"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
"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
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