NI Certification Exams
Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:49 PM
When I took all of my Microsoft certification classes years ago to become a MCSE, they gave me the option to "comment" on any of the questions on the test (this was not timed and occured after you ended the exam but before your score was shown if I remember correctly). The comment would not affect the outcome of the exam, but could perhaps influence Microsoft to change the wording or remove the question from future exams. I would like to see a similar feature on NI's exams.
Posted 05 September 2007 - 06:19 PM
Posted 06 September 2007 - 04:33 AM
Apart from that, I had no complaints about either the original CLD test or the recertification.
Senior Test Engineer
Kennesaw, GA USA
Posted 07 September 2007 - 04:19 AM
I dunno, I think the CLAD is good for college students, the CLD is good for engineers that have been in professional business for three or so years, and the CLA for engineers that are senior and have more than 5 years experience. That said, I'm not sure the recerts are very apparopriate, but I do like the original exams. Certification isn't about real-world issues, it's about the ability to use the tool, not be a good engineer.
In my opinion, this exam contained largely irrelevant material and poorly constructed questions with ambiguous answers. Many of the questions cover arcane and trivial details that have little applicability to real-world issues. NI needs to wake up and restructure their exams so that they provide an accurate and credible assessment of the test taker's LabVIEW development skills.
QUOTE(BobHamburger @ Sep 5 2007, 02:58 AM)
It's very clear that these exams are authored by folks in Customer Education who have had little or no real programming or development experience with the tools upon which the tests are based.There's an excellent answer to this: contact NI customer education and offer to help. If you really want to further the certification process, then the NI customer education team are very open and keen to get outside assistance. Dave Corney is the guy to talk to: he's a LAVA Member, likes a good cup of English tea and is a very very approachable in my experience.