[BSDcert] Disclosure of test questions
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Wed Mar 30 21:28:00 EST 2005
David TAILLANDIER wrote:
> If the BSD certification group is somewhat open, how do you plan to
> create tests without people knowing the answers ?
> The tests then have to be prepared by trusted people, using a private
> mailing list or website.
> Not only the answers have to remain secret. The questions have too.
> Otherwise anyone can list the questions before taking the test, learn
> the good answers and then go to pass the test without any real
> knowledge. Just memory.
> In this case, the BSD certification group is not something 'open'
Why is that a problem in this respect? It makes perfect sense to me. A
nonsense way to "close it up" in the manner which you are speaking is to
make people first join a member's group for an annual fee, then charge
an exhorbent rate for testing fees after a formal pre-test test
screening, and then provide the only information about the tests or
certification program through "official channels", and then require
recertification every N years according to points earned at "certified"
seminars, conferences, and training centers, again for an annual
Should the BSD certficiation group ever become this "not open", then
I'll begin to worry. Protecting the integrity of the certification
material from the public hardly seems a negative closing to me.
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