Braindumps (was Re: [lpi-discuss] how about LPIC-2 ?)
evan at telly.org
Tue Nov 8 01:37:00 EST 2005
I'm actually surprised to hear of instances where people even mention
using a braindump to an instructor; heck, I'm surprised to know that
people who buy braindumps are even in class. In the instances I've heard
of people using dumps, they were considered shortcuts which bypassed the
need for conventional training rather than augmented it.
It's important to note that there is a situation of relative ethics
going on here, and embarrassment is not necessarily a useful punishment
for someone who sees braindumps as a matter of "playing the game" rather
than cheating. This is especially true in some Asian countries, where
certification is not seen as a demonstration of anything beyond your
ability to obtain it, but it's certainly not exclusive to that region.
In these cases the onus is on the certification body to protect the
value of the cert, but don't expect much co-operation or sympathy from
the candidates who use dumps.
What is most ironic to me is that very few "genuine" brain dumps really
are. Many are just bunches of sample questions or dumps of old exams.
(If you thought you were buying a real current brain dump but didn't get
that, who are you going to complain to?) Unfortunately, dumps that are
genuine (verified by exam takers) spread quicker than new Linux ISOs.
I think that Sandy once said that if there was a critical mass of
somewhere just above 3,000 items that were regularly rotated, dumps
wouldn't be worthwhile. VUE and Prometric have the ability to create
exams on the fly picking items from the pool (of course keeping minimum
numbers of items per subject), but that costs a little money and of
course you need that big pool of items. The thinking is that someone
prepared to do (and capable of) memorization of many thousands of items,
probably *does* have at least a minimal grasp of the subject matter :-).
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