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Manuel Comnenus
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Joined: Apr 26, 2006
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Does anyone have any experience with either the Sun SCJP 5 practice question set or with the Whizlabs SCJP exam simulators?

I am trying to gauge my readiness for the SCJP exam.

Are passing scores on the Sun and Whizlab practice exams reasonable indicators of one's readiness for the actual exam, or is the actual exam either easier or more difficult.

The Sun practice exams (WGS-PREX-J055C: Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform)do not contain drag and drop questions, so Sun's set of questions are potentially easier than those on the actual exam. On the other hand, the Whizlab questions (at least the multiple-selection questions) are potentially more difficult than the actual exam questions since they do not specify the exact number of boxes that should be chosen.

Another question...I noticed that the Whizlab multiple-selection questions are, at least in the case of their final exam, easier than the single-choice questions (at least for me, this is the case). Is this likely to be the case on the actual exam?

Thanks,
Steve
J Sato
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Joined: Mar 30, 2006
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See a few posts down:
http://www.coderanch.com/t/254000/java-programmer-SCJP/certification/whizlab

I was consistently scoring 55-60% on the Whizlabs exams and ended up passing the real one with a 70%...not the best score, but I gave myself 6 weeks to study a few hours a day with the goal of passing, which I did. However, for the 5 minutes between when I finished and when they finally got my score report to print, I gave myself a 50/50 chance of passing. If you understand the material, I say go for it. Good luck and welcome to Javaranch!
Edisandro Bessa
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
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Hi Manuel,

First of all. Welcome to JavaRanch !

I think my experience would be helpful for you.

Well, I purchased both Sun ePractice Exam and WhizLabs Exam.

I personally found WhizLabs better then Sun one.

As you said, Sun ePractice exams doesn't contain drag n drop questions and you also have to have a web connection in order to see and answer the questions.

Don't forget that Sun ePractice exam also expires after a few months whereas WhizLabs does not.

If I was you, I would go for WhizLabs Exams, for sure you will threasure each cent you would pay for it.

I also would like to say that WhizLabs Exam comes with a VERY GOOOD "Revision Notes" that you can use to remember key points before during your study journey.

Of course you are studying aiming pass the exam, but keep in mind that if you don't, WhizLabs will refund all amount you spend. Do you see as buying WhizLabs is a NO RISK choice ?

Concerning the scores, please read careful the link above provided by JSato. I put some comments there that can help you a lot.

I also recommend you to take a look here. I post my experience and some tips for those who are preparing for SCJP exam.

Good luck man.


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Manuel Comnenus
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Joined: Apr 26, 2006
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Thank you to both J. Sato and Edisandro for your advice.

Edisandro - I have purchased both the Whizlabs and the Sun practice sets. The Sun purchase was more recent and I bought it to do a sanity check on whether the Whizlabs questions were rigorous enough and/or appropriate. I had occasionally found Whizlabs questions that I thought had strayed from the objectives, as outlined by the K&B book. I concluded, from the Sun questions, that the Whizlabs questions are probably very reasonable as far as preparing me for the exam. I agree with you that the Whizlabs product is better than the Sun product. In addition to containing drag & drop questions, Whizlabs provides helpful test analysis. Whizlabs does a very good job of providing explanations for its questions, whereas the Sun answers typically aren't very helpful. In the case of both Whizlabs and Sun, I wish that both of them had better support for when you contact them if you think there is a mistake in a problem. Have you spotted any mistakes and tried to get responses from either Whizlabs or Sun? If yes, did you do anything in particular to get help? For me, I can get courteous pledges of a forthcoming contact, but one never materializes.

Thanks,
Steve
 
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