Last week, long-time practice test developer MeasureUp (now a part of Pearson, by way of VUE, by way of Certiport) announced it has been named “the official practice exam provider for VMware certification.” Starting with the VCP5-Data Center Virtualization exam (aka VCP5-DCV), the company also plans to offer practice tests for VCP-Desktop, VCP-Cloud, and VCAP5-Data Center Design as well.
An intercompany alliance creates practice exams from the same publisher who brings you certification prep books.
If memory serves, I’ve been working with and using MeasureUp practice tests for exams from Microsoft, CompTIA, and Cisco since the late 1990s. I’ve always found them to be accurate, well thought-out, and to offer excellent coverage of exam topics, concepts, tools, and technologies. The only practice test from MeasureUp currently available is the VCP5-510, and it retails for $139, about par for a cert whose exam costs $225.
VMware is a cert niche that has hitherto been only lightly served with practice exams (and I’ve seen comments online from VMware certified instructors that claim that many of those materials are subject to error rates as high as 33% — insufficient to pass, in fact). It’s a good thing to see a solid company like MeasureUp step into this market to offer an “official” product — though I’m not sure what this really means — so that cert candidates can actually have some confidence that what they’re practicing bears some relationship to what they’ll actually be tested on.