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Denise Advincula
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I am planning to practice SCJP by commercial mock exams hence I browse these mock exams suggested in the FAQ. I went to the popular ones and they are offering free trials. However when I tried to download some of the free trials, they're in exe format. And one of the support teams also confirmed that the trial and the product itself won't work for Mac.

Are all the commercial mock exams always for Windows only? Are there any good ones for Mac?

It's just frustrating because for now I couldn't get any VMWares yet.


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marc weber
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I know Whizlabs is limited to Windows, but I don't know about the others. (Whizlabs asked me to review one of their products, but when I found it only worked on Windows, I declined.)

I would encourage you to send email to these companies asking them about non-Windows platforms. I don't think they realize how many of their would-be customers are Mac users.


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Denise Advincula
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Thank you!

Enthuware's trial is in exe format. So I feel that the product would also be the same. JavaBeat is providing an Ebook of Mock Questions so it can run on a Mac (of course it will). The ebook will be very helpful but if I want a simulation of the real thing, why would I use an ebook?

Unfortunately these products (Whizlabs, Enthuware and JavaBeat) are my top choices. I didn't expect that most of them will ONLY work for Windows. The K&B CD that won't work on my Mac was frustrating enough. I'll probably send emails as what you've suggested. OR get one of the VMWares, or an upgrade to Leopard.. But well if the budget is too limited, options will be limited as well.

They are all Mock Exams for Java. How come they're not developed using Java? This might not make sense, just wondering though...
[ August 21, 2008: Message edited by: Denise Saulon ]
Andrew Monkhouse
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Originally posted by Denise Saulon:
Enthuware's trial is in exe format.

They have a Java version as well - worked perfectly on my Mac mini.

Originally posted by Denise Saulon:
The K&B CD that won't work on my Mac was frustrating enough.

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How come they're not developed using Java? This might not make sense, just wondering though...


I have a recollection of either Kathy or Bert (also a Mac fan) commenting that they were well aware of the problems that this caused, however Osbourne (their publisher for the SCJP book) required them to use the "standard" testing framework that Osbourne use for all their cert books, and that was a windows app.

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Joe Trevithick
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Enthuware is REALLY good.I've been using it on my MacBook. No problems.
I run parallels to run the Windows platform one I had before buying my MacBook. I won't buy from any company that acts like that anymore, if it won't develop for all platforms.
http://www.enthuware.com
Don't forget there are various online mocks too, if you just want questions. Enthuware's JQPlus is a simulator with really good questions, and lots of them, and it times you. Hope this helps.
 
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