From Cheating 2.0 to Security 3.0

Certification exams are a measure of qualification increasingly relied upon to gauge an individual’s knowledge, skills and abilities. The results of these exams are used by managers for employment decisions and by government agencies and the general public when seeking qualified professionals.

And, particularly in tough economic times — with unemployment rates soaring — picking up added skills can mean the difference between landing a job and being first runner-up. Unfortunately, however, lying about those skills by cheating or fudging resumes becomes increasingly tempting.

A desperate candidate might try anything to get ahead, including securing advance copies of an exam, computing answers using hand-held computers or high-feature cell phones, or hiring someone else to impersonate him or her at the test center. These advances in cheating technology — otherwise known as cheating 2.0 — may seem insurmountable, but test sponsors and service providers are fighting back. As the technology that can be used to cheat evolves, so too does the technology used to prevent it.

Security 101: The Basics of Prevention

Any test worth taking occurs in a proctored environment: either a brick-and-mortar test center or another type of a facility where proctors are brought in specifically for the testing event.

First and foremost is maintaining a safe and cheat-free testing environment. Test center operators have a waiting space along with a separate “testing room” to delineate the secure testing environment from the registration and intake area. Generally, nothing outside of the test candidate’s physical body…



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