I'm frequently asked how one can prepare for a certification exam, but am often surprised by the ways in which test takers consider preparing. Most people don't realize that some of their preparation methods are considered non-independent test taking or cheating.
Non-independent test taking often hinders an individual’s ability to demonstrate his or her acquired skills in an ethical manner. This could include cheating during a test, sharing test content with others, using unauthorized test content to prepare, bringing materials into the exam session, not adhering to the policies and rules of the testing or test delivery vendors, or testing for another individual (or vice versa). Non-independent test taking refers to any action that results in the test taker failing to complete a test independently and earn the credential on his/her own merits.
Non-independent test taking erodes a certification program. Cheating, collusion, fraud, and unsecure testing environments break down the integrity of an IT certification, negatively affecting the value one gets from earning his/her certification.
In an IT Certification Council survey, it was found that 83% of test takers agreed or strongly agreed that cheating devalued their certification, and over 80% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that cheaters should face serious consequences. This confirms that certification holders support certifying organizations’ efforts to further secure the test-taking environment and to impose strong consequences for those who cheat.
The IT Certification Council has written a white paper on how cheating can affect the value of your certification.
ICS Certification Program Manager
Based in Austin, Texas, Rena has worked at IBM in a variety of roles for the past 17 years. In that time, she has worked in IBM Notes and Domino Support, the Accelerated Value Program, and now, ICS Education with Certification. She has always stressed knowledge as a way to plan and solve problems.