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2 Posts authored by: Karen Origlio

Pass/fail results are typically sent 8-10 weeks after taking a beta certification exam. I'm sure many out there wonder why!

 

Here's what happens behind the scenes during this phase of the exam development process:

 

1. After the beta exam period ends, we gather all the result data and send it to our test development partner, Alpine Testing Solutions.

 

2. Alpine calculates all kinds of statistics on the result data and identifies which items are performing well and which are not. Poorly performing items can be too easy (>90% get it right), too hard (<10% get it right) or have other warnings which indicate it is not measuring what we expect. Then they recommend which items to "Keep" or "Delete"

 

3. Qlik then reviews the recommendations and every single comment entered by beta testers, which may indicate something is off or the item is unclear. Final Keep/Delete decisions are made by the Certification Program Manager, which are sent back to Alpine.

 

4. Using the kept items, Alpine assembles a new form and statistically equates it to the previous form. This is needed to assure congruence between releases of the certification exams.

 

5. Qlik receives the new form (which is a list of items to go on the operational form), and creates an exam specification to send to Pearson VUE.

 

6. Pearson VUE uses the exam specification to build the operational form, which then goes through a few QA and review cycles between Qlik and Pearson VUE. We check the exam many times to ensure there are no errors in it!

 

7. After the operational form is finalized, it is published and the exam is ready for delivery.

 

8. Then we take the operational form and use it to score the beta results.

 

And that, my friends, is why it takes so long to get your beta results!

 

Thanks to those who participated in taking a beta exam, and your continued patience is appreciated.

 

Karen Origlio

Sr. Certification Program Manager @ Qlik

Dear Qlik Community Members,

 

If you are planning to take a QlikView or Qlik Sense Certification Exam, there are instructions and guidance for how to prepare on the web pages.

 

Want to know the topics? Study the "Exam Domain Areas" - these are the topics used to write the exam questions.

 

These are EXPERT level exams, and hands-on experience in a production environment is usually needed to pass. The primary purpose of the exams is to validate the skills and knowledge of Qlik partners, so they can install, configure, develop, maintain and support Qlik products in an enterprise environment. Please know, using the QCC assessments are a good start to your learning, but these questions DO NOT represent the certification exam. There are FREE Certification Practice questions on the web pages under "Recommended Preparation Resources".

 

I'd like to remind you that discussing ANY Certification Exam content is a violation of the Qlik Certification Examination Access and Use Agreement, specifically paragraph 5, "Confidential Information and Ownership". If you need a refresher on the agreement accepted before you can register for an exam, here's a link: http://www.pearsonvue.com/qlikview/qlikview_nda.pdf

 

The exams are challenging, which gives the certifications value. If members discuss exam content, you are effectively reducing the value of your certification. Please keep ALL exam information confidential, or you risk having your certification revoked.

 

Thank you,

Karen Origlio

Certification Program Manager

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