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Message Posted: Mon, 13 Jun 2000 @ 00:10:22 GMT
I am the Program Manager of the Teradata Certified Professional Program. Fred is absolutely correct (thanks, Fred), most of your questions are answered at the NCR Customer Education, Teradata Certification web site at www.global.ncreducation.com...
I've gone ahead and answered Alan Friel's questions briefly (some of which you won't currently find on the web site, but will be added to the FAQ section).
Good luck on your exams!
1. When these tests are no longer beta and released to the world, how much are they going to cost?
Answer: All of the exams but one have been released to the world (Application Development is in beta, beta period extended until the end of June). Retail prices of exams range from $100-$300 depending upon the country/region. In the U.S.& Canada, the exams are $125 for the baseline exams (Teradata Basics, SQL & Physical Implementation), and $150 for the job role exams (Teradata Administration, Design & Application Development).
2. How often are they going to be administered?
Answer: They are administered through 2700 Authorized Prometric Testing Centers worldwide. Most centers are open 5-6 days/week, often with evening hours.
3. How much time do they take to complete?
Answer: Exams are each 1 hour. Candidates have an additional 30 minutes for the exam survey and to provide comments.
4. Are study guides available?
Answer: Not at this time, but there is new courseware to help prepare candidates to get certified (as well as help do your job). Courses have the same name as the exam - check out www.global.ncreducation.com for course details.
5. Are the tests multiple choice?
Answer: Yes. The current exams are mostly multiple choice.
6. Is this a pass or fail type test and do we get to see the results of our test? If I answer a question wrong, I would like to know it. When mistakes are found with the question, how are they resolved?
Answer: Yes, pass/fail. You receive a score report with % correct by section. When mistakes are found with the question, any errors are fixed when exams are revised.
7. Are the tests based on a specific release? If so, which release and what happens when the next release comes out?
Answer: Exams are based on V2R3. Plans are in place to revise based upon V2R4 in November. Current plans are for candidates to be recertified after every other new release.
8. How many of the 'new' features (like INTERVAL data types) are asked on the tests? I usually find that new features are quite buggy and only loosely match the documentation. So are the tests based upon the documentation or how the machine actually performs?
Answer: The exams are developed based upon documentation by people with extensive hands-on experience with Teradata. Questions are thrown out during beta analysis if more than one answer could be correct, to counteract the issue you raise.
Again, feel free to contact me with questions.
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