Braindumps, for people who are blissfully unaware, are simply leaked copies of questions and answers that are likely to appear on any given exam. They come in a variety of guises, and can be found all over the net. Rather than study the required material in order to pass the exam, some candidates prefer to simply memorize as many braindump questions as they can, hoping that will get them through. Simply put, using braindumps is cheating.
There was a time, and not that long ago, when anyone could braindump their way through a certification track with relative impunity. There were very few checks in the system to catch fraud, and many exam candidates viewed the practice somewhat nonchalantly. Even today, many candidates view the use of braindumps as a relatively harmless way to complement or supplement their overall studying regime. After all, it’s only a computer certification, so where can the harm be? But consider the consequences of braindumping in other professions. How would you feel if your doctor or nurse had used braindumps to earn their degree? What if you were in legal trouble and your lawyer was a braindumping cheat? What about pilots, military personnel, architects and so on? Would you ride in a taxi if you knew the driver wasn’t really qualified to drive? I.T. staff have no less of an obligation to their customers and employers to maintain professional integrity and honesty than any other sector.
While the overall percentages of test takers who braindump may be small, the numbers can still be significant enough to effectively cheapen a particular certification track – like Microsoft found out with their MCSE certification. The term ‘paper MCSE’ was coined specifically to describe the legions of I.T. workers who, although holding the MCSE credential, were largely unable to complete the most basic of tasks in a real-world environment. Thanks to the proliferation of braindumps many candidates were able to gain the MCSE certification with little or no real-world knowledge to back their certification up. The end result was the MCSE credential not having the same respect it once had with both employers and test takers, much to the detriment of those who had legitimately devoted large amounts of time and money in gaining the certification.