Securing Test Centers: Test Center & Exam Security Measures

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With all the recent security measures being put in place by Cisco to help increase the value of your certifications, it's got to be taking some toll on you. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, then either you haven't taken a Cisco Certification Exam recently or you haven't read "Cisco combats exam cheating with digital ID policy". For those of you that have been to a Pearson VUE test center since the new measures have been in place, we want to hear about your experiences inside the test center.
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Over the past 12-18 months, Cisco Systems and Pearson VUE have coupled with a common goal in mind; to bring value  to your certifications. To prove that Cisco has been listening to the voices of their customers, partners, and certified professionals, take a moment to reflect on certain events that have taken place within that time frame. In mid-2006 braindumps and gunmen became two of the primary focal points amongst IT Professionals. How did Cisco answer the complaints they heard? They started by reducing the security threats; first by switching to a single EDP (July 2007), then by requiring exam candidates provide "digital photos and digital signatures during the admissions process" (December 2007), and once again they increased security measures by taking Exam Data Forensics, and Program Data Forensics (April 2008).

The latter of the three you're not likely to see because they take place after you've taken the exam and the exams have been submitted to forensic specialists. But, how do you view the other measures that have been put in place? Do you see them as beneficial? Do you think they are helping to increase the value of your certifications? Are they difficult measures to deal with when going to take an exam? Have they prevented you from taking an exam in any way?

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