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LPI Weekly News - 5 May 2000

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Date: Fri, 05 May 2000 13:02:00 -0500
From: lpi-announce-bounce@lpi.org
To: lpi-announce@lpi.org
Subject: LPI Weekly News - 5 May 2000

Welcome to the (seldom) weekly newsletter of the Linux Professional Institute (tm)!

LPI is dedicated to providing a standardized, multi-national, and respected program to certify levels of individual expertise in Linux. Our goal is to design and deliver such a program from within the Linux community, using both volunteer and hired resources as necessary. We resolve to undertake a well considered, open, disciplined development process, leading directly to the establishment of a recognized and widely endorsed Linux certification body.

What's News?
LBE a Success
We had a great crowd turn up at Linux Business Expo in Chicago and many people took advantage of the free testing being sponsored by Linux International. Thanks to LI and Ziff Davis for making this event possible.

101 Beta to Wrap Up

Thanks to the great turnout at LBE, we've got enough data to close the beta period of 101. The exam is undergoing final quality assurance right now and you should see your test results in the near future.

102 Incentive to End Soon

Don't forget that if you paid for and took the 101 exam, you can still get the 102 exam for free as long as you can take it by May 12th. Contact scott@lpi.org for your voucher!

Level II Development Under Way

I'm pleased to report that we have begun development of the second level of our certification program. This level aims to certify competency of intermediate level Linux system administrators.

The process for building Level II will be similar to the process used in Level I. The major steps involved are:

1. Establish the purpose of the level. This step is complete. You can view the prototypical job description for Level II at:


2. Job Analysis Study: The purpose of this is to scientifically identify the tasks performed by professionals at this level.

3. Objective Development: This stage involves writing the objectives for the exams at this level.

4. Item Development: This stage involves writing items to cover the objectives and ensuring the quality of the items.

5. Test Publishing

6. Beta Period

7. Beta Analysis and Cut-Score Setting

8. Publication of Production Exams.

We have already begun preparations for the job analysis study. Kara Pritchard, our Assistant Director for Program Development, is recruiting subject matter experts to help with writing the tasks for the job analysis survey. Actual task writing is scheduled to begin this weekend. The job analysis survey itself should begin in any time now. If you are interested in helping with any of these tasks, run, don't walk, to your nearest email client and fire off a message to Scott (scott@lpi.org) or Kara (kara@lpi.org).

FAQ Attack

Since most of this information has been added to the FAQ online at:


As usual, I'm going to include our most frequently asked questions and in response to the large number of "Are you going to translate the exams to Yiddish" type questions, I've also updated a section on translation:

Q: When are you going to translate your exams to my language? What about the testing obstacles presented to individuals for whom English is not their native tongue? (2.10)
A: LPI feels that we have to walk before we can run, so we will table this issue until we have completed the deployment of the English versions. After that, we will explore translation of the exams into other languages, providing that for a given language there exists both significant interest and sufficient resources to support a translation. We have already seen significant interest in German, Japanese, Spanish, and French translations and as we make progress on our deployment of our English exams we are continuing to seek adequate interest and resources to make translated exams available.

We understand that language is a barrier that inhibits the global reach of our exams and may introduce difficulties for individuals speaking English as a second language. We are very interested in providing our exam in as many languages as possible so long as we can secure the necessary resources and assure that we will be releasing a psychometrically valid exam. For those individuals who are seeking resources to help prepare for our exams and are not native English speakers, we suggest that you contact a local Linux Users Group (LUG). You may find one near you at:


Your local LUG should be able to provide suggestions on locating educational materials.

Q: I keep hearing that the first few exams are "beta"; what's that mean?
A: In order to assure that we've got a psychometrically valid test and to establish proper cut scores, LPI need to closely scrutinize the results of our early test takers. The exam that's available through VUE right now is the "production" exam and is exactly the same exam content that will be available after the "beta" period is over. The only difference is that you'll have to wait a 10 - 12 weeks for a snail mail letter to let you know if you passed or not, instead of the instant gratification of knowing when you leave the test center. The "beta" counts 100% towards your level one certification. Keep in mind that we need lots of early adopters for validation, so get out there and test, test, test! (The faster we can validate the test, faster we can get you your results!)

Q: Hey! I checked my score on the VUE web site and it says I FAILED! What's going on?
A: Due to an unforeseen problem with the data feed from one of our vendors, the VUE exam results web page is incorrectly reporting that everyone who's completed the 101 exam (formerly known as Test 1a or T1a) has failed. This is NOT correct. We're working with VUE and our other partners to remedy this situation for future releases of the test, and the problem will go away once exam 101 is out of it's "beta" period. Rest assured, the initial exams for exam 101 are being evaluated at LPI by hand to assure their psychometric validity and when the results are in you'll receive notification via good old fashioned snail mail. Until exam 101 goes out of it's "beta" period you can safely ignore this message. VUE has modified the web page to notify customers of the problem until LPI can find a solution with our supplier.

Q: I'm a Linux newbie, what should I do to get ready for LPI's exams?
A: Although LPI only provides the exams, not training or courseware, there is a virtual mountain of learning material at your immediate disposal. A good place to start when looking for a framework for Linux self study would be our exam objectives. This page:


links to all the objectives for our level one (junior system
administrator) certification exam. Drilling down into the detail of the exam via the POMS system:


will give you a good idea of what each objective is about, and where available, also provide you with direct links to related learning material. A similar page will exist for each exam we develop and can be accessed from:


If you would prefer to take a course or training session with an established vendor, let me suggest that you visit:


There you can find links to vendors providing training and courseware for Linux around the world. Finally, you may also wish to visit the Linux Documentation Project at:


If you are speaking English as a second language and find that you are having difficulty with the documentation that is available on the net, you may also want to investigate your local Linux users groups. You can find them at:



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