Microsoft and open book certs

Microsoft announced that they will be making some exams open book. You can only use Microsoft Learn (not a search engine) and the Technical Q&A is disabled. There’s a few more restrictions:

  • You will have access to everything in the domain except Q&A and your profile.
  • Extra time will not be added.
  • The exam timer will continue as you search Learn for whatever information you need.
  • This resource is only available on role-based exams, not fundamentals.
  • This resource will be available in the same languages in which the exam is available.

My take

I really like this. I took one certification exam that was open book – the TOGAF part 2. In that exam, you are given a PDF of the TOGAF documentation. It was super helpful as you didn’t have to memorize. You did have to be good (and fast) at looking things up. That makes it important to practice looking things up in the docs.

I think Microsoft Learn is the same. Learning how to look things up fast is a useful skill. I also like that they aren’t allowing it on the fundamental exams. That was like TOGAF part 1. You proved you learned the concepts in part 1 and then got to use the docs in part 2.

Good job Microsoft! This allows testing concepts rather than facts and trivia.

What if Oracle did this

I think it would be nice if Oracle allowed use of the JavaDoc during the exam. You’d still have to learn all the concepts, be good at identifying compiler errors, the output of code etc. But you could look something up if you forgot an API.

Happy Book Birthday! OCP 17 Practice Tests

Our Java 17 Practice Tests book has been released! This is a major rewrite of our Java OCP 11 book with hundreds of new and revised questions! If you already have our Java 17 Study Guide, you can purchase it individually, or you can buy it as kit.

The Practice Tests OCP 17 book contains 11 chapters helping you review and reinforce each objective. It also includes 3 full practice exams. All questions in the practice test book are unique from those in the complete study guide.

how to register for an exam using an oracle exam voucher

Up until August 2022, everyone used PearsonVUE to register for the exam. Now, you sign up for an exam differently if you are taking it in English. If you are taking it another language (ex: Chinese or Japanese), you still pay thru PearsonVUE (see blog post on sign up process.)

Don’t worry. The exam is still administered through PearsonVUE.

For English exam takers, buy your voucher

  1. Go to the page to buy an exam (ensure you plan to take the exam within 6 months; vouchers expire)
  2. Scroll down to the box for “Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Technology Exams”. Click “view details” to confirm your exam is still in the list
  3. Click “Add to cart”. It shows up as “Oracle Technology Exam Subscription” (it’s not a subscription though. You still get one attempt
  4. Sign in/pay

Sign up

Per Augusto Moro

After the payment was approved I received an email with order confirmation sent by Oracle with some instructions about how to activate the license key. 
The email contains a link to a page called Oracle Exam Attempt Administration Tool, [img]where I got an activation link to choose and schedule the exam. 
After the exam was beem scheduled, I received a schedule confirmation email with a link to manage my exam schedule and some instructions about the exam day.