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No. 1

Confidence comes from knowing you really can do your job.

Imagine that as a network administrator, you're asked to use the Linux command line to allow all employees to open and read files on a certain company network drive.

What is the best way to see if you really can do this job?
Method 1: Multiple Choice Question
If you're using the multiple choice question, the question would look like this:

You are the network administrator at a company that uses Linux OS. You're asked to allow all employees to open and read a file in the Common directory in the company network drive. Which command should you use in the Linux command line?

A.   chmod 764 /common/*
B.   chmod a+r /common/*
C.   cd 662 /common*
D.   A or B
E.   None of the Above
Method 2: Simulation Question
Using a simulation question, we can simply ask you to perform this task using a simulated environment.
Example screen of Simulation Question
No. 2

Why simulation questions?

Compared to multiple choice questions, simulation questions are better for measuring what people can actually do for the following reasons:
Benefits of Simulation Questions
  1. More authentic and direct
    Multiple choice questions only ask people to recognize a correct answer, but they don’t measure if they can really do a job. Simulation questions ask people to actually perform a task. In a real-world situation, people can always check to see if they did a job right. So, you might not remember exactly how to type a command (e.g., chmod or chmot?), but there is always a way for you to verify that you have done your job correctly. This means that memorization is not really required to perform real-world tasks. Therefore, simulation questions are more authentic because they directly measure what you can do.
  2. More accurate
    Multiple choice questions only ask people to recognize a correct answer, but they don’t measure if they can really do a job. Simulation questions ask people to actually perform a task. In a real-world situation, people can always check to see if they did a job right. So, you might not remember exactly how to type a command (e.g., chmod or chmot?), but there is always a way for you to verify that you have done your job correctly. This means that memorization is not really required to perform real-world tasks. Therefore, simulation questions are more authentic because they directly measure what you can do.
  3. More straightforward and fair
    Multiple choice questions only ask people to recognize a correct answer, but they don’t measure if they can really do a job. Simulation questions ask people to actually perform a task. In a real-world situation, people can always check to see if they did a job right. So, you might not remember exactly how to type a command (e.g., chmod or chmot?), but there is always a way for you to verify that you have done your job correctly. This means that memorization is not really required to perform real-world tasks. Therefore, simulation questions are more authentic because they directly measure what you can do.
No. 3

Performance leads to real confidence

If we want to measure only knowledge, recognizing correct answers is sufficient in most cases; however if we want to assess if someone can really do the job, then we need to go beyond recognition. That's why our TestOut Pro exams are simulation-based. And that's why you can get real confidence because we ask you do the job, not just recognize the correct answer.
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