- What is a beta exam?
- Why do exams go into a beta?
- Is there study material available for the beta exam?
- Why should I take the beta?
- What do I need to be aware of if I take the beta?
- If someone holds a current credential, how does this new certification program impact their recertification path?
- How long will the exam take?
- When will I get my results?
- If I passed the beta, am I considered certified?
- How will I know if I passed?
- Are there any training materials I can use to prepare for the test?
- What happens if I am late getting to the exam?
- What happens if I get disconnected while I am taking the exam?
What is a beta exam?
A beta exam allows Pure Storage to gather data on how exam questions perform before they ever impact a candidate’s pass/fail status. In the beta, we deliver all the new items written by our subject matter experts. Once we have enough candidates who have taken the items, we run an analysis on the items to determine which are performing well, and which are too hard, too easy, or potentially not relevant. Then we create the final, shorter exam form based on this information that matches the exam specifications. Finally, subject matter experts (SMEs) are involved in the standard-setting process to determine the cut score of the final exam form using the candidate performance data we gathered during the beta.
Why do exams go into a beta?
Periodically, Pure Storage assesses its exams to determine which need a content refresh. In this case, we determined that the exam needed some significant updates to include updating the exam specifications. After the specifications were updated, SMEs wrote test questions to cover new content that wasn’t included on the previous exam, ensuring that the new beta form is as up-to-date as possible.
Is there study material available for the beta exam?
The study materials will be developed once we complete the beta and have a better understanding of what items made it into the final exam. For now, you will only need your field knowledge.
Why should I take the beta?
There are lots of reasons! First, you’ll be certified before anyone else. The beta is free, and you’ll maintain your certification for longer (two years from the date the final live version of the certification exam is released). For you altruists out there, you will be helping your peers by giving Pure valuable feedback on these exam questions, and helping to determine both the final questions included on the exam, as well as the cut score. What if you don’t pass the beta? The final live version of the exam will be made up of questions you saw on the beta, so you’ll get a jumpstart on what you need to study.
What do I need to be aware of if I take the beta?
The most important thing is that you will have to wait to receive your pass/fail decision. This is because of the rigorous exam development process that Pure Storage employs to help ensure the exams are sound. The scoring of the exam isn’t determined until after enough data has been gathered during the beta. Only then will the final form be assembled, and once that is complete, the final exam score is determined.
At that point, all beta candidates will be scored on only the exam questions that were performing well and made the cut onto the live exam. Questions that are determined to be unfair, too hard, or that have other issues, will be removed before that happens. The delay in the process won’t impact your partner status—your partner status will be maintained until after the rescores of the beta are complete.
If someone holds a current credential, how does this new certification program impact their recertification path?
The new certification replaces the existing credential. If someone currently holds an existing credential, that certification will expire on their two year recertification date. As they approach the two year recertification date, they must pass the new exam and obtain the new credential.
Example A: If you recently passed an exam, you will not be required to take the new exam for nearly two years (24 months from your existing certification date).
Example B: If you have held the existing credential for the last 18 months, then you will need to take the new exam in six months time.
Of course, you may decide to take the new certification exam at any time and receive the new credential (beta participants who pass the beta exam will automatically be awarded the new credential).
How long will the exam take?
You will have 180 minutes to complete the exam.
When will I get my results?
Results will be available once the exam goes live. This can take up to two months.
If I passed the beta, am I considered certified?
Yes! You will earn your credential and it will be valid for 2 years.
How will I know if I passed?
You will receive an email from Certmetrics once the results are processed.
Are there any training materials I can use to prepare for the test?
Not yet, we will create those once we conclude the beta and identify the topics in the exam. Your on the job experience is your best training.
What happens if I am late getting to the exam?
If you are 15 minutes late, ProctorU will not allow you to launch the exam. You will need to return to the ExamStudio Candidate Dashboard and reschedule the exam. Note that the ProctorU proctor cannot reschedule the exam for you. Also, once you start, you have 59 minutes from the scheduled start time to get through the pre-checks and/or any technical issues and begin with the first item.
What happens if I get disconnected while I am taking the exam?
If you get disconnected while you are taking the exam, you need to login to the ExamStudio Candidate Dashboard, and click the Continue button. This will take you back to the exam and you can start at the same point in time where you left off. You will need to go through the room-check with the proctor.