This week's book giveaway is in the Mac OS forum. We're giving away four copies of a choice of "Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite" or "Take Control of Automating Your Mac" and have Joe Kissell on-line! See this thread for details.
I failed in the SCMAD beta exam. It is natural not to post failures. But I posted my result elsewhere also just to assuage guys who passed that the result data type is not constant boolean true. As I commented on the other post, I did not deserve to pass. I do not think failure is a shame but there is a lot more motivation to post if you pass - with/without high %. But sometimes it does look a little skewed when most of the posts of SC* results are >85%. Additionally several posts also give an impression that pass % is very low. There have been posts that pass % of exams should be drastically increased. Certification exams evaluate awareness - not the ability. One cannot become a good programmer by studying 10-line code snippets without a specific objective. Hence compared to 75% score, a 95% score could mean a greater awareness of code syntax and APIs but may not make the difference between a good (or even a reasonable) and brilliant programmer. As new technology evolves, every vendor need to provide the industry probable candidates who may do well in technology. Moreover most of us give exams with little experience in new technology while trying to adapt. Setting the bar too high can only be counterproductive. Of course, what is too high is debatable. Just my 2 cents Best wishes [ April 29, 2004: Message edited by: v giri ] [ April 29, 2004: Message edited by: v giri ] [ April 29, 2004: Message edited by: v giri ]
Jim & Hakan, You'll see more than one if you read the posts. I'm sure most of those who failed did not want to post, though. There's not much reason to unless it is to share experience - to let those in the future know what will make them ready. I wish more of the passers AND failers would share their experience such as to how much hands-on they've had with the technology, how many actual study-hours were spent, what resources were used to study, etc. This goes for any of the cert forums. Saying "I passed with XX%" doesn't really contribute much to the community.