* I like to use one or two practice exams as I go through the syllabus to check my learning (then do the rest as mock exams when in the swot stage just before doing the exam)
* Per the new format, it is not a software to download but Mock Tests to pass online only. There is an offline mode but it still requires to be online to start and finish them.
* Attempts allowed: 3 * There is no warning at all while you make the transaction. It is not mentioned anywhere that the number of attempts will be limited and that there is no longer a software to download.
* That's a rip off in my opinion.
* I was pleased in the past with Whizlabs softwares but they have changed them. That sounds like an highly suspicious way of selling software. I want my money back if they do not change things.
* If there are more people who have had this bad surprise, please let us know.
I am in the same boat!
Is there a way out of this???
Joined: Sep 22, 2005
Whizlabs have offered me the old (July 2009) off-line simulator. I will post when I get that up and running on my laptop
Steve Hicks wrote:Rather than a downloadable application which you can use as you like, Whizlabs exams are just internet based where you can ONLY HAVE 3 goes at each exam
This is naff for me as I like to use one or two practise exams as I go through the syllabus to check my learning (then do the rest as mock exams when in the swot stage just before doing the exam)
So it is a to the new format (and at $99.95 a go)
Dear Steve, I apologize for your experience with Whizlabs mock tests. however the attempts have been restricted to 3 for a purpose as beyond 3 attempts we feel that you will start to remember the questions and the asnwers and that will defy the whole purpose of the test. the prime purpose of these mock tests is to show as close a picture of your preparation level. thus taking reattempts of the same mock test wont contribute to your preparation. Hope you understand. Do write in if there is anything else bothering you.
hmm.. how about adding new items in the questions pool so that users can take the mock exam more than three times and still not being able to memorize the questions? just my two cents.
I just cant look, its killing me.
Joined: Sep 22, 2005
As I have stated above, this change does NOT suit me since I like to use a couple of the mocks WHILE I do the studying. I did this for my other certifications with your product and was happy. Indeