[Consumer Alert] – It is my intention to investigate this matter objectively with as much information as possible to assert the veracity of the website’s claims.
Now that PMI has issued its first PMI-ACP certification holders, many training providers and professionals are very interested in seeing the final form of the test. Some training providers are interested in how they can better help people prepare for the exam. One such training provider, AgileExams.com, popped up on many people’s radar through their marketing campaigns as the #1 PMI-ACP Exam Prep Resource with over 100 years of combined experience in Agile and exam development.
As a potential purchaser, and savvy-interweb-netzien, I decided to do some research before I signed up for an account. Hey, it’s important to research before you buy, right?
It seems that AgileExams.com may not be keeping it’s promise that you’ll “Pass the Test” as their Trade Marked tagline goes.
Reading through the testimonies, they gave the impression that AgileExams.com helped them pass the test. Ok. I’m interested. PMI.org has an open search portal to verify credentials, so I checked that out.
As I typed in some of the names on the testimonies page into the PMI database, I could not find any evidence that they passed or are even registered with PMI.
Further, there is one testimony on the front page of AgileExams.com that is dubious indeed: I couldn’t find the person to even exist in the registered PMI database as a PMI-ACP credential holder.
[How did we verify this? A simple search of all the names from the testimonials from: https://certification.pmi.org/
[[**EDIT** – It has come to my attention that the individual is indeed a PMI-ACP credential holder and did indeed fill out the testimony. His full name did not come up in the PMI database. We apologize for this incorrect finding.]]
In regards to the percentage pass rate, the fact is, that number seem to have jumped a % from 96% stated in an email from AgileExams to it’s members, to 97% on the website:
(76/79) = 96.202% – Maybe just rounding up? Or maybe they received more respondents after the email was sent?
As a potential customer, I find it necessary to do diligence before I purchase something. I even emailed the owner of AgileExams.com, about the % and the testimonies not matching up.
Here is the response I received from William Fumey, the owner and operator of AgileExams.com, pertaining to the discrepancies I found:
1) Testimonials are submitted openly from anyone on the web.
2) The user determines how they want their name to be displayed on the site
3) The name may not be an exact match for their name in the PMI-ACP database or the user may have opted out of the PMI DB. This does not mean that the person doesn’t exist. Some people choose to use pseudonyms online for privacy reasons.
4) Our pass rate was the result of a survey of our users. Testimonials were written by users before and after exam results were released.
What do you think?