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Johannes de Jong
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Joined: Jan 27, 2001
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Yep someone had to ask it
There are literally hundreds of free mock exams out there some are text based only others with pretty sophisticated interfaces. They come in all possible flavors.
There are also quite a few other commercial products around.
Now I know Wizzlabs are pretty new on this market.
Why did you guys decide to enter this competitive market i.e. why should I choose to pay for J@Whiz (like the name by the way) when I can get enough free stuff out there.
What makes you guys so unique / better ??
Kapil Nakra
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Joined: Oct 01, 2001
Posts: 35
Dear Johannes,
Good question Thanks a lot for asking.
You are very true, there are hundreds or even more free mock exams available. You are also true that they come in all flavors. Few of them are really great like 3 Mock Exams by Marcus.
Also true there are few commercial products around. JQ+ is one of them and i thank them for being our competitor, as this healthy competition has always helped us take our product to the next level.
We launched the first version of J@Whiz in Jan'2001 and since then we have been getting such an overwhelming response that we currently have not just one but 5 such products, which are constantly exceeding our expectations.
To be very frank, we didn't do much analysis before experimenting with J@Whiz. And this experiment turned out to be so successful that there hasn't been any looking back since then.
Why should one choose to pay for J@Whiz?
1.) Quality of the free stuff available is not up to the mark except a few like Marcus one's.
2.) If they choose to go for the free stuff, a lot of time and effort is required to extract the relevant exceptions, out of the great mass. On the other hand they can as well buy it and spend the crucial time and effort for their preparation. After all certification is about learning java and not learning surfing the net.
3.) Support - Along with the product also comes a lot of support, which helps people move beyond all the hurdles in their preparation.
4.) Taking a text based mock exam is much different from experiencing taking a simulated exam.
5.) High level of customization (not just topic but also time, difficulty level and number of questions) and extensive report analysis of each and every test helps one focus and fine tune his/her preparation towards the desired goal.
6.) Exhaustive explanations clear each and every concept thoroughly and leave no space for confusion or ambiguity.
7.) Interactive Quiz and Quick Revision Tips help one revise and validate their preparation before appearing for the actual exam.
Interactive Quiz and Quick Revision Tips are few of the unique features of J@Whiz. Quality and Quantity of questions with exhaustive explanations has been another great pull for J@Whiz users.
And from the response of people it seems that its price is minimal compared to the value offered.
It was my pleasure answering your queries.
Please let me know if there is anything else i can do to contribute at this great forum.
Warm regards and best wishes
Kapil Nakra http://www.whizlabs.com/jwhiz

[This message has been edited by Kapil Nakra (edited October 09, 2001).]


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Johannes de Jong
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Thanks Kapil,
Working through your list
  • 1. You aint maybe Marcus using an alias
  • 3. What type of support ?. Can you elaborate pse.
  • 5. At question level and with links/pointers towards the study material ?.
    For example I answered question # 14 wrong.
    Will I get some info to go and read page # in this and/or that book or look at this url to help me understand the topic/question better ?
  • 6. This is a tough one to accomplish. Good luck
  • 7. see my comment about 5

  • [This message has been edited by Johannes de Jong (edited October 09, 2001).]
Kapil Nakra
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Posts: 35
Thanks a lot Johannes for your effort and suggestions.
1.) I am sorry for it. I meant Marcus Green only.
6,3.) True, we do understand that no matter how extensive and exhaustive our explanations get; they can at the most reduce the confusion and ambiguity. And there will always remain a scope for improvement. That�s one of the main reasons we provide support for. If people have doubt(s) even after going through the explanation, they can discuss it with the authors on a one-to-one basis and get them cleared.
Our support also includes guiding them through the various stages of the pathway to certification. For example, what books to refer?, other useful resources, how to register and take actual exam?, how to plan their preparation? etc. Moreover, our support is not restricted to SCJP only, we support them for any query related to java and related technologies.
5, 7.) I really appreciate your suggestion. We will definitely consider it for our next update.
Warm regards and best wishes
Kapil Nakra
http://www.whizlabs.com/jwhiz
Mike Whitehorne
Greenhorn

