Objective Development

The third major stage of development is to use the results from the Job Analysis Study to develop the actual objectives for the exam(s). Objectives express specific things that Linux professionals must be able to do. Each objective is assigned a weighting value indicating its importance relative to other objectives.

Initial Objective Drafting

As the first step in developing the objectives, a small group of people with knowledge of both Linux technical issues and psychometric principles drafted an initial set of test objectives, basing them upon the results of the job analysis study.

Objective Review and Revision

After the draft objectives were created, they were placed online for public review and comment. A web based system called POMS was used for this purpose. This system organizes objectives by exam and content topic, displaying the objectives themselves, along with links to additional documentation about the objectives. Public comments about objectives were collected using the web based forms. Supervisors reviewed the comments and revised the objectives as necessary. The most recent review and revision of the objectives made use of a public twiki and mailing lists for public comments and input.

As part of this initial process with LPI Level 1, the objectives were divided between the two exams 101 and 102. Originally, the plan called for most of these objectives to be presented on one exam, but it became clear that to test all of subject areas, the exam would be far longer than the 60-90 minutes normally allocated for IT certification exams. In order to be more in line with industry standards, the objectives were broken into two exams.

At this point, publishers and course ware developers could start to create training and education materials that would prepare people for the LPI Level 1 exams.