What are Certification Braindumps and Why to Avoid Brain Dumps

What are Certification Braindumps and Why to Avoid Brain Dumps

If you have studied for an exam, test or certification in the IT sector, or any other, lately, you may have heard of ‘Braindumps’ and been encouraged to use them to consider them as a valuable resource to use to pass your test. A ‘Braindump’ refers to the practice of writing down all the information from an exam after taking it, and then distributing or selling this information to others who are planning to take the same version of the exam. These are often marketed as ‘practice papers’ when in fact they are exactly the same as the real test, and so can be used to essentially cheat for the exam. This method of studying for your certifications is highly discouraged, for a number of reasons.

Firstly, this method of using ‘Braindumps’ is a very blatant and clear violation of a number of copyright laws, namely those protecting Copyrighted Intellectual Property. When a candidate sits an exam, they are agreeing to a contract known as a Non-Disclosure Agreement which states they are not allowed to tell anybody else what is on their exam so that they can use it for their own purposes. They are also not permitted to make any money off of material which belongs to somebody else, so whether distributing this information for free or for payment, it is illegal in almost all places around the world.

Passing a test because you have studied for it is rewarding and valuable to your professional career – passing one which you cheated on will lead to candidates who are certified in name, but do not have the level of credibility and esteem which is typically expected of holders of that particular qualification. If large numbers of candidates pass their exams and receive qualifications this way, the quality of the work they put out as a whole will noticeably drop over time and will lead to the qualification itself becoming devalued and eventually obsolete. By using a service such as this, you are contributing to devaluing a qualification that you hold, and potentially damaging your future career and professional life over time.


Similarly, aside from the credibility of the qualification itself, candidates who simply memorise answers to particular questions will not have a full and detailed appreciation of the reasoning behind solutions. When working in ICT it is essential to be able to provide on the spot solutions to critical situations, often ones which have not been encountered before. This requires a level of critical thinking and reasoning which ‘Braindumps’ cannot provide, and can only be gained by personal study and practice over time, even continuing after qualifying to make sure all skills are honed and up to date.

It may be that you are confident in your abilities, but simply bad at taking tests and think that as long as you can know the answers, you will be fine in the professional world once qualified. So, aside from moral and legal reasons, it is important to consider the fact that ‘Braindumps’ are not always accurate. They can often be poorly written and badly remembered, since they are only compiled from what candidates can remember of the exam, often hours or days afterwards.

This can lead to questions being worded differently, and often meaning dramatically different things as a result. If these questions are studied for, only for different ones to appear on the exam itself, then a lot of time and money has been wasted. Far better to simply study the material as best as you can, and get a well-rounded knowledge of what is likely to come up while also honing your practical and reasoning skills for future use.

When ‘Braindumps’ sell or distribute answers alongside questions, it has been found by professional SMEs that these are often wrong. This can be as a result of incorrectly remembered questions, poor candidate knowledge, outdated information on the part of those who are in charge of providing answers, or even maliciously on purpose to scam users out of money and deliberately ensure they fail the exams they believe they are sure to pass. By using this information to study, candidates are sure to fail where they previously may have had a good chance of passing if they had only studied properly.

So why chance it? If you are caught you are sure to be discredited, but even if not, there are serious repercussions for using illicit material to pass exams. Certifications are not easy to pass for sure, however the benefits that come from studying for them thoroughly and being confident in your own abilities once you move on to working professionally in the IT industry are impossible to fake. Hit the books and start practicing your skills instead of relying on second-rate, potentially misleading information which can get you in trouble and lead to some bad consequences. Which would you rather have, a quickly obtained qualification that you are not confident in your knowledge of and is contributing to the devaluation of professional work in your sector, or a well-studied for and thorough knowledge which you can apply in your day to day working life and feel confident in your application of through your qualification? The choice is ultimately yours – make sure you make the right one.

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