Joined: Jul 17, 2001
Posts: 11
Are the mock test questions drawn from historical certification exams or simply equivalent types of questions that you guys have developed?
Kapil Nakra
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Joined: Oct 01, 2001
Posts: 35
Dear Mike,
Thanks for your query.
Majority of the questions are based on our experience of the actual exam, which we the authors of this product, have undergone.
Few of the questions are based on questions/code from great resources like JLS (Java Language Specification).
All of these questions are in sync with the current pattern of SCJP and we always keep our eyes open for any updates which may be required for any change made by SUN, the authority for SCJP.
By being in touch with Wide Base of our users, we constantly upgrade our product with their valuable feedback to fine-tune our product to their expectations.
Warm regards and best wishes
Kapil Nakra
http://www.whizlabs.com/jwhiz
Marcus Green
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Joined: Sep 14, 1999
Posts: 2813
Ohh, those whiz chaps are smart, wise handsome and Clever ..... My view of Whiz is based on user feedback rather than looking at it myself, but that feedback has generally good and I have read a lot of it.
Creating truly good mock exams is much harder than it looks. I have good feedback that resulted in changes to exams that have been available for over a year and have received tens of thousands of downloads (probably hundreds). So when you see a new free mock exam become available, even if the creator is really, really good, smart, diligent and keen it will still have scope to mature and improve over time
I think that Whiz have the right idea by keeping the price relativly low.I had an Amazon link to Java 2 Certification Virtual Trainer which costs about $USD69 and got very few sales.
The Whiz product is affordable enough to say "What the hell" and gets good feedback as well. Just in case y'all think I am biased, if I were spending my own money on certificaiton right now I would buy both the Whiz and the main rival product.
Of course to really complete the picture you need a copy of
Java 2 Exam Prep, Second Edition: Exam: 310-025
(comes with a nice exam simulator as well, most questions not by me)

Marcus

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Matthew Phillips
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Will the J@Whiz mock exam allow you to choose specific objectives to be quizzed on?
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Kapil Nakra
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Dear Marcus,
Many many thanks for your appreciation!!!
You have always been the source of inspiration; not just for us for this whole Java Certification community.
We thank you for your great contribution.
Warm regards and best wishes
Kapil Nakra
http://www.whizlabs.com/jwhiz

Kapil Nakra
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Joined: Oct 01, 2001
Posts: 35
Dear Matthew,
Thanks for your query.
Yes, you can certainly achieve this. You have an option to customize the test not just topic but also in terms of number of questions, time for the test and the difficulty level for each question.
I request you to have a look at our trial version from the link below:
http://www.whizlabs.com/products/javawhiz/try.html
Warm regards and best wishes
Kapil Nakra
http://www.whizlabs.com/jwhiz

Alvin Tan
Greenhorn

Joined: Jul 25, 2001
Posts: 17
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6,3.) True, we do understand that no matter how extensive and exhaustive our explanations get; they can at the most reduce the confusion and ambiguity. And there will always remain a scope for improvement. That�s one of the main reasons we provide support for. If people have doubt(s) even after going through the explanation, they can discuss it with the authors on a one-to-one basis and get them cleared.
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Wow! This is a great feature. I think the support alone is worth more than the purchase price. It's like hiring a private tutor.

[This message has been edited by Alvin Tan (edited October 09, 2001).]
Kapil Nakra
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Dear Alvin,
Thanks for your appreciation!
We assure you the HIGHEST level of satisfaction.
Warm regards and best wishes
Kapil Nakra
http://www.whizlabs.com/jwhiz
Johannes de Jong
tumbleweed
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Joined: Jan 27, 2001
Posts: 5089
Hi Kapil another one
We are all very aware how much Sun protects the contents of their certification exams. The question I have for Kapil Nakara then is what does Whizlabs do to assure that their exams dont contain actual exam questions.
I'm asking this because a question originates somewhere in a Java programmer/experts mind. This person might have taken the exams or seen a mock exam somewhere in the internet that does contain a real question and inadvertently the person might end up using the real exam question.
Does wizlabs submit their mock exam to Sun for validation ?
and if not would you be prepared to have Sun check it , if asked by them ?

Kapil Nakra
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Joined: Oct 01, 2001
Posts: 35
Dear Johannes,
Thanks for your question. I believe it�s a very important question.
You are very true, any such authority, not just SUN put their best efforts to prevent exposure of the actual exam questions.
We have constantly made our best efforts to avoid violating any such rule. But yes you are true, there is a possibility in which one can unknowingly/unintentionally commit this mistake. To add to your point, I will say, even if we make ALL questions by ourselves without looking at any Tutorial/Book/Mock Exam, there is still a chance (however remote it is) that our question(s) matches the actual exam question, specially because many of us had appeared for the actual exam (not just once but even more).
We are not aware of any such procedure by which we can submit our content to SUN for validation but we would be very much willing in getting this job done.

I would request the people at this forum to make us aware if there is any such procedure.
Thanks once again Johannes for this very important question.
Warm regards and best wishes
Kapil Nakra
http://www.whizlabs.com/jwhiz
Johannes de Jong
tumbleweed
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Joined: Jan 27, 2001
Posts: 5089
Kapil should'nt you consider approaching Sun. It might help your product to actually get Sun "certified".
Kapil Nakra
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Joined: Oct 01, 2001
Posts: 35
Dear Johannes,
Thanks for your advice. I have initiated the process and promise to share with you as soon as we get any lead to get our product "Sun Certified".
Then not just we, but our product will also be Sun Certified
Warm regards and best wishes
Kapil Nakra
http://www.whizlabs.com/jwhiz
 
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