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Actual exam application - Is it like K&B masterexam's application?

Robert O'Leary
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Is the actual exam application exactly like K&B's masterexam application? I just really like the"item review" feature once youve gone through the questions once, where you can see the incomplete Qs and Qs youve marked. Its just that I felt myself idling while taking a practice run at the exam and this its very handy to gauge your speed.

The reason I ask this is that the ExamLab software annoyed me. The fact that the screen isnt resizable, the timer is for 3 hrs and that you have to get a pop-up to display long code segments via "Exhibit". Dont get me wrong, its a good free resource...but I started it today and after 10 Qs I encountered a question that asked about line 14 on the code and the lines werent numbered. doh! I turned it off and did the K&B masterexam B instead.

I might have to go back and do the ExamLab exam as I cant use the Inquistion exams as a trial run as I used these Qs as an open-book aid (which I prob shouldnt have done)! I got 63% in the K&B masterexam B today and I need to up my game for it. Id like to sit the exam for real next week. What do ye reckon? Id be able to do that free resit with the offer if it came to it. Indifference is starting to creep into my study!


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Raf Szczypiorski
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Haven't used either ExamLab or Master exam, but can tell you what the actual exam software looks like - it is not resizable, it is all grey, it is as if it was written back in the 90s (maybe it was), clumsy, the look and feel is like Win 95 (hideous square buttons, pretty bad fonts). You also have to press the "Exhibit" button to see the code, and you also have to launch a popup to do the drag & drop questions - these are also reset to starting point when you show the popup again, so watch out. The timer is also visible. I was actually pretty shocked and very dissapointed with it.
On the bright side, you do have the chance to mark the question you would like to revise, you are given the opportunity to go over them at the end, how many times you like (minding the time limit, of course). They do tell you how any options the question requires you to mark, so this might be easier than some of the mocks you did, as you can actually do a "nagative selection". The code has the relevant lines marked (with comments or line numbers otherwise).
Anyways, it is not that you have much choice, is it? You either swallow it and go for the exam with the crappy software they have now (you kind of get used to it the more exams you take), or not take the exam. It is that simple ;-)

It is just my experience, other might like the exam software, and also I have done all my exams in a single testing centre so far, so it might be different in other places (but I believe it is exactly the same everywhere).

From me, I used Whizlabs for this one, and it was really good, although the user experience is much different (better) then the real exam. Also, for other certs I used Enthuware, which is Java-based, so I could use it on sth else than Win, and the quality is very high. In the end, it is not the software that makes it tough, it is the questions and the number of questions ;-)

Good luck.
Treimin Clark
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Joined: Nov 12, 2008
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Raf is correct. In addition to that I did the ExamLab, and the real exam application is almost same as to that, including those "Exhibit" and drag and drops.
Robert O'Leary
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Joined: Mar 24, 2009
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Raf Szczypiorski wrote:Haven't used either ExamLab or Master exam, but can tell you what the actual exam software looks like - it is not resizable, it is all grey, it is as if it was written back in the 90s (maybe it was), clumsy, the look and feel is like Win 95 (hideous square buttons, pretty bad fonts). You also have to press the "Exhibit" button to see the code, and you also have to launch a popup to do the drag & drop questions - these are also reset to starting point when you show the popup again, so watch out. The timer is also visible. I was actually pretty shocked and very dissapointed with it.
On the bright side, you do have the chance to mark the question you would like to revise, you are given the opportunity to go over them at the end, how many times you like (minding the time limit, of course). They do tell you how any options the question requires you to mark, so this might be easier than some of the mocks you did, as you can actually do a "nagative selection". The code has the relevant lines marked (with comments or line numbers otherwise).
Anyways, it is not that you have much choice, is it? You either swallow it and go for the exam with the crappy software they have now (you kind of get used to it the more exams you take), or not take the exam. It is that simple ;-)

It is just my experience, other might like the exam software, and also I have done all my exams in a single testing centre so far, so it might be different in other places (but I believe it is exactly the same everywhere).

From me, I used Whizlabs for this one, and it was really good, although the user experience is much different (better) then the real exam. Also, for other certs I used Enthuware, which is Java-based, so I could use it on sth else than Win, and the quality is very high. In the end, it is not the software that makes it tough, it is the questions and the number of questions ;-)

Good luck.


Thanks for the info Raf. Ya I know you gotta suck it up and use the software that they generically use around the world. But I was surprised that its bad. I mean thats a terrible feature that if re-exhibit the drag-n-drop Question, it resets your answers...bizarre! Id of thought that itd be a great little java project for someone in Sun to revamp it, but there you go. Anyway I suppose I should do some more revision and then try the ExamLab exams if thats the format its in.

One other thing: Are the actual questions numbered? It can be helpful when you're doing rough work.
Treimin Clark
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Robert O'Leary wrote:Are the actual questions numbered? It can be helpful when you're doing rough work.

Yes!, and there is a useful Review checkbox too (as well as in ExamLab).
 
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