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Brainbench Certifications

 
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Hi,
I don't know whether this is the right forum to ask this question...However I found this to be the best match...
I have obtained Java1 and JSP1.1 certification from http://www.Brainbench.com I passed with scores 3.3(92+ percentile) and 3.44(93+ percentile) Now I don't know how much these certifications hold water. Can anyone throw any light on this.
PS: I did not spend any time studying and took the tests only since they are offered free. My question is that is it worth to buy the certificates???
 
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Don't buy it . Just mention the transcript number on your resume if you want to .
 
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Originally posted by Shubhrajit Chatterjee:
Hi,
I don't know whether this is the right forum to ask this question...However I found this to be the best match...
I have obtained Java1 and JSP1.1 certification from http://www.Brainbench.com I passed with scores 3.3(92+ percentile) and 3.44(93+ percentile) Now I don't know how much these certifications hold water. Can anyone throw any light on this.
PS: I did not spend any time studying and took the tests only since they are offered free. My question is that is it worth to buy the certificates???


I am a little bias because I have passed the SCJP2, however I have recently started looking for other job opportunities and have started to see an increasing number of job postings on Dice and Monster requesting a Brainbench exam. Just for kicks I went out and took the Java 1 Certification because it was free and I passed (scored higher than 97% of previous test takers). I can tell you without at doubt the Brainbench test was much easier than the SCJP, (if for no other reason than it is Multiple choice/one answer as opposed to Multiple choice/Multiple answer).
What bothers me is I have asked some of those requesting the Brainbench certification why the SCJP does not supersede the Brainbench certifications and have not received an intelligent response (usually something like, our employer is not asking for the SCJP etc�).
I was hoping the SCJP would go a little farther in helping me bypass some of these various tests and third party certs some companies are requiring.
Thanks,
Jeff
 
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The Brainbench certifications should be put on your resume if they are impressive relative to the rest of the resume. Brainbench passes the top 40%. The certifications in more difficult areas are more difficult than those in easier areas, because of the difference in the type of people taking the exams. I have 25 Brainbench certifications, 7 SkillDrill certifications, and 3 non-online certifications. Obviously, I spent much more time studying for the non-online certifications.
I recommend SkillDrill certifications. They are generally more difficult than Brainbench certifications, requiring a fixed 70% passing score. They are also free. SkillDrill generally lists books to study for there certifications.
 
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I know one of the six big accounting firm in US accepts Brainbench Certification as a pre-requisite before it conducts interview. Even if you have an equivalent vendor certification, they don't give any thoughts.
 
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Consulting firms like Anderson usually give tests to prospective employees because they want only highly skilled employees. Brainbench competes in that area with a variety of products that are not available except through employers.
Employers are not usually specifically looking for certifications, much less online certifications when screening resumes. Online certifications can be useful on your resume in various circumstances. However, if you show online Java ceritifications on your resume but no Sun Java certifications, the impression I would get is that you know some Java, but not enough to pass SCJ2P.
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