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Frustration during Exam!!

octavyn
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Joined: Jun 22, 2000
Posts: 8
Passed the test yesterday and am much obliged to all you helpful posters out there at the Ranch. This site motivated me to get in gear and go for it.
With that said, I wanted to vent about something I was not expecting during the exam . . . Sun solicitations! I had my one piece of paper nice and pre-scrawled in preparation, I had opened up my candy bar (er, power bar), had psyched myself appropriately to endure the grueling 2 hours ahead and clicked the 'start' button. . . and there, much to my surprise as the clock started ticking, was the first question (which I won't print here), basically asking me through a lot of legalize if I enabled the testing center and SUN and perhaps trusted partners to communicate about this and that about my test blah, blah, blah. After getting over the shock of having this occur *during* the timed test, I said 'ok' because the only other option was to contact SUN directly -- fat chance.
So I said to myself, "That stunk . . . but oh well. . ." on to the rest of the test, when # 2 (of 61) was another question asking whether I wanted to have material sent to me by SUN's partners and some other marketing madness.
char [h][m][m] I thought, already out of my groove as you can well imagine.
Anyone else think that stinks? (I wouldn't mind it if it wasn't during the *timed* session of test taking -- although admittedly I had time to spare)
Glad it's over :cool,
Octavyn
Anonymous
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
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One question - you said "I had my one piece of paper nice and pre-scrawled in preparation". What does this mean?
Anonymous
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
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Hi Octavyn,
I too passed yesterday. Like you i also got this two questions during my exam, after the clock started ticking. Initially the Test said there are 61 questions and these two were the first questions. But later during my review, the count said 59 questions in total.
You know, i used up all the 2 hrs, infact wanted to change one answers for one of the questions in the last seconds. But i couldn't do. I know for sure, i GOT THAT ONE WRONG. Had only i got those extra minute i spent in answering SUN's advertisement questions.........hmhmhm.
Did anybody had the same experience like us ? Probably we should pass our comments to SUN on this issue. Can moderators thro some light on this issue.
Cheers
Sankar
Anand Iyer
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Joined: Jun 13, 2000
Posts: 26
Guys, it would also be awfully helpful to us if you could tell us what type of questions you encountered, whether there was any from Mediatracker, whether similar to mock tests, how much did the mock tests and RHE help..etc etc. It would be very kind of you all and of benefit to all those who plan to take the test in the near future.
And yes, marketing questions suck!!

Anand
octavyn
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Joined: Jun 22, 2000
Posts: 8
Regarding the prescrawled paper, you are allowed a blank piece of paper when you sit down at the terminal to take the exam. As I sat down, I took a few minutes to write down some things I did not want to forget. I diagrammed the Layouts to cover any width changing but height not changing questions; I wrote two or three ways to process events (adapter, separate listener class, anon listener class, same listener class); I noted those key things to watch out for that I constantly overlooked on mock exams ( my own pitfall were static methods calling instance variables/methods and the
int i; while (int) {} trap ). I also wrote down the number I needed to get right just to keep focussed!!
Regarding the usefulness of prep techniques, I will post another posting to cover that topic as I want to keep the subject headings of the postings clear.
My sympathies Sankar!! I actually had only 2 minutes to spare after reviewing my answers but I could have easily been in your shoes. Congrats on passing!!
Octavyn
 
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