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Microsoft Certification Exams Now Available Online
two kinds of Microsoft certification can now be taken online from remote
agreement between Pearson
VUE, which provides computer-based testing for a
number of different certification programs, and Microsoft,
exams for the
Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Technology Associate
certification can be taken via "online proctoring" as well as the
on-site testing locations already available.
means that certification candidates who do not live within easy
travel distance of a live testing center can take them in their homes or
office, all while protecting the integrity of the certification process.
for the online exams will pay the same price as those taking onsite
arrangements will be required for individuals who want to take the
exams from their homes or offices. For one thing, a clean, private room
office with desk space must be clearly visible via webcam. Candidates
supervised in real time for the exams by Pearson VUE employees using
microphones and other security protocols.
the exam must also undergo an ID check with a greeter before the testing
begins. The proctor has been trained to look for signs of cheating and
require the test taker to do a visual sweep of the room with the webcam
about adding convenience by enabling people to take an exam where they
or work," said Microsoft Learning Experiences General Manager Alison
the two Microsoft certification programs can still take the test onsite
through the end of the year at either Pearson VUE or Prometric testing
However, beginning Jan. 1, Pearson VUE will be the exclusive exam
Microsoft certification programs.
to see where this partnership takes us," said Pearson VUE President and
CEO Bob Whelan. "We're changing the landscape to increase skills
open new doors to career success."
for the online testing will be available through the end of the year
only in the United States. After Jan. 1, it will be available around the
to take either online or onsite tests can register at microsoft.com.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.