I searched for this kind of information, but I couldn't understand if the edX verified certificate is just a file or they send it via ordinary post.

Do you think is it worth to buy that certificate or the free certificate has quite the same utility?

Thank you.

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I have been doing online courses and other similar tutorials for years and never paid for any of it or got any certificates.

I decided to do it for cs50. I have to say, physiologically working towards a certificate makes the course feel more 'real'. As though I am actually in the classes working under deadlines.

If I didn't choose the verified certificate I wouldn't be working as hard as I am. The consequence of not finishing on time would be physiologically less of a loss for me without the commitment of the verified certificate.

My advice as a former skeptic of paid certificates: If you have the money do it. But do it to push yourself towards a clear goal. Not for the piece of paper (if it is indeed paper).

  • Thank you for your answer. I have already finished the course and I find out that the certificate is not paper, just a file. So... I really think I will not buy the verified version. Dec 13, 2015 at 0:19
  • You should pay if you respect the CS50 Team Effort and for their good intention to share the CS50 for under 100$ what worth more than 2k$ ... to pay the Certificate is meaning you are saying to CS50 Team "Thank you!", when you will work on successful thing and you will share it and someone will "thank you!" you will appreciate that "gesture matters" ... anyway I am appreciating CS50 ... we are all different exactly like the "different level of education". Anyway I was suggesting it to all my friends without to get any advantages...
    – alex
    Apr 8, 2018 at 21:45

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