I bought my voucher and am going to schedule my test date. I am unfamiliar with any of the Prometric Testing sites in my area. Would there be any value to scope-out the testing center first, or are they all the same? Like, do they all have reliable computers with legible monitors? etc? I don't want to take this test on old washed-out & blurry monitor. Thanks.
Have a look at usability condition of 'mouse', not so much that of monitor and keyboard. Also ensure you get adequate number of white papers/pencil. It's going to be very tough to work out the complicated 'for loops' running from multiple threads, with a white-board marker.
Advise to check all these and reject to take exam if not satisfied.
It is really important how the test room is equipped, as you have to stay there more than 3 hours and you have to be very concentrated.
I met some very bad conditions at some test center , very old CRT-Screens and desks which made noise, and many other people, and one damn small plastic sheet for the scratches. The screen was not adjusted correctly, so I always had to scroll.
Other very nervous people can be very annoying
I would watch the following conditions:
a) TFT-Screens, adjusted, so that you have not to scroll
b) Enough paper for the scratches (rather than a plastic sheet)
c) No ambient noise (eg. an neighboring coffee-room)
d) coose a time, when there are not to much people in the test room
May be a small test center would be better as there is only one person responsible for it. You can talk to this person and get the conditions settled (e.g. to bang to the wall if there are people in the neighboring room who are loud).
If you do not know the test center you have to have a visit and look at the equipment.