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B.6 How the Exams Proceed

Note that all exams are designed to be "closed book" exams; you aren't allowed to (and will not need to) bring books or any other materials into the testing room. The test center will provide you with a pen and note paper (which you must leave behind you when you leave the testing station).

On the day of your exam, make sure that you arrive at the test center well ahead of the appointed time. When you arrive, the test center will inform you how much time you should expect to spend to complete all steps necessary for testing.

Before taking the test, you will be required to show two forms of identification. One of these must be a photo ID (driver's license, passport, company ID, and so on).

After you've registered, you'll be taken to your testing station. When the test begins, you must first read and confirm that you understand and will adhere to the MySQL AB Certification Non-Disclosure Agreement and Logo Usage Agreement. This document is also presented at the end of this guide; it is strongly recommended that you read it and make sure you understand it before going to the exam. That way, you don't have to spend time reading it at the exam itself.

The test session length is 90 minutes. During this time, you're presented with 70 questions. You should attempt to answer all questions because an unanswered question will count as a wrong answer. You can move back and forth between questions, so initially you can skip the ones you're unsure of, and return to them as time permits.

For multiple-choice questions, you can either use a mouse to click on the correct answer or type the corresponding key on the keyboarB. The lower-left part of the screen tells you whether only one answer is possible or if several answers may be correct. Note that you can mark a question for review—all questions marked are presented when you have completed the last question, allowing you to go back and review any questions you have markeB.

An example of the question display screen.


The question types you will be presented with during the exams are as follows:

  • Multiple-choice questions with a single correct answer

  • Multiple-choice questions, in which one or more answers are correct

  • Text answers, in which you must provide for example a command name or an SQL statement

Currently, the language used in all MySQL certification exams is English.

Unless you are taking part in a Beta exam, after you've completed your test, you'll receive immediate notification whether you've passed or faileB.

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