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      27.07.2009 02:38

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      I have purchased a cap with Brainbench logo on their web site. Six months passed, but I have not my order received. I tried to call them, but was bounced from one person to another. Since there I don't trust them any more.

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      07.02.2001 18:45
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      I did two Brainbench exams last year;(at the time they were free) Microsoft Word 2000 and written English and i am pleased to say that i succesfully passed them after many attempts. A basic exam costs $7.95 (U.S.), which will include the cost of the certificate itself, as well as shipping and handling. In early March, the company will be charging $19.95 (U.S.) for certification tests which will include the paper certificate as well...a package worth $58 or more! There is a wide range of courses to choose from; from healthcare to computing to management you name it. Registration is free and before you take any exams, you will be given a questionnare which of course, you can omit. The test interface has been modified and new users might find it dificult to navigate the site. You are given four questions of which you must choose the correct answer and the timer starts counting from 179 seconds of which you must choose an answer. At the end of the test, your results will become available online which means that, you can send your results to prospective employers because, brainbench is a well known company. The only drawback maybe that it takes time for them to ship your results probably because, they are based in the states. For instance, i took my exams last july and i have been waiting for my results ever since. They say it will be delivered next month. We just have to wait and see. In the meantime, if you are interested in taking an exam, go to http://www.brainbench.com. good luck.

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        29.10.2000 01:29
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        Two months after sitting seven Brainbench examinations I got an A4 sized envelope with Brainbench marked on it and 'DO NOT BEND'. My postie of course decided to ignore that, but thanks to the sheet of card thoughtfully enclosed, the certificates were surprisingly in very good condition having made the journey from somewhere far away. The certificates are printed on quality creme paper with a little gold coloured 'B' for Brainbench. Your transcript ID is at the bottom of the page, so if someone wants to verify your certificates, they can online. A nice touch. Professional looking and free? What's the catch? Well first of all probably no one in the UK will recognise them. They're recognised by a variety of American companies, but the Americans always cotton onto things before us Brits. Hopefully it's only a matter of time. However these certificates will still impress and are perfect for your CV. If you're talented at something but have no proof, then this can make all the difference. The tests are US orientated - I really only fully understood that when I got my certificate in counselling. It only had one 'l' as in true US-English. However there is no trace of Americanisms on the other six certificates. Brainbench hope that you'll buy their revision help or sign up with their partners, but that's optional, so not really a catch. Your transcript has banners on it, but they have to get the money back somehow. Not really a con either. Overall I'm extremely pleased with Brainbench and pleased as pie with my certificates. Finally I have proof I'm good with HTML which is something I've been wanting for a while. By the way, the tests are in the form of multiple choice and they are on a variety of subjects. You can sit practise tests but not for every subject. There are some fun tests as well such as one of your knowledge of Harry Potter. <
        br>A big thanks to dooyooer campb3ll for introducing me to Brainbench!

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          08.10.2000 00:31
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          Isn't it about time you had some proof of your IT skills? It adds interest to your CV, a few pounds to your salary and a lot to your ego. Okay, you know you're great at computer programming in C+ or HTML. Or maybe you really shine in word processing or MS Office. But your (potential) employer doesn't necessarily know this. You've been put off taking a course for a while because of the time and expense involved... Well, I've found a solution. Brainbench.com offers free online exams. Once you pass, they will post you a free certificate and you can also opt to post your results online. They have a huge range of courses - mostly computer related - but with a few non-techy gems thrown in e.g. written English. Because the exams are online, you can do them whenever you want. They have a searchable database of successful candidates so that employers can search for potential employees. They are mostly US but it does show that the certificates are valued by employers. The only real problem is that Brainbench.com only caters for people wanting to test/prove their skills. If you're looking for a complete course, then it's not here. What you do get, though, is very worthwhile and I would encourage as many people as possible to check it out. Give yourself some satisfaction and prove to the world that you have what it takes to pass those exams!

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            28.09.2000 20:59

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            Brainbench.com offers you online certificates for passing a range of tests. You can take these tests online, answering a series of questions in a certain ammount of time. If you then pass the test you have taken, they will send you a certificate out. This certificate shows that you have an understanding of that subject and is a great way of boosting your portfolio when looking for jobs or at school and want to make your portfolio look good for courses you wish to take. There are loads of tests for you to take, most of them are to do with computing, but there are ther tests, like english writing, and nursing etc. I havent yet recieved my certificates for a couple of tests that I passed, but it is free, you don't pay anything, so the best thing is to just do the tests and then wait patiently for the certificates to pop through your letterbox! A good site with a wide range of tests.

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            01.09.2000 20:26
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            Brainbench is a great website. It offers a wide range of online tests and certificates and the best bit is that they're all completely free. How bad can it be to get a free certificate stating how many words you can type a minute? or whatever your skill may be. There are hundreds to choose from. There are also jobs listed and there are fun tests to do aswell like how much do you know about buffy the vampire slayer? Have a look, if you don't want a certificate it's interesting to know how well your skills are rated anyway.

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            24.07.2000 16:40
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            I am disabled & confined to a wheelchair. Being a woman of that certain age (42) and having three 'grown up' children I was seen by friends & family as brain-dead. I was pestered by my children to let them teach me to use a computer (I was frightened out of my life). That was just over a year ago and I havn't looked back. The world is truely my oyster. I recently came upon the Brainbench website and found that you can take exams complete with certificates that really do arrive in the post!. I started by taking the 'written english' exam & soon had passed a total of 7 exams. These certificates may be of no practical use to me, as I am not in a posisition to be able to work, but they have given me the confidence that I so desperatly needed at a time when I was so desperatly low. I can say to myself and to others 'I CAN DO IT'.I am so proud of myself & for the first time in many years I feel I have some worth again. PS. I an going to begin my corespondance etc. from now on with ' I AM ABLE ' with your help. Visit www.brainbench.com and give yourself that vital lift that we all need sometime in our lives. Julie Clarke

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              21.06.2000 01:46
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              Brainbench (formerly known as Tekmetrics) is a wonderfully useful website, especially to anyone in a techy job. As a computer programmer, I found the tests both challenging and, in places, comforting - when I finally found that I knew more than I thought. Not all of the tests are technical. My score for written English came out depressingly close to my score for Perl programming. As for accuracy, having compared my score around (at least, the Perl one - I'm somewhat embarassed by the English one, I have to admit), it does seem to confirm my position in the hierarchy - the people that I go to to ask questions of consistantly scored higher than me, the people I would expect to be able to help scored lower. A good sign. They also send you nice little certificates, which you can take along to potential employers, or you can display your scores on a public or private web page within the site itself. And all this for free.

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              11.06.2000 00:32
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              There is a site called BrainBench. there web site is www.brainbench.com You login and can do several tests free of charge and recieve a certificate through the post. At the moment there is a special offer on where you can sit even more exams free of charge as they are not charging for them at the moment. Some of the free exams i have taken are: Computer Technician, Internet Explorer 4 User, Keyboard Typist, MS Excell Power User, MS Outlook Express, Windows 95 & 98 Power User, Windows 95 & 98 Administrator and many more. The good thing is you are told immediatly weather you passed or failed and you can resit the exams as well. The certificates are really good quality.

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