Microsoft Makes Some Certification Exams Open Book
Microsoft has made some of its certification exams open book affairs, allowing access to its learning portal while candidates sit tests. From a report: “On August 22, we will begin updating our exams so that you will be able to access Microsoft Learn as you complete your exam,” wrote Liberty Munson, director of psychometrics at Microsoft’s Worldwide Learning organization. Microsoft Learn is a portal that links to product documentation, tutorials, code fragments, and other technical material.
Much of that content will be available during exams, although a technical Q&A service will remain hidden. The open book exams will be offered to candidates sitting exams for the role-based certifications Microsoft offers for job titles including Azure Administrator, Developer, Solutions Architect, DevOps Engineer; Microsoft 365 Modern Desktop Administrator, and Enterprise Administrator. Exams at Associate, Expert, and Specialty levels of competency will all offer access to the Learn portal. The material will become available for all role-based and specialty exams, in all languages, by mid-September 2023. Looking up material on Learn won’t stop the clock during an exam, and the experience of taking the test will remain unchanged — other than allowing candidates to open a window in which to view the educational portal.