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Cisco Certification Exams To Include Simulations
Cisco Systems has announced that, starting with the new
“refreshed” CCNA exam, simulation types of questions will become a
standard part of Cisco certification exams. According to Cisco, this means that in addition to the usual multiple-choice type questions,
candidates will be presented with a scenario and networking topology and be asked to address specific tasks by entering router commands. If you are already scheduled to sit for the non-simulation version of the CCNA exam (640-507) you will be able to take it, but you can reschedule for the newer version (640-607) if you wish. No new registrations for the non-simulation version will be accepted.
CompTIA CDIA+ Exam To Be Replaced April 22
CompTIA’s CDIA+ (formerly Certified Document Imaging Architec (CDIA) certification exam has been completely revised and updated to follow new exam objectives. The replacement exam will hit testing centers April 22, 2002. Exams cost $149 (in the US) for CompTIA members; $199 for non-members.
In other CompTIA news the new Security certification will be named Security+ after all. If you qualify as a Security+ subject matter expert and help develop the exam items, you can get automatic certification, a free CompTIA exam voucher, and a few other perks. See http://www.comptia.org/certification/securityplus/sme.htm to apply.
IBM Offers Free Exams at IDUG 2002
IBM will be offering free DB2 and Informix certification exams to conference attendees at IDUG 2002, May 12-16th, in San Diego, CA. To qualify you must be attending the conference and register in advance at http://www6.software.ibm.com/reg/idugna/idugna-i.
Microsoft MCSA Hits 5,000 Mark
After only 7 weeks in testing centers, more than 5,000 individuals have earned the new title. If this pace continues, there could be more than 37,000 newly minted MCSAs in the job market by the end of the year. Currently there are more than 436,000 MCSEs.
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