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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is eCertifications?

2. Why do I need certifications to get ahead?

3. What types of tests are available?

4. Do I need special software to use this site?

5. What do you mean by Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) and why is it important?

6. What does it cost to take a test?

7. What if I fail a test and need to take another one?

8. How often do you upgrade the tests?

9. How do you know when someone is taking a test for another person?

10. How long do you keep a certificate on file?

11. How do I obtain a hard copy my certificate?

12. How can employers have their new hires tested and track their progress?

13. How do I change my profile settings?

14. How can I get my forgotten PIN or password?

15. How do I obtain a logo if my certificate?

16. How can you be sure that the person who claims to take a test is who he/she really is?


Answers

1. What is eCertifications?

The concept of online eCertifications was first developed by eCertifications.com to certify and authenticate federal contracts.   Developed by eCertifications.com, eCertifications is the leading Internet Certification Authority (TM) which provides online skills assessment and candidate testing.  Tests are provided in dozens of subject areas including Cloud Security, Incident Response, Python, Amazon Web Services, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Web Services, Java, JavaScript, HTML, XML, C, C++, Oracle, Unix, Web Security, SAP/3 and e-commerce to name a few.   Candidates who register FREE may take one or more exams in a timed fashion.

Each test contains between 25 and 90 questions and problems that are randomly selected among a pool of 30 to 100. The tests are administered in real-time and can last between 30 and 60 minutes per test.

At the completion of the test, the candidate is scored. For a passing grade, an eCertificate in PDF format is issued and displayed or downloaded. 

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2. Why do I need certifications to get ahead?

According to several published studies by several publishing and professional organizations including IDC http://www.idc.com, EarthWeb GoCertify http://www.gocertify.com, and Ziff-Davis Publications http://www.ziffdavis.com, obtaining certification in a particular field provides significant advantages in increased salary, advancement, and recognition.  These studies suggest that certification provides the single most important measure of success which results in increased overall employee compensation (by as much as 30%) and benefits.  To fill this vacuum, eCertifications.com is the source for independent certification and skills assessment on the Internet. With more than 1.5 million candidates certified so far, eCertifications continues to provide online skills assessment and certification.  eCertifications benefits are:

  • Higher pay by as much as 30%.
  • A free hardcopy of the eCertifications certificate with official logo and stamp in high quality PDF format.
  • A professional emblem for your resume.
  • Online verification of test results by existing or prospective employers.

For additional information, please visit http://www.ecertifications.com/benefits.html or visit our reports collection at http://www.ecertifictions.com/reports/list.html.

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3. What types of tests are available?

At present, there are dozens of tests available with additional tests added each week.  These include tests in C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Amazon Web Services, Incident Response, HTML, Oracle7, Oracle8, ColdFusion 4.x, SAP/3, SQL Server 6.5, Windows NT, and Visual Basic to name a few.  For a complete list of the tests, please visit http://www.ecertifications.com/certmain.html.

 

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4. Do I need special software to use the site?

No, access to eCertifications is possible using any Java-enabled browser. For best use, Netscape Communicator 4.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher is required.

 

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5. What do you mean by CAT and why is it important?

Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) was originally developed by IBM Corporation.  It provides the means to present a test to the candidate with the questions getting progressively harder as the user answers them correctly.  Therefore, CAT is more useful in assessing user skills since it presents real life challenging scenarios where the test becomes harder as the candidate continues ahead.

 

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6. What does it cost to take a test?

None. The tests are available FREE for a limited time only.  Most tests cost over $30 to administer with our competition charging $40 or more per test.

 

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7. What if I fail a test and need to take another one?

For now, you can take the test as many times as necessary.  This method is helpful if the user is training for a particular career and needs to be proficient.  However, in the future, we may limit this to 1 or 2 times so that its usefulness is maximized.  Although the questions are chosen randomly and timed, it will ultimately get easier to take the test if the user continually takes the test.  However, a true measure of the test is if the user takes it once only (as would be done in real life scenarios).

 

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8. How often do you update the tests?

The eCertifications tests are updated regularly with new questions or problems.  Also, new exams are added each week.

 

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9. How do you know when someone is taking the test for another person?

The tests are administered on an honor basis.  Therefore, we ask that the user self certify his or her identity during the registration process.  However, research by a Ziff-Davis indicates that the vast majority of users are honest when they are taking online tests, particularly if it is time limited.  However, we employ several security features (such as capturing IP) as a means to discourage this practice.

 

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10. How long do you keep a certificate on file?

eCertifications tests are kept on file permanently for candidate access and review.  However, since technology is rapidly evolving, the validity of each test is 12 months from the date last taken.  Therefore, we ask that each candidate continue to take the exam yearly.

 

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11. How do I obtain a hard copy of my certificate?

In addition to online transcripts, hard copies of certificates are available in professional quality PDF formats and may be downloaded directly from our Web site.  To view and print a certificate, you must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader which may be downloaded from Adobe's Web site http://www.adobe.com.  The benefit of having a certificate downloaded this way is that it is available any time anywhere and as often as you want.  In fact, instead of sending a photocopy of your certificate to a prospective employer, simply have the employer download a copy from our site.  To view or print your certificate, simply go to http://www.ecertifications.com/checkexam.cfm or CHECK RESULTS in our home page.

 

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12. How can employers have their new hires tested and track their progress?

Currently, thousands of engineers, programmers, and technicians from hundreds of professional organizations around the world have taken our skill assessment and certification exams.   In fact, many employers have signed up to use our tests as a valuable tool to assess new hires or even existing employees.   Using our state-of-the-art testing engine, an employer may test employees or new hires directly from its own Web site.  All it takes is a simple link from the employer's Web site to our co-branded site. There are no complicated programming requirements or special codes needed to setup. This capability   enables an employer to test and track prospective employee progress prior to hiring them.  The tests may even be used to evaluate existing employees prior to a promotion.  To sign up for this service, please register.  If you have already signed up for this service, you may login to your account and view test results.

 

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13. How do I change my profile settings?

Profile settings such as PIN, password, name, postal address, etc. may be changed in your record.  To view your personal information or make any changes to your profile, login here.

 

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14. How do I get my forgotten PIN or password?

Your PIN and password may be sent to the email you used during the registration process.  To have this information sent to you, visit http://www.ecertifications.com/getpassword.html.

 

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15. How do I obtain a logo of my certificate?

You can download any number of eCertifications.com logos and use them on your Web site or even past them on your resume.   Since eCertifications tests are recognized by many recruiters and employers worldwide, having the logo on a resume could be very useful.  To obtain a logo visit here and use your right mouse button to save the image in GIF format.

How can you be sure that the person who claims to take a test is whom he/she really is

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16. How can you be sure that the person who claims to take a test is whom he/she claims to be?

Currently, there are no universally verifiable, effective, or pragmatic processes that can assure 100% user identity on the Internet.   However, there are mechanisms (such as 3 factor authentication) built into the system that is intended to improve the integrity of test takers.  This includes timing each test and limiting the number of same test that are taken over a period of time.  Additionally, we track the domain IP from the user took an exam.  Since test questions are randomly selected and are computer adaptive, we encourage employers to revalidate a candidate's skills by requiring them to retake one or more exams in a monitored area such as an office.

 

 


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