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Real exam typos

Marcelo Ortega
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Has anybody every experienced or know of the exam having typos?

i.e: if i see:

system.out.println("Hello"); //notice the s in system

Would i go stright to compilation fails?

or

Public int void(){} //P in Public

??


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Barry Gaunt
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Well, I think a lot of guys have said "if it wasn't for all the typos, I would have passed"


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Marcelo Ortega
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So what should i assume?
Steve Morrow
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So what should i assume?

It's safe to assume that the test has been thoroughly reviewed for true errors and that any "typos" are intentional.
Marcelo Ortega
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Thanks Steve.
Dibbo Khan
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Steve I am afraid this is not true at all.

I saw

StringBuilder StringBuilderObject = new StringBuuilder();

I forget the object name but new Stringbuuilder, had two u s in it and compilation fails was not an option.

So in this case what would you say???


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Steve Morrow
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So in this case what would you say???[/QB]

I'd say you'd get a "Cannot resolve symbol" error from the compiler...

If you're taking the test and run across something you think is incorrect on the test, direct it to the attention of your proctor.
Bert Bates
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There are in fact occasional typos in the exams - especially when they're new We typically help Evelyn review these, and somehow they slip through once and a while. If you think you've spotted a typo - write down everything you can about the question, and tell the test center - then write to Evelyn Cartagena at Sun. There are recorded cases of someone failing by 1 question, and correctly arguing that because of a typo, 'Compilation fails' was the right choice, and Sun gave them their certification! So, please, for everyone's sake - let Sun know about typos!

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Steve Morrow
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Bert's advice is *much* better than mine, for fairly obvious reasons...
Santana Iyer
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But when Sun is notified do they remove typos,
I mean to say is 1.4 exam is quiet mature now so if they remove typos when told by someone now there should be very few mistakes remaining?
Dibbo Khan
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What is Evenlyn's email, I need to write to her about that Stringbuilder question
Steve Morrow
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Originally posted by Dibbo Khan:
What is Evenlyn's email, I need to write to her about that Stringbuilder question


evelyn DOT cartagena AT sun DOT com
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[ August 17, 2005: Message edited by: Steve Morrow ]
Bert Bates
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Hey Dibbo -

That StringBuilder example... it's from the new exam, and I'm pretty sure Evelyn already knows about it. It won't hurt to remind her, but I'd guess she's already submitted it to Prometric.

I think that there are very few typos in the 1.5, and that 1.4 must be very, very clean by now
Dibbo Khan
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Thanks for the email address. I am a huge fan of your Head First books and I sincerely hope it will be commercially viable for you to do a HF Web Services.

HF EJB is how I passed the SCBCD exam, it is a very hard topic.

Dibbo Khan
Mark Spritzler
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I'm actually surprised that "compilation fails" wasn't one of the answers, since on any question where "What is the result?" is the question must always have a "compilation fails" answer.

Anyway, just ignore me.

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Dibbo Khan
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The question wasn't what is the result, but what change will make it thread safe, I don't know if I can go into more details.
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Originally posted by Dibbo Khan:
The question wasn't what is the result, but what change will make it thread safe, I don't know if I can go into more details.


Nope, that was perfect.

Mark
Dibbo Khan
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Hi Mark Spritzer and Bert Bates,

I have a question for you two. This is embarassing for me to reveal openly on the forum, but I missed the test by one question. Got 42 right, my excuse is that I work in C# and not Java. Anyhow is this question with a typo a legitimate basis for a appeal?

I sent an email to Evenlyn and still haven't gotten a reply.

Dibbo
 
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