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questions regarding beta exam format

Samith Nambiar
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Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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This is the first time I'am appearing for a beta exam from Sun and therefore have some questions in my head
1. I was wondering if the beta exam format is any different from the regular exams i.e are all the questions Objective types?
2. This is 4.5 hours exams for 174 questions. Are these 174 questions inclusive of Borderline Survey? If yes, then does anyone know how many are part of the Borderline Survey?
3. The beta exam allows us to provide comments while taking the exam. These comments are reviewed when selecting the final questions for the exam that is released. Does anyone have more information on this? I have queries like ... are these comments on a question-by-question basis? with regards to which factors are these comments are expected?
thanks,
/SAmith
Jason Hocker
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Joined: Jul 23, 2003
Posts: 132
Originally posted by Samith Nambiar:
This is the first time I'am appearing for a beta exam from Sun and therefore have some questions in my head
1. I was wondering if the beta exam format is any different from the regular exams i.e are all the questions Objective types?
The questions in the beta exam are like the questions that will be in the exam when it goes live... just a lot more of them.
2. This is 4.5 hours exams for 174 questions. Are these 174 questions inclusive of Borderline Survey? If yes, then does anyone know how many are part of the Borderline Survey?
I'm guessing the survey will be small. Anyways, its not like the survey is going to ask some tough questions. You'll fly right through answering them.
3. The beta exam allows us to provide comments while taking the exam. These comments are reviewed when selecting the final questions for the exam that is released. Does anyone have more information on this? I have queries like ... are these comments on a question-by-question basis? with regards to which factors are these comments are expected?
You may enter any comments during any question.
thanks,
/SAmith
Bruno Souza
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Joined: Apr 26, 2004
Posts: 17
This is my first beta exam too. I want to know if after the exam we receive the report, like the normal exam, presenting the score on each area of the exam. Any one know ?
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Bruno. :roll:
Lakshmi Saradha
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Joined: Oct 21, 2003
Posts: 170
Yes, you will receive a score report with split up scores for each section.
That was how it was a SCMAD AND SWCD beta. So I guess that should be the same now.


Thanks,<br />Lakshmi.
Marc Peabody
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Joined: Feb 05, 2003
Posts: 4727

The feedback comes 6-8 weeks later. When you finish the exam, you go home and have no feedback other than the gut feeling of how you did.


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Bruno Souza
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Joined: Apr 26, 2004
Posts: 17
Thanks Lakshmi and Marc.
So I did not receive any feedback, it's not good, but do what ? It's free!!! I hope that I get prepared enought!
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Bruno.
Sathya Srinivasan
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Joined: Jan 29, 2002
Posts: 379
The survey is almost the same as the one that you see in the standard exam. Asks you simple questions like your skill, etc.
Each question has an extra button called 'comment' that you can click to add comments about the question (like it is out-of-syllabus, etc.).
The questions are the same as that of the main exam, but as was said earlier, there are lot more of them! No special breaks or anything. So be prepared!


Cheers, Sathya Srinivasan - SCJP 1.2, SCWCD 1.2, SCMAD 1.0
Co-Author of Whizlabs SCMAD Certification Exam Simulator and SCMAD Exam Guide Book
 
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