I’ve previously shared my excitement over the coming Oracle Certified Professional exams for MySQL 5.6 (both Developer and DBA), and I’m putting my (employer’s) money where my mouth is – I’ve registered to sit for the DBA exam in early November (some test sites have limited opportunities; interested candidates should consider booking now). Here’s why I think others should do the same:
During the beta period (through December 14), the cost of the exam is only $50 USD. That’s barely more than the cost of a book or study guide these days, and a significant savings from the normal exam prices.
Those who pass the exam will be given a full certification – not some lesser “beta certification.” There’s no distinction between those who pass the exam during the beta period and those who pass later.
Help produce better exams
Beta test takers contribute to better exams – the results are analyzed to find the best (and worst) questions to indicate success. Those questions which don’t correlate to overall success on the exam are left off the production exams.
This last point raises the only real drawbacks in taking a beta exam. Because questions are being screened as well as candidates, exams consist of 150 questions instead of 70, making the time commitment larger (3h). Since certain questions will be discarded based on low correlation to overall success, it also means candidates must wait until the end of the beta period before results can be provided. If you can deal with a longer test and subsequent wait for results, this beta exam is a great, low-risk way to get your MySQL 5.6 certification – all while helping ensure the final certification exams contain the most relevant questions.
Consider registering today!