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Marlene Miller
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I have a request for people who will be taking the exam very soon. I would like to ask you to notice something and then report what happened to you.
I sat for the exam last Thursday. Before the test questions, there was about a screen full or more of instructions about assumptions and how to understand the context of questions. As best as I can recall this came after the Agreement about No Disclosure and just before the first Question.
What happened to me is when I moved to the first question, I looked at the clock in the upper right hand corner and 1 minute and 9 seconds had already passed. I wondered if the clock had been ticking while I was reading the instructions.
Now please do not panic and read the instructions quickly because I said these. It is very important to clearly understand what the assumptions will be.
If you can remember to do this, would you please calmly notice what your clock says when you click to the first question.
I have read in previous posts how one person said the clock had been ticking and another person said not. I think we need to collect some data and find out what the score is on this issue.
Thank you for your help.
Jessica Sant
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from what I remember... it was ticking, and I found that as very odd. But -- we'll see what people say that have taken the exam more recently than 2002.


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Anupam Sinha
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In my it was
Firstly I was provided with a few surveys. I would suggest you answer them just to feel beter and know how would the interface be.
The there was an agreement then after that the clock started. Then there were 5 or so questins like do you want Sun to contact you? etc. kinds. I guess its only for these question that the clock starts ticking. You can safely read all the instruction and fill in the surveys. Just be careful once you accept the agreemnet form.
shweta mathur
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In my case, the clock started as soon as the agreement page came. I guess Sun doesn't want us to read their agreement !!
If they want us to read the agreement, they should start the clock only when we r done with the agreement.


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Marlene Miller
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bump.
Thank you very much Shweta and Fred!
You're right. One minute is not much. Many people report finishing in 90 minutes with time for review. I had 12 minutes left. But it's good to know not to linger, say a long prayer etc. on this page before going to the first question.
[ November 07, 2003: Message edited by: Marlene Miller ]
fred rosenberger
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I took my exam in may. i don't remember the exact details, but i noticed the clock had already started before i got to the first question screen... i thought it odd, but didn't think a minute would make much difference, so i forgot about it.


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Vad Fogel
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A quote from the voucher form:

What time do I need to arrive?
You should arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes before the test is scheduled to begin. Please note: The exam duration may include an exam tutorial and client survey.

No panic, but getting excited about the survey questions is probably not the best idea.
Marlene Miller
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Thanks for the info Vad. In my exam, after the surveys there was more than a screen of instructions about how to understand the questions - what the line numbers mean, how to understand can and must, are assertions enabled. Since only one minute had lapsed when I moved to the first question, I wonder whether the page of instructions was being timed.
[ November 07, 2003: Message edited by: Marlene Miller ]
Anupam Sinha
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I guess I was wrong in my earlier post. I guess the clock started as soon as the agreement came as Shweta said but I don't remember it clearly. But I am sure about this, the survery were timed but that time was included in the exam time.
Antonius Herman
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Joined: Sep 29, 2003
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I passed the exam 2 days ago,
Before the exam you may choose to take exam Tutorial and you would be given 15 minutes.
Then you must fill in two surveys (15 minutes each)
After the surveys, come the Pre Test Agreement and this is when the 2 hours exam clock start ticking
I have read the Pre Test Agreement before, from Sun website, so I didn't waste any time and click "I Agree"
Marlene Miller
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Thank you Fred, Anupam and Nanda. To the next brave souls who take the exam... I am curious to know what your clock says when you click to the FIRST question. Is it 2 hours or is it less than 2 hours?
 
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