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I am planning to buy any one of the test engines,enthuware or ucertify. Can you please help me on making the right decison in buying the more effective of the two, if you have prior experience in using these.
Regards Dean. [ June 29, 2008: Message edited by: Dean Jones ]
I strongly discourage buying uCertify preparation exams. I've started using it for SCBCD and I'm getting more and more frustrated due to amount of errors and wrong answers. Just to give some examples:
1. In one of the questions about session bean, user is asked how arguments and results are passed from client when using remote business interface: by value or by reference. According to uCertify, both are true (sic!)
2. User is asked which annotation may be used to define callback method invoked for Stateful Session Bean after instance is created. According to answers, it is @PreConstruct. According to explanation given BELOW the answer it is @PostConstruct.
3. According to uCertify test, persistence.xml file must contain the name of the entity classes that are to be packaged in the persistence unit (what about classpath scanning? What is exclude-unlisted-classes than).
4. Loads of typos, e.g. there is a "SELECT e FROM Employee e WHERE c.salary = 3000" jpa query defined. A user is asked about the result of this query. As far as I am aware, it will throw an exception.
These are examples from just one test. I have counted up to 20% wrong questions in one test. I'd understand one or two buggy questions (we all make errors), but the quality of this preparation kit is completely unacceptable. Since this is a commercial software, I'd strongly suggest to think twice before spending money on it.
SCJP 1.4 - 88%
SCBCD 5.0 - 90%
SCEA - 81%
Joined: Mar 19, 2004
According to uCertify software, a proper query to obtain names of customers with positive balance is:
SELECT Object(c) FROM customerData c WHERE c.balance IS NOT NULL
This is some kind of joke.
The whole preparation kit is advertised as one entry test with 16 questions + 3 tests * 47 questions + 1 final test with 40 questions. Final test has at least 50% of questions repeated from previous tests. The whole preparation kit has no more than 130 questions.
I feel like if my money was stolen. I'll send the email to uCertify team with a link to this topic so they can respond and explain but I strongly advise you to not buy this product, otherwise you'll feel exactly as me now :/.