VMware Certification Program Beta Exams

VMware announced beta exams for vSphere 6.5 to ‘field test’ new exam questions with a live audience. By conducting these types of tests, test-level and individual question-level statistics are gathered and are used to select the best questions for the final exam.

The beta exams are offered at a very low price to encourage participation. This opportunity can be availed on a first come, first served basis. Due to popular demand, VMware recommended that it may be registered for exam as soon as the beta registration period started.

vSphere 6.5 Foundations Beta Exam

Since VMware vSphere® 6.5 was released in October, 2016, they’ve been working on new certification exams to go with it.

The first exam to be updated is the vSphere 6.5 Foundations Exam was announced on 19th December, 2016, which is one of two exams required to earn a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification. A beta version of the exam (#2V1-602) is now open for registration.

We expect this beta exam to be a popular one, so I strongly recommend you register as soon as possible if you are interested in participating.

vSphere 6.5 VCP6-DCV Beta Exam

The VCP6-DCV (v6.5) Beta Exam (exam code 2V0-622) is now open for registration. As with the Foundations exam, we expect this beta exam to be very popular, and only available for a short amount of time. If you are interested in participating, I recommend you register as soon as possible.

Beta Exam Details

Registering for a Beta Exam
  • To register for a VMware beta exam:
    • Go to www.vmware.com/certification.
    • Select the “Register Now” link/button in the right navigation menu to be directed to your Pearson VUE account. Select the beta exam title/number that you would like to complete.
  • Beta exam vouchers are not available; however, regular exam vouchers can be used. You are encouraged to register and take the exam early. Beta registration and testing can be closed earlier than the published last day of testing since only a limited number of beta exam seats are available.
Taking a Beta Exam
  • You must acknowledge the VMware, Inc. Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) prior to starting the beta exam.
  • At the beginning of the beta exam you will complete a brief demographic survey. These survey results are kept entirely confidential and do not impact the exam score.
  • Your feedback is integral to the beta testing process. We encourage you to include any comments on individual exam questions.
  • The beta period is typically between 4 and 6 weeks, but is subject to change. This is the time in which the beta exam is being delivered. The beta will remain open until we receive enough data from participants to properly evaluate the exam content.
  • You can only take each beta exam one time (no retakes are allowed).
Scoring a Beta Exam
  • After ending of Beta exam period, question analysis process started. During this time, VMware’s experts reviewed item specific data, general exam data and participant comments. The data is analyzed to determine which items will appear on the live exam. Depending on the amount of data that must be analyzed and the time needed to construct the live exam, this period can take from 6 to 10 weeks. Once the final live exam is made available to the public, we then score all the beta results against the official passing score.
  • The Beta Scoring period is the time in which the results from the Active Beta period are scored against the live exam. This process takes 1 to 2 weeks; after which you will receive your score report. Score reports will be sent out at, or very close to, the date of the live exam release.
  • You will only be scored on the questions that are chosen for the final exam. Any questions you incorrectly answered that do not make it to the final exam do not negatively affect your final score. Passing a beta exam is the same as passing a production exam. You will get credit for taking the beta exam, just as with any live exam. Please note: if you are taking a beta exam for purposes of recertifying your VCP, if the scoring is not completed before your recertification deadline, your VCP status could be in jeopardy. You should plan accordingly to allow enough time, or pursue an alternate route to recertification.

Beta Exam Status

Beta Exam Status Beta Exam Open Date Beta Exam Close Date
2V1-602 vSphere 6.5 Foundations Beta Exam Open: Active External Beta 19 December 2016
VCP6-DCV (6.5) Beta Exam (2V0–622) Open: Active External Beta 04 January 2017 14 February 2017


Source: VMware Education Blog, vmware.com


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