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Last minute advice before exam

Timothy Toe
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Joined: Oct 19, 2002
Posts: 156
Hi all,
I am taking the exam on Monday !
Have a question here...
Can I bring a scientific calculator or any calculator that can do base conversions like from base 8 (octal) to base 10 (decimal) and then to base 2 (binary). I think this might come in handy for certain questions. (eg. Dan’s Question 16, www.danchisholm.net/dec04/comprehensive/exam1.html).

Any last minute advice for me ?
Like “look out for public static void main (String[] args)” violations. Actually I find this quite tiring (and time consuming as... just imagine having to check this for some 60 questions !!!)... sigh...
And... I read a post that advise ppl to do 2 passes on the questions... the 1st pass is to get those easy “ducks” right and the 2nd for more difficult questions. I know this is easy with paper based questions... but what about computer base exams ? Is it that easy to flip here and there ? Is the response time (flipping between pages) short ? How convenient is it ?
Does the exam program provide facilities like a check box for me to click for questions that I want to mark down for further attention ? Eg at the bottom corner of the screen or something.. like the one in Sun’s free sample exam.
And some luck for me ...
Thanks !
Peter Tran
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Joined: Oct 17, 2002
Posts: 25
Hello,
You can't bring any thing in the testing room. Prometric will give you a piece of eraseable cardboard and the pen to write on. Be sure to ask for extra cardboards...
The test has the check-mark box on the upper left corner for you to mark question you want to come back again. You can see the exhibit codes and the question side by side by click on the "tile" button.
I think there are 59 questions Since you can go forward and backward I would suggest to when you get to the last question, go backward to the question 1 and review all of them again.


SCJP 1.4, SCSA 8.0, CCNA<br />IBM Certified Specialist AIX<br />Microsoft MCSD
Manish Hatwalne
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Joined: Sep 22, 2001
Posts: 2581

Have you gone through these notes? See fi they are of any help.
If you take SCJP 1.2, it will have 59 questions, the new SCJP 1.4 has 61 questions. If you are well prepared, you can complete the exam in 50 to 70 mins, and utilize rest of the time to review your answers.
HTH,
- Manish
Dan Chisholm
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Joined: Jul 02, 2002
Posts: 1865
Have you seen this Base Conversion Tutorial? Don't worry about difficult conversions from base 10 to other bases. The real exam isn't a math test.
If you have been scoring well on mock exams then you won't have any problem with the time limit. I took the exam last week and completed it in about one hour (two hours is the limit) and scored 91% without even rechecking my answers. My goal was to score at least 90% and I was confident that I had achieved my goal so I didn't even bother with a recheck.
If you feel that you won't score above 60 or 70 percent then it might be a good idea to pick out the easy ones first and hope that you get the minimum 52% in the first pass and then use the remaining time to just improve your score. However, it you are confident in your preparation then a two pass approach might only waste time.
Have you tried the December 4 version of my comprehensive exams? Some of the difficult questions from previous versions have been moved to optional single topic exams and no longer appear in the comprehensive exams. I replaced the excessively difficult questions with about 100 new questions from a variety of areas. The new questions are focused on areas of my exam that were previously weak. This December 4 version is still more difficult than the real exam but I think that it is more focused on the objectives. My hope is that my comprehensive exams are now more useful as a final preparation exercise.
Good luck!


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