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materials allowed in exam

Jon Dornback
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Joined: Apr 24, 2002
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i haven't found this listed elsewhere, and am wondering what you are allowed to bring in to the exam with you. Just you and your brain? Or can you bring/or be provided with scratch paper? Some of the questions on the mock exams are easier for me to work out if I can write a few things down - particularly the ones involving math operators.
Speaking of math operators, how difficult are the operator questions on the real exam? In one mock exam, questions over things like "result of -1 >> 400" seem difficult at first, but turn out to be simple if you know that -1 >> anything is -1. Is the real exam any more difficult than that? If so, I hope calculators are allowed...

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Damien Howard
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Joined: Apr 01, 2003
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When I took it, I didn't need anything. They provided everything I needed, but I would advise bringing some scratch paper and a pen, just in case. You can't bring a calculator, but you don't need one anyway. There weren't any difficult bit operator questions on my version of the exam.
Jon Poole
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Joined: Jun 19, 2003
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I was given a small white board and marker. That's about all you can have, though it may vary at different testing centers. I couldn't even take a bottle of water in with me.
Damien Howard
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You should be able to take water in with you. What if a person has health problems. Diabetics need to drink a lot of water.

All I got were the whiteboards and markers as well. although I also got earplugs. This is probably standard since it is the same company giving all the tests. At least in US.
Jessica Sant

Joined: Oct 17, 2001
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I was also given a board and pen that I could write notes on. Nothing else. No phone, no wallet. Really just me and my brain.
I didn't try to take in a bottle of water, but they did show me where the bathroom and drinking fountain were so if I needed, I could use either.
Alexandre Ferras
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Joined: Jun 24, 2003
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I was also given some scratch paper, a pencil, a glass of water. They did not show me where the bathroom is.

Time is an excellent teacher; but eventually it kills all its students. <br /> <br />Alexandre Mottin Ferras<br />SCJP 1.5 <br />SCJP 1.4<br />SCWCD 1.3<br />SCBCD<br />IBM Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with UML
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