Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 11:44:49 -0600
Reply-To: Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
Subject: Re: SAS Certification
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S David Riba <dave@JADETEK.COM> wrote:
>Unfortunately, the only
>impartial and objective way to measure that knowledge level is going to be
>some kind of test. Ergo, we come full circle. The only objective way to
>opt out of the certification test is to take a certification test.
The problem I see with the certification tests is not that they exist but we have no confidence in them. As far as I know, they're not peer reviewed - no one on SAS-L, at least, has admitted to being consulted about the usefulness of the questions or the correctness of the suggested answers. From what I've heard, some of the test questions *are* useless and some of the answers *are* arguably incorrect. The fact that SAS Institute participated in the creation of the tests does not, by itself, mean that the tests are valid.
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