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Subj:   Re: Teradata Certification - Beta Exam
From:   Fred Pluebell

I'm not with NCR, but I think I can answer most of these questions. I'm fairly certain all of the answers below can be found on the NCR web site.

Alan Friel wrote:

  When these tests are no longer beta and released to the world, how much are they going to cost?  

The first five exams are already released and "live"; only the sixth is "beta". Costs vary but are USD $100 to $300 per exam. (The beta exam is free.)

  How often are they going to be administered?  

Exams are administered by Prometric (PC-based) so you schedule the location and time at your convenience. See www.2test.com for non-beta signups.

  How much time do they take to complete?  

The time limit for non-beta exams is typically about an hour. For beta exams it can be considerably longer. Prometric can give you details when you register.

  Are study guides available?  

No mention on the web site, so I would assume "not at this time". There are "practice tests" and "exam overviews" (high-level lists of topics) on the web site.

  Are the tests multiple choice?  

Multiple choice, true/false, exhibits, drag & drop (matching) Advanced exams also have case study questions

  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.  

It's pass/fail in terms of certification; you do get a score. For non-beta tests you get the results, including a breakdown by section, as soon as the test is over. (You don't get feedback on individual questions.) For the beta test, you wait 6 to 8 weeks for results to be mailed to you.

  When mistakes are found with the question, how are they resolved?  

Beta testing is intended to test the questions and let people comment on them. If you need a more specific answer, you'll have to ask NCR.

  Are the tests based on a specific release? If so, which release and what happens when the next release comes out?  

Initially the exams are based on V2R3. Exams will be updated after each major release (e.g. V2R4). Certification is valid for two major releases -- If you pass the V2R3 exams you're certified until the V2R5 exams come out.

  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?  

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