Microsoft sues site for selling exam answers

By Justin Mann on August 19, 2008, 9:00 AM
Since tech companies began developing industry certifications, an arguably larger industry has cropped up dedicated to helping people study for and pass these exams. It ranges from courses, online or otherwise, to study books, practice exams and, apparently, outright giving people the answers. The latter is what has earned the ire of Microsoft, who has sued a site that was directly selling answers to questions found on various Microsoft certifications.

The company, Pass4sure, prided itself on their namesake making sure you passed the certification in question. Their method was to apparently actually sell the questions and answers to the test, which defeats the purpose of taking it in the first place. They went so far as to offer refunds to those who don't pass, a claim that the majority of companies selling test preparations do not make.

At the moment, the company has apparently been served an injunction and is complying. If they truly are outright selling answers, Microsoft took the right step. Given the enormous number of other sites who sell preparation exams, they definitely went above and beyond what Microsoft finds acceptable.

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9Nails said:
Certifications on the whole are useless. I can't say that I know many IT shops who put any faith in certifications. The primary problem with Certifications is that they're purposefully broad in scope and written only to confuse the test taker - by providing multiple correct answers of which you must select the "most correct" - in hopes for a failure which generates more test dollars. Nobody coming into the industry has the time and money to retake exams, so studying the answers will always be the best way to ensure a pass on the first attempt.Even more harmful to the industry is that knowledge obtained through the certification course is widely academic and hardly equates to practical knowledge. The major problem is that if someone writes a test which a seasoned IT Professional would be able to pass, then this whole certification industry would not be necessary. Certifications only generate income to testing facilities, and does not replace working knowledge of systems. Time in service and a good reference is still more valuable than any current exam.
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