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Free second try to pass STS exam

Created: 18 Jul 2011 • Updated: 18 Jul 2011 | 7 comments
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Passing Symantec certification exam in Prometric is not easy. I am sure that a lot of community members who have that "Accredited" blue tag will argee.
On the other hand for partner to get specialized there's a requirement: 2 certified STS.

Person, who will try to pass the exam has a lot of job to do in their work environment. Such pros participate in lot of projects, prepare specs, setting up IT environments, etc. Thus it is not easy for them to prepare for examination, to find time for that.

It would be much easier if Symantec had some kind of incentive program for people who would like to pass STS exam. Like Microsoft has its 'Second Shot' for MCP exams. That means that the person who participate in this program will have second try to pass the STS exam for free if the first try was unsuccessful. This is the main idea.

Benefits are obvious: more people will try to pass the exam and more will pass for sure, specialists will be more confident at the first attempt, etc.

Such promos may vary:

- Get registered for STS exam until [date] and receive a free opportunity to pass the exam for free second time if the first one fails;

- Pay additional $5 and receive a free opportunity to pass the exam for free second time if the first one fails;

- Pass one STS exam until [date] and receive a free opportunity to pass another STS exam.

etc.

What do you think? If this will be realized in EMEA region - I will be the first one to register for an exam.

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StefanosM's picture

I have not given any Microsoft exams, so I have to ask how match a Microsoft exam cost.
Because Symantec exams costs aboute 30 to 35€.
I do not think that 35€ is something so expensive to talk about. On the other hand EMC has the exams 250€.

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UFO's picture

I agree with you that Symantec STS exam cost is not as big as other vendors have, it's just $40. On the other hand, Microsoft MCP exam has similar price of $60. And here we have at least two reasons for Symantec to think about free or discounted second chance for IT professionals who want to become STS:

  1. Psychological aspect. People are different. I know a lot of good pros who do not consider themselves extra ordinary and they afraid to fail exam. They think that this can have negative impact on their career.
  2. I don't know how it goes in the whole EMEA region, but in Eastern Europe there are a lot of economical troubles and situation when IT pro takes exam at his/her own cost is often a rule. Such potential professionals sometimes do not have free money to pay $40 for exam attempt. As long as preparation course cost is more than $1000-2000, it is almost obvious for potential STS that without taking a course they will not pass the exam, which means waste of $40 on fail attempt. When they will have second chance to pass for free they will be more confident that they will not lose thier money in vain.

I know that Microsoft gets more people certified when it has this Second Shot promo active. And a lot of those people do pass at the first attempt. But what have driven them was the second chance - the insurance, backup opportunity - call it what you want.

And the last but not least: Symantec does a lot of similar promos in North America. It is time to move to EMEA too.

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sandys's picture

Agree with the above 2 comments.

can this could be in asia pacific region also......

Thanks & Best Regards,

Sandy S

STS (SMP 7.1)

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Joey DeLeon's picture

Paying for each attempt puts the responsibility on the partner to "really" get it right. I don't agree with the free pass. It WILL get misused. Joey DeLeon, ITS Partners.

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UFO's picture

Joey, you're right, stating this. I agree, that when you know that you have only one attempt - it will mobilize to pay more attention for preparation. 

I beleive that most of pros will pass their exams on the first attempt. But, as I mentioned previously, people are different and those who have doubts in themselves are potential "clients" for Second Shot. And it doesn't mean that they are not competent - in the end Symantec will have additional amount of qualified partners.

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Joey DeLeon's picture

I wouldn't be apposed to a discounted rate for one (1) successive attempt.  Maybe 50%.

But I think that it should be paid in full again on try three (3).   After one (1) fail, you start to get the hang of it and start to gain confidence.  If not, then maybe the individual needs to deal with "fear" of failing first.  Get the head checked out and then come back and try the test again.  : )

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UFO's picture

Joey, your idea sounds good. Discount could be limited time offer. Anyway it's up to Symantec's marketing and partner group.

STS: DLP

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