I went in with a target score of 80% and got 81%. I didn't want to spend another month or even week of studying, just wanted to get a score that I would not be ashamed to report in an interview if asked...my feeling was that to significantly improve my score would have taken a LOT more studying and I am trying to get as many certs as I can before my unemployment runs out!! Having said that, I don't think the questions were all that tricky. The ones I missed were ones where I really wasn't sure whether it worked "this-way" or "that-way" and, as I am apt to do, guessed wrong. I got 100% in four areas, and 62% in 3!!! I think that demonstrates that it was more my lack of understanding on a subtlety that lowered my score rather than inherent tricky nature of the exam. My best advice for approaching the exam is: 1) USE THE SIERRA/BATES BOOK AND SAMPLE EXAMS! Exams very accurately caught the nature of the exam (my scores on those were 80 and 84) and book really zeroes in on what you need to know to pass the exam. In fact, I believe if you understand everything in the "two minute drills" then you can't help but at least PASS the exam. 2) For my own learning style/personality, I wish that I had done Dan's mock exams earlier in the game. I saved them for the last day, and found myself getting into a mild state of panic!! They were very good, but if I had done them earlier, would have better reinforced the material and also not scared the willies out of me. I will also say that if you want to get 90+ on the exam, then you DEFINITELY should do some of his mocks. 3) Rules Roundup is a great drill and you should definitely score 90+ on this one. 4) Go through all the questions on a first pass first. My brain froze when I hit the first question I wasn't sure about, and I got a burst of confidence when I skipped it and found there were many others I just "knew". You also need to pace yourself, since there is only an average of 2 minutes per question. Anyway, I'm done with this one. Now on to the SCWCD!!! Thanks so much to all of you ranchers for the support! I love this site!! Donna
Congratulations Donna! I completely agree with your suggested use of my exam. It is most valuable during the early phases of the study process when you are trying to learn and memorize the material covered in the real exam. To make it easier to use my exam early in the study process my site offers two sets of single topic exams. One set is organized based on the Sun exam objectives and the other set is organized based on the table of contents of Mughal's book. With the exception of assertions, the questions contained in both exam sets are the same. The comprehensive exam set also contains the same questions but the questions marked "optional" have been left out. Later in the study process it is better to use a mock exam that contains questions that are designed to be more similiar to the format found on the real exam. The exams found in Kathy and Bert's book are a great choice.
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