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Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)
Oracle Certification brings a higher standard of benchmarked skills and abilities, which leads to greater opportunities and higher pay packages. According to Information Week Magazine, "Oracle is the #1 skill sought by IT managers, and is the hardest to find." A research conducted by International Data Corporation revealed the following: * Certified professionals handled 40% more support calls, and their employers have reported 49% less system downtime. * For the majority of companies surveyed, the savings from increased effectiveness paid the costs of certification in fewer than 9 months.

Oracle Certification Tracks
Choose the certification path that best suits your needs. Based on the job profiles of people working on Oracle technologies, tools, and solutions, Oracle has identified the following certification tracks: * Database Administrator (DBA) * Application Developer * Web Application Server Administrator

Database Administrator (DBA)
DBA is responsible for administrative activities such as installing database, taking backups, managing and fine-tuning performance over the network, and data recovery. They have the knowledge of basic architecture of the Oracle database. This track is further divided into following: * Oracle8i Certified Professional * Oracle9i Certified Associate, Professional, and Master

Oracle8i Certified Professional
You must pass the following 5 exams to obtain your Oracle8i OCP credential. 1. Exam#1Z0-001 Introduction to Oracle: SQL and PL/SQL OR Exam #1Z0-007 Introduction to Oracle9i: SQL 2. Exam #1Z0-023 Oracle8i: Architecture and Administration 3. Exam #1Z0-025 Oracle8i: Backup and Recovery 4. Exam #1Z0-024 Oracle8i: Performance Tuning 5. Exam #1Z0-026 Oracle8i: Network Administration

Oracle9i Certified Associate and Professional
Oracle9i Certified Associate
The Oracle Certification Program begins with the Associate level. At this apprentice skill level, Oracle Certified Associates have skill sets that allow them to act as a junior team member working with database administrators or application developers.

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To earn the Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Associate credential, 2 exams need to be cleared; the first one can be taken via the Internet, while the subsequent exam must be taken in a proctored environment. You must pass the following 2 exams to obtain your Oracle9i DBA OCA credential. 1. Exam #1Z0-007 Introduction to Oracle9i: SQL This is an online exam. It is also available at Oracle University or Authorized Prometric Test Centers. OR Exam #1Z0-001 Introduction to Oracle: SQL and PL/SQL If you have previously passed exam #1Z0-001, you will not be required to pass Exam #1Z0-007. 2. Exam #1Z0-031 Oracle 9i Database: Fundamentals I This is a proctored exam that is available only at Oracle University or Authorized Prometric Test Centers.

Oracle9i DBA Certified Professional
The first step toward earning the highly respected Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) status is to earn your Oracle9i DBA Certified Associate (OCA) credential. When you are ready to advance your Oracle9i database expertise, it's time to take the next step toward becoming an OCP. Candidates pursuing their Oracle9i DBA OCP must pass the following 2 exams as well as completing at least 1 Oracle University hands-on course within the Oracle9i DBA learning path to obtain their Oracle9i DBA OCP credential: 1. Exam #1Z0-032 Oracle9i Database: Fundamentals II 2. Exam #1Z0-033 Oracle9i Database: Performance Tuning

Exam Information
Passing Scores
Oracle routinely publishes new versions of Oracle Certification exams, and the passing score across versions may differ. The passing score for each exam is set independently to maintain a consistent standard across versions. For example, to maintain a consistent standard for success, a new version of an exam, which contains more difficult questions than the prior version, will be assigned a somewhat lower passing score. For this reason, passing scores may vary between different exams in your certification track, and between 2 versions of the same exam. The passing scores provided on the Oracle Certification Program website are for informational purposes only. Oracle does not recommend an exam preparation strategy targeting the passing score, because passing scores are subject to change.

Format of the Certification Exams
All exams are closed book exams. No written materials or notebook computers will be allowed in the testing area. All questions are either multiple choice, fill in the missing word, or match these against those.

Exam Prices
The price for exam 1Z0-007 is $90 US Dollars over the Internet and in Authorized Prometric Testing Centers. The price for all other Oracle Certification exams is equivalent to $125 US Dollars, plus any local taxes.

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Where to take these Exams?
Tests for the Oracle exams are conducted at authorized Prometric testing centers worldwide. Use their on-line Test Center Locator to find the test center closest to you.

Preparing for the Exam
Once you have decided which Oracle Examination Track to go for, download the Candidate Guide for the track you are pursuing. The guide contains test topics, preparation, and registration material. It is highly recommended by the Oracle Certification Program that candidates review the Test Content Checklist before completing an exam. You may also review the Checklist online. According to Certmag's 2003 Salary Survey, * 71% of respondents felt Self-study books were valuable in preparing for the exam. * 67.6% of respondents felt that Practice exams, such as exam simulators were valuable in preparing for the exam. It is evident from Certmag’s survey that majority of respondents use self-study books for exam preparation. It also indicates that a large number of certification aspirants consider Exam Simulators as a valuable tool for their preparation. Exam simulator is a scientifically designed preparation tool that simulates the actual exam environment with similar types of questions and pattern. It is designed to help you acquire the optimum momentum required to direct your course of study. Whizlabs software is a leading provider of IT skill assessment and certification exam preparation tools.

How can you prepare effectively?
You have identified your goal and are ready to prepare yourself for these highly recognized certification exams. You want to score high, the course is large and the time is less. The Question is: * How to prepare fast and accurate? * How to focus on important topics first, master them fast and retain what you’ve learnt?

Through Simulator - A scientific method to prepare
The solution lies in the approach towards your study. One such approach is through an exam simulator that simulates/replicates the actual exam environment with similar types and patterns of questions. It is designed to guide you and help acquire the optimum momentum during the course of your study. Whizlabs has designed and developed exam simulators as a certification preparation tool, which makes use of a “scientific approach” of study. With its unique features, these exam simulators assist you in your preparation for the certification exam by highlighting your strengths and weaknesses.

“Whizlabs Exam Simulators”, not only give you unmatched and proven quality content but also help you prepare and retain whatever you have learnt all the way to your exam and thereafter. Here explained, step by step, is how it works for you!!

Step 1 Diagnostic Exam - Assess yourself
This exam with its specially designed set of questions will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses that need to be worked upon.

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Step 2 Practice Exams - Practice your skills
The set of Practice Exams available here, will help you practice more on the actual certification exam pattern.

Step 3 Customized Exams - Focused practice
You can practice again with the customized exams, but with an option to choose yourself, the number of questions, topic, and difficulty level of the questions and that too in the areas you find yourself weak. This will help you mould your preparation in the way you want.

Step 4 Quiz - Squeeze that extra second
Make your study complete by mastering how to manage your time while answering questions under strict time constraints. The feature of Quiz in Whizlabs Simulator has been designed just for this. In this feature, you’ll have option to choose the number of questions from various exam objectives and the time for which the question will be displayed. Study could never be so interesting without this feature!!

Step 5 Tips N Tricks - Dos and don’ts
There are things that you must do and there are certain others that you must not; we make sure through Tips N Tricks that you know them all. Tips N Tricks help fine tune your approach and avoid mistakes that others commonly do.

Step 6 Quick Revision Notes - Instant revisions
Here is a handy list of small pointers straight from heart of the exam course, which will help you revise the entire course instantly. Whizlabs simulator includes these notes as ‘part’ of its features.

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Step 7 Final Exam - Grand finale
Last comes the final exam with which you conclude your preparation to walk in the exam room fully confident and walk out with success.

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