Over the weekend I read a news story from a UK news website. An IT guy’s son started to take an interest in his practice network at home, and before he knew it, the boy was cabling it all up and creating domains.
He took the Microsoft MCP exam this week and passed!
I was left with mixed feelings about this, as you can imagine. I think kids should be having fun and interacting with other kids – but those are just my values, I think.
I’ve taken a few MCP exams over the years and eventually passed my MCSE. Every one of them was hard and I had to study for several weeks for each of them. Then a 5-year-old rocks up and passes one.
So either this kid is some sort of prodigy or we have to ask ourselves why we are making such a big deal out of the entire studying and exam-taking process.
In all my years in IT I’ve found it hard to prioritize time, get motivated to study, learn the technology and deal with exam nerves. Most 5-year-olds have just learned how to wipe their own butts and not pee their pants!
I don’t have any advice here but I’d encourage you to read the article and draw your own conclusions, and reevaluate how you see the entire exam-taking process.