Oracle Certification Program E-Magazine
March 2013
Hi Everyone,

I want to thank you for taking time to browse the Oracle Certification E-Magazine. The certification team has been very busy lately and we have a number of items that you should find interesting in this issue.

As many of you know we recently made a change to the way that you access score reports after the exam. You must log into the Oracle system called CertView in order to see your score, review your history, download logos (along with other important functionality). There are steps that you can take prior to your exam that will make this process much simpler and I suggest that you take a close look at a couple of the articles in this E-Magazine to minimize any potential issues.

For those of you who are in the process of becoming certified, I want to encourage you to remember that it is the process of study, practice and review (as you prepare to take your exam) that will help you become a better IT professional. So please be sure to focus on expanding your knowledge and skills as you go through that process.

As always I wish you the best of luck on your certification and in your career.

Thank you!
Paul Sorensen


In This Issue:
NEW EXAM: Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration (1Z0-822)

Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration

Oracle Certification announces the release of the new Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration exam. This exam, combined with the Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator certification and a training requirement, leads to the Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator (OCP) certification. This certification is designed for Oracle Solaris System Administrators who have a strong foundation in the Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System and a fundamental understanding of the UNIX operating system, commands and utilities. This certification covers topics on core elements such as: configuring network interfaces, managing swap configurations, crash dumps, and core files.

Beta testing for the Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration exam (1Z1-822) is now underway and thus is available at the greatly discounted rate of $50 USD. Visit and register for exam 1Z1-822.

The Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration training course is recommended, as it highlights an array of advanced subjects and technologies, such as installing Oracle Solaris 11 using the Automated Installer (AI) and the Image Packaging System (IPS) for package management.

You can get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification website.


New Certification Exam Prep Seminar: Java SE 7 Programmer I (Portuguese)

I'm happy to announce the availability of a brand new Exam Prep Seminar titled "Seminário Preparatório para o Exame de Certificação: Java SE 7 Programmer I". This new Exam Prep Seminar is available standalone, and also through a Certification Value Package, which includes (1) the Seminar, and (2) a certification exam voucher with a free retake.New Certification Exam Prep Seminar: Java SE 7 Programmer I (Portuguese)

For those of you preparing for the Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer certification, this seminar is a great value and an excellent way to gain valuable insight from one of Oracle University's top instructors. This Exam Prep Seminar will accelerate your preparation, make your prep time more efficient and give you insight to the breadth and depth of the certification exam.

This type of exam preparation has traditionally only been available at the Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne conferences, but is now available to anyone through this new format. Of course with online video, you can now start, stop, rewind, and review as needed! Also note that because this seminar is in the Oracle Training On Demand format, you can also watch it on your your iPad through Oracle University's new free iPad app.

You can get more details in Portuguese here.


Common Issues With Receiving Your Exam Results

Where do I see my exam results?
You can view your exam results by going to, authenticating the account (if you have not already authenticated) and selecting the 'See My New Exam Results Now' option.

You will need the Oracle Testing ID and email address from your profile at to authenticate the CertView account.

I am unable to login to my CertView account.
More often than not, this is because you are not using the correct information to authenticate the account. You should go to and enter the email address and Oracle Testing ID exactly as it is in the profile at Pearson VUE. If there have been changes in the Pearson VUE account and less than one hour has passed, you should try again after one hour has passed.

If you continue to have trouble, we suggest you go ahead and let the authentication fail 3 times and the account will be sent for manual processing. This should take 24 - 72 hours.

I am trying to login to my CertView account but my account got locked.
The most likely thing that happened here is that you have already authenticated CertView with the email address and a different Oracle Testing ID.

If you have 2 IDs, you should contact to get the IDs merged. You could contact Oracle Certification Support for assistance with this issue, if you know that you do not have 2 IDs.

I have not received email notification of my exam results and more than 30 minutes have passed since my exam.
This is most likely because you are checking a different email address from the one your Pearson VUE profile. Check the email address in your Pearson VUE profile.

If you still have not received the email and it has been more than 30 minutes, you can login on CertView and select the 'See My New Exam Results Now' link.

I am not able to print my old score reports.
Score reports for exams taken before September 1, 2009 are no longer available.

Be Sure You're Purchasing A Valid Oracle Certification Voucher

Be Sure You're Purchasing A Valid Oracle Certification Voucher

Did you know that purchasing vouchers from a non-authorized outlet is fraud? We recently revoked several exam scores as we tracked down counterfeit vouchers that had been used to purchase exams.

Use caution - you may not even be a willing or knowing party to the fraud. Test takers are often surprised to discover that their vouchers are not valid.

Don't be a victim. Be sure that you are buying your vouchers from a reputable source.

Certification Integrity and Cheating

Certification Integrity and Cheating

The Oracle Certification program is something that we are proud of. We invest many many hours and numerous resources carefully crafting the focus and contents of our exams to be sure that they accurately and fairly measure the skills needed to master our technologies. We also invest in securing the exams to help ensure that scores closely reflect abilities. That is why when we learn of any persons or groups attempting fraud against the community and our program, we take it seriously.

We continue in our efforts to pursue and prosecute security incidents such as cheating or attempting to cheat at our testing centers, providing test questions to other users, proxy testing, using cheating materials to prepare for the exam, and fabricating score reports. Oracle takes various actions against cheaters including nullifying exam results, de-certifying candidates, and banning candidates from further Oracle testing.

We have previously posted a series where we discuss some information about cheating, who it hurts, and who it really benefits, and so you'll see links to the series below.

If you become aware of a cheating incident, please let us know. Because of security measures, we obviously cannot disclose our resulting actions; but rest assured - we do investigate these claims and respond accordingly. We are committed to preserving the integrity of your certifications and our program, and we genuinely appreciate your involvement.


Is Oracle Changing The Way That Exams Are Scored?


On November 15, 2012, Oracle Certification exam results became available directly from Oracle's certification portal, CertView. This change requires candidates to authenticate their CertView accounts before being able to access their exam results. The Oracle Certification team has developed a series of videos to help candidates through this new process.

Check back often as we will be highlighting these videos over the coming weeks. You can find all the information you will need on this new process along with relevant questions and answers on our website. As always, you can contact Oracle Certification Support if you need assistance.


Meet The Author: Steve O'Hearn

OCA Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert Exam Guide

Author Steve O'Hearn discusses his book, "OCA Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert Exam Guide".

Steve O'Hearn has been an Oracle Certified Application Developer since 1999. He has designed databases for 23 years for clients such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, the FAA, the World Bank, NASA, and others. He has served as a Chief Technology Officer, a consultant, and Instructor, and is the author of several computer books, including the "Oracle OCP Developer PL/SQL Program Units Exam Guide" and "OCA Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert Exam Guide" from Oracle Press.

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