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O'Reilly Network: Linux Professional Institute Certification, Part II

Jul 29, 2000, 20:14 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Before getting into Exam 102, recent news on Exam 101 deserves mention. The long-awaited maturation of Exam 101 out of its "beta period" occurred in mid June, 2000. This means that the wait is over for those of us who have been awaiting our test results. (I passed). However, results are not available on either the LPI or Virtual University Enterprises web sites, but were sent by postal mail on paper. This is significant, because no verification system is available to employers to check validity of examinees' certifications. The LPI plans on sending printed certificates to those who pass all of the exams for one of the three defined certification levels."

"Like Exam 101, this LPI exam costs $100 and is delivered at VUE affiliated testing centers worldwide. It consists of 72 questions to be answered in 90 minutes (in contrast to 60 questions in the same 90 minutes for Exam 101). Also like Exam 101, the numbers assigned to exam topics aren't sequential. For example, the first topic is 1.1, which is lower than the number assigned to the first topic of Exam 101. The scramble is due to organizational changes made by the LPI as their program developed. The numbering from their original setup remains to avoid a confusing migration. For examinees, the topic numbers should be used only as references. They do not relate to exam numbers or certification levels."

"I found Exam 102 to be a bit more substantial than Exam 101. Some of the questions appeared to be looking for more depth or more specific information. The questions didn't try to mislead or trick you, though, and I found nothing ambiguous or poorly worded. ... If you're a Unix administrator without direct exposure to Linux-related items such as the Debian and Red Hat package managers and perhaps XFree86, I suggest some study before taking Exam 102. Such preparation should soon become easier as books on LPI Level 1 preparation are coming to market this year..."

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