Cheating on IT certification exams reportedly on the rise

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As the nation’s unemployed IT professionals become more desperate to get back into the workforce or struggle to secure a job that fits their skills, incidents of cheating on required certification tests are growing, according to a report from Network World.

Network World surveyed 200 IT professionals on IT ethics and found 72 percent of respondents think IT pros use “braindump” materials on a regular-to-frequent basis and 12 percent have directly witnessed someone cheating on a certification exam.

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Reader comments

Wed, Mar 2, 2011

Nothing new here. College students have been doing this since the advent of the SAT, GRE, etc.

Wed, Mar 2, 2011

braindump is when you go take an exam and try to remember everything on the test. then when you return to your computer/pda you type up everything you can remember for other people to "know" whats on the test. braindump's have been around for the last 15 years in one form or another electronically.

Tue, Mar 1, 2011 Tim Smith NSWC Crane, IN

What does the phrase "braindump" mean? Thanks

Tue, Mar 1, 2011 carlos Washington, DC

I have not a contractor( federal, DoD, and private) that does not go to before taking a test........

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