Have you taken a Citrix exam recently? Are you preparing to take one soon? For those who have taken Citrix exams in the past couple of years, you might recall feeling bombarded with information pertaining to our Certification Code of Conduct, Candidate Agreement and/or the 13 NDA statements that you had to acknowledge prior to sitting for your exam.

The amount of information we throw at you might be overwhelming, but it’s for a good reason. We want to ensure you are unquestionably aware of the do’s and don’ts of taking our exams. Our rules are in place to protect the integrity and confidentiality of the Citrix certification being sought. I will admit, though … they tend to read a bit like legalese, so I would like to spell them out for you here and provide some context around the process.

What, exactly, constitutes “misconduct,” in layman’s terms?

  • Sharing, in this case, is not caring! Don’t share the exam content with anyone else. This includes the questions, answers, scenarios or any other content of an exam … with anybody. Whether in the exact same words or a paraphrased version, exam content is confidential and not to be made public. This is true prior to and following an exam.
  • No copying! Don’t obtain or make a copy of the exam (either physically or through memorization). Don’t advertise, sell, talk about, post online (on social media networks, forums, chat rooms, or anyplace else) the exam and its contents.
  • Nuh uh uhhhh! Don’t use unauthorized prep materials. Examples include–but are not limited to–“brain-dump” material or other unauthorized published exam content prior to or during an exam. There are companies that advertise “practice exams” when, in fact, they are selling stolen intellectual property. In other words: don’t take shortcuts.
  • Devices OFF! During the exam, you can’t use any aids, notes, equipment, or other anything not authorized by Citrix and Pearson VUE. Period. Before the exam starts, you will be asked to power off all of your devices and remove any smart watches.
  • Leave it in the testing room. Don’t take–or even think about taking–exam materials including questions, responses, graphics or notes (in any format), dry erase boards, or scratch paper from the testing room.
  • Providing phony ID. In other words, don’t try to impersonate another person or have someone else take an exam on your behalf.
  • Tell the truth. Don’t use falsified or altered documents to misrepresent certification status. Examples include but are not limited to certificates, score reports, digital badges and other electronic media.
  • Leave it alone. Don’t tamper with the testing facility equipment or attempt to use the equipment for any function other than taking a Citrix certification exam. Examples include, but are not limited to testing computers, signature pads and surveillance cameras.
  • Quiet, please! Talking or communicating with other exam-takers while in the testing room. This includes both exam-related and non-exam-related conversations.
  • Do your own work! Don’t give, receive, or try to get help of any kind for any Citrix examination.