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Tonguc Koc
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Hi all,

I was recently approaching the end of my studies and decided to register for the exam.

Firstly I tried to get a exam voucher over the Oracle Education website, however credit card option didn't appear when I tried to checkout.
Exam Voucher: Oracle Certification Proctored Exam TRY 426.00 (is around US$193.46)

When I changed my country as U.S, credit card option appear and the price has changed to
Exam Voucher: Oracle Certification Proctored Exam US$ 245 (50$ higher than first option)

Finally I decided to call one of the local office and the told me to visit the Pearson Vue website. In Pearson Vue, the price is independent of the country whether Turkey or U.S:
Exam Voucher: Oracle Certification Proctored Exam 165 GBP (600TRY=US$275) (whoo! 75$ higher than first option)

I'm totally confused about this variance in prices. Also dunno why the credit card option does not appear when I select Turkey as country in Oracle website.

What is the way to proceed here? Can I buy a voucher from another country and use it in my home country?

Any recommendation very welcomed.



 
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Regarding the prices I can try to explain the differences, but that's nothing more than a guess.

Probably Oracle uses different prices for different countries, probably based on a set of parameters (country size, popularity of java, taxes,...). That's not weird at all, other companies do the same thing. If I buy a tv in Belgium, the same tv might be more/less expensive than in neighbour The Netherlands (these decisions are also made on a set of - probably - different parameters).

Pearson Vue is the exlusive test delivery partner for all Java certification exams (and other Oracle products, like MySql, NetBeans, Solaris). So everything depends on the agreement between Pearson Vue and Oracle. But a scenario like this could be plausible: Pearson Vue gets for each test taken some money to cover their expenses (location, pc equipment, administration, personnel) and has to buy/pay Oracle for the voucher (probably a special fare). That's why this is the most expensive option (2 companies need to make a profit).

Tonguc Koc wrote:Can I buy a voucher from another country and use it in my home country?

According to this thread that's not possible.


Hope it helps!
 
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Ok, good to know that one voucher bought from one country cannot be used in another one. This might have caused some headaches later on.

I'm still in communication with customer service of both Turkey and US, insisting on buying a voucher from Oracle University in my own currency. It would be great if I can get the most affordable one, otherwise I'll take the exam in Argentina($150 in Pearson VUE, cheaper than mine own currency)during my business trip.
 
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Tonguc Koc wrote:I'm still in communication with customer service of both Turkey and US, insisting on buying a voucher from Oracle University in my own currency.

Keep us posted about this one.

Tonguc Koc wrote:It would be great if I can get the most affordable one

True!

Tonguc Koc wrote:I'll take the exam in Argentina($150 in Pearson VUE, cheaper than mine own currency)during my business trip.

Always be careful with taking an exam in another country, certainly if your (business) trip is just 2-3 days. The local Pearson VUE test centre can be closed for whatever reason (local holiday). So always verify before purchasing the voucher.
 
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Ok finally I settled down the discussion. Oracle Turkey web-site doesn't support credit card option so we need to go with cash option. The sent me a form to fill out. (I'll upload it when I go home)

I was informed that local taxes should be added to the price on the web shown in Turkey web site, which makes around 500TL(~230$). Hence the price is close to US and cheaper than VUE option.
 
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