Microsoft makes certification exams open book

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Microsoft has announced that it will make some of its certification exams open book, allowing candidates to access Microsoft Learn during the test.

The change will take effect on August 22, 2023, and will apply to exams for Azure Administrator, Developers, Solutions Architect, DevOps Engineer, Microsoft 365 Modern Desktop Administrator, anf Enterprise Administrator

Exams at Associate, Expert, and Specialty levels of competency will all offer access to the Learn portal. The material will become available for all role-based and specialty exams, in all languages, by mid-September 2023.

Looking up material on Learn won’t stop the clock during an exam, and the experience of taking the test will remain unchanged, other than allowing candidates to open a window in which to view the educational portal.

According to Microsoft, allowing candidates to view Learn on the web doesn’t allow them to visit a search engine, GitHub or any other internet resource. The company says that the change is intended to make the exams more fair and accurate, as it is unrealistic to expect candidates to memorize information that they can easily find online.

The sources for this piece include an article in TheRegister.

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