back to article Microsoft adds unscheduled breaks to most certification exams

Microsoft is to permit unscheduled breaks into its exams, bringing relief to students working through the often lengthy process. It has been possible to request a break in advance in the past, but leaving the keyboard without prior agreement was a definite no-no. Even with some certification exams moving online in some regions …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    As with all exams

    all passing this exam means is that you are able to pass this exam.

    Relationship to the real world ? What has that got to do with anything ?

    1. Sandtitz Silver badge

      Re: As with all exams

      "Relationship to the real world ? What has that got to do with anything ?"

      The same can be said of schooling.

      1. b0llchit Silver badge
        Mushroom

        Re: As with all exams

        The cynic's view of schooling: the effort to educate people to the level where they no longer need to be cared for by the public hand and can be handed over to the exploitable workforce.

        Only a small fraction of the "schooled" people are actually educated.

      2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

        Re: Schooling

        Well, at least schooling is supposed to guarantee that whoever it is you hire isn't going to be pissing in the corner and drooling over everyone's workspace.

        Hopefully.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: As with all exams

      > Relationship to the real world ? What has that got to do with anything ?

      I work as a solution architect for one of the big consultancies and there is constant nagging to pass one of these exams - for the sole reason that they can say we have X certified staff.

      I work with a large Government client mostly so there is no way on earth that I will get actual access to their cloud infra: any exam that tests me on the buttons to press to deploy code or to add more storage to a server is a complete waste of time.

      1. Mike 137 Silver badge

        Re: As with all exams

        "any exam that tests me on the buttons to press to deploy code or to add more storage to a server is a complete waste of time"

        Exams of this kind actually serve several purposes, for example:

        [1] they keep the CPD industry in revenue

        [2] they absolve HR departments from the perceived need to asess the actual competence of candiates

        [3] they help to promote vendor products and services

        [4] as AC points out, they raise the PR image of consultancies and "membership bodies"

        Whether or not they reflect actual capacity to deliver appears to be very low down the scale of priorities. But even non-vendor quals of this "button push" kind do no better.

        1. Dr Scrum Master

          Re: As with all exams

          [2] they absolve HR departments from the perceived need to asess the actual competence of candiates

          Letting HR departments anywhere near the process of assessing the competence of candidates is a bad move.

          Letting HR departments anywhere near candidates is also a bad move.

          In fact, HR departments are just a bad move.

  2. Mr Dogshit

    Cool

    Or it would be, if Microsoft offered certification in something which interests me. But they don't.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not worth the e-paper they are written on

    We had a contractor start with us a while ago.

    They had all sorts of certificates and certifications from both Red Hat and Microsoft, and interviewed really well (apparently, I wasn't involved in that one).

    Day 3 of their contract with us, they were looking up simple Bash scripts on Google (I mean a 'Hello World' equivalent that I would expect a junior sysadmin to know how to do).

    Suffice to say, when they requested out of the contract after a month we let them go.

    Exams prove a lot less than experience.

  4. Missing Semicolon Silver badge

    Exam technique ruined?

    So, if you read all the questions at the start (as you do if you want to plan your exam time) and you need a break, the exam is effectively over?

    Sheesh!

    1. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: Exam technique ruined?

      Yes. It's worse with some interview-related tests I've had, where there is a time limit for all questions but the system will not allow you to see any future questions or go back to ones. You have to judge when to stop working on question 1 and hope you've left enough time for questions 2 and 3. If you did and you'd like to improve your answer to question 1 in the time remaining, too bad for you. I've seen this too many times, given that not all interviewers even have take-home timed tests.

    2. Giles C Silver badge

      Re: Exam technique ruined?

      Most tech computer based exams, you can’t see the all questions at the start.

      Certainly the ones I have done is start with question 1 solve that, and then you see question 2.

      Yes I do do these and hold Ccnp enterprise, Ccnp security, a load more Cisco specialist and some azure qualifications (used to be certified Novell as well).

      But before anyone says it is paper qualification, I have been a network admin for 15 years working on large enterprise networks. There are things on the training courses and exams you don’t use everyday but you are glad you can recall them when things go wrong.

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