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Old 07-09-2015, 05:25 AM   #1
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LPI Linux essentials

I am about to take the LPI Linux essentials exam. However, I am unable to find how many questions are on the exam or what is the format of the exam looks like ? It is MCQ questions or what ? All I know is that I am allowed one hour to finish the exam And I need a score of at least 500 to finish the exam. Also I want to know is 500 a 50% or what exactly as a percentage grade ?

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So I go to Google and start typing in "lpi essen ..." and it auto-fills to be "lpi essentials practice exam" and then that finds 42,100 results in 0.71 seconds. The first obvious advertisement we ignore. Next there's a link with practice questions. Following is a link discussing test prep and content to be expected for it. It goes on. Maybe you ought to give some of that a try.

In my humble and also observational experience. I've done Unix, then Linux since back in the 1980s and I've never, ever discussed, nor had discussed with me, the topic of certification. No job interview has ever covered that topic. When I see questions or polls on this forum, many, many of the respondents, and many of them regulars, pretty much respond that they are not certified, know little or nothing about it. Basically they sound the same as me, they feel there's no need for it, nor has it ever come up.

I'm sure there are people out there who are certified and who believe it's been important to them. Perhaps they ought to share their stories, because I'm not seeing any.
Old 07-10-2015, 09:58 AM   #3
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I have my Linux+ certification (certified for Life from CompTIA). I can tell you that the only true benefit that I have gained from it is the fact that I can maintain my current position. In my job description, it states that I MUST "obtain and maintain" a Computer Environment certification.... so I have it, and I can continue working.

I'm not saying that having it is a bad thing, but I can't say it's a great thing either. I have met uncertified people who could conquer the world... and certified people that could barely turn their PC on, so I don't think you can truly gauge a person's abilities by the fact that they are certified.

The fact that I have the certification has never caused me issues/pain, but then again, no one has EVER walked by my desk and said "way to go solving that problem.... you must be Linux+ certified!" or "You got your Linux+, here's a HUGE pay raise...".

In my situation, getting it was just a "checkbox" on my qualifications in order to be eligible for a position; and honestly, I could have obtained a Microsoft certification instead and still held my current position as a Unix/Linux System Admin. The requirement was only for a Computer Environment certification... it didn't say which one... just another shining example of bureaucracy in action.
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Im not a full-time Linux administrator. The only reason I'm looking to get certified is to really cover areas of Linux that I do not encounter in my day to day job so they make sense and I can talk to a Linux Administrator correctly. Sure, I could do this without doing the certified study, but I do prefer a structure to start from. For me the LPI is ideal since it's not geared towards any flavour of Linux. Nothing more than a knowledge check and fill in holes.

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