here: MCP Live Meeting: Redmond CSI: Anti-piracy and Microsoft Certification

Certification fraud is big business and a serious threat to the value of Microsoft certification exams. Cheaters, braindumps, and sometimes even the actions of your well-intentioned peers can damage the reputation of your hard-earned Microsoft credential. Come to this session to learn what Microsoft is doing to protect your certifications from braindump providers, proxy test-takers, and score-report fakers. You’ll hear how technical innovations in the exams themselves, our piracy teams, and YOU are helping to reduce cheating in the world of Microsoft certification.

This meeting will be offered twice to accommodate worldwide calendars

This online event is on June 25th 2008 at 7:30 am Pacific time (What time is this in my region?) and later at 5:00 pm Pacific (What time is this where I am?) – use the online registration button at the top of the page to register for either of the two sessions.

Thanks to Trikah for the heads up.

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5 Responses to How Microsoft protects value of certifications against cheats and braindumps

  1. Margie says:

    Is there information somewhere to see what has been spoken on during the live meeting? unfortunately I am only seeing this message today.

  2. Adam Vero says:

    Absolutely, follow this link to the recorded version of the event

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think the concept behind braindumps is not cheating. I think it’s the way you apply the braindumps.

    Some people don’t even turn a page before going into the exam and use just the braindumps, which is certainly a way of cheating.

    However, there are people out there who DO open the books, study and read the books thoroughly and THEN use the braindumps to enhance their knowledge, this is more of a genuine way and the proper way of applying the usage of braindumps and that’s really how it should be, because you’ve sat down, read about a topic, and applied your knowledge by testing your knowledge on the braindumps, therefore, when going for the exam you’re well prepared.

  4. Joe says:

    “However, there are people out there who DO open the books, study and read the books thoroughly and THEN use the braindumps to enhance their knowledge”

    What a joke!! Keep trying too justify using your brain dumps!! If you studied so hard why would you possibly need a brain dump to pass the exam. This is not “enhancing your knowledge”, its flat out cheating!! If Microsoft wants to fix this they should make all the exams hands-on like Redhat and Ciscos CCIE this would weed out the cheats.

  5. Adam Vero says:

    @Joe – unsurprisingly the person defending their use of braindumps is one of the very few people to comment on my blog anonymously – most people are happy to show their name.

    Test questions are often freely available – sometimes on time-limited trial from the big test prep companies as a taster to get you to buy their products, or included on the CD/DVD with study guide books, or just from generous sites such as MCMCSE.com. These are not braindumps and are a valid way to learn, testing your knowledge so you can focus on weak areas.

    Anything which includes material from the real exams in any form are copies of the questions and should be considered cheating by any right-thinking individual (even the ones which are very roughly anonymised so Contoso plc becomes BrainDrain plc etc)

    The hands-on exams are great as a way to test real knowledge, especially since they allow you to answer a problem any way you like, using the GUI or a command line for example. At the moment however they have been pulled because of the technical problems that test centres were having in actually delivering the on-line virtual environments needed. Simulations are better than multi-choice and will have to suffice for now, but it will be a great day when more of the exams can move to a real hands on virtual test of skills.

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