What to do when you just CAN'T find legitimate study materials.

So, you're looking for legitimate study materials? Ok, let's assume that you've been searching for months and that you've exhausted all your resources trying to find these seemingly non-existent legitimate materials. You've been to the Certification Vendor's website; you've visited all the top Practice Test Providers ("PTP"), including MeasureUP, SelfTestSoftware, PrepLogic, and Boson; and you've used CertGuard's Advanced CertSearch, hoping to find a legitimate PTP that you can use; but you still can't find the information you need to pass that certification exam without putting your certifications at risk. You may have just found one of "those" exams.

Unfortunately, it happens more often than you might think. We're often asked for legitimate study materials to specific exams and we're finding it more and more difficult to send individuals to legitimate sources if there are none to be found. So, is it really a wonder that so many people are hitting the braindump sites when the only study materials to be found are illegal?

We've got a pretty extensive list of Legitimate Practice Test Providers ("PTPs"), 263 Safe Sites to be exact; and of those sites, we have often had trouble finding information on certain exams. Cisco's 642-355 is one that has been around for quite some time now, yet the only study materials (currently) out there for this exam are the actual questions and answers that can be found on many different braindump sites. So why aren't there any legitimate practice tests for certain exams?

Before we go any further, we want to emphasize that we are NOT placing any blame on the Legitimate PTPs, nor do we want them to do anything that would jeopardize their operation. We are merely noting simple facts.

We've discussed this issue with personnel from a couple different PTPs, and have been told by most of them that they cannot devote the resources to creating study materials if they feel those study materials will not make them a profit. Unfortunate, but true. It's a matter of good business sense on the part of the PTP. If an exam isn't a "popular" one, the PTP could actually stand to lose money on the creation of the study materials. Doing so just one too many times could cause the PTP great financial difficulties; more than that could cause them to close their doors permanently. So I can understand why it's not a risk they're willing to take, but at the same time doing so opens the doors to the braindump market.

We don't want the legitimate PTPs to feel like they're the problem, they're NOT, the real problem is that the resources required to create braindumps are both minimal and highly profitable for the braindump companies. There are very few PTPs that can compete with a $10 Million per year illicit market and those that can are still not willing to risk the money required to create an exam for just a handful of exam candidates.

<pep_talk>For those of you lucky enough to have chosen a certification path that leads you down a long and winding road of emptiness, don't lose hope and don't fall prey to the illegal braindumps out there. The best thing you can do is spend as much time as possible with the equipment/technology, learn it inside out, forward and backward, and get the experience required to pass the exam. You may have to take the exam more than once, but you will pass that exam; with or without that practice test.</pep_talk>

If you or anyone you know has run into this problem, there are numerous ways to get ahold of us. Let us know so that we can try to find a PTP that can help you.

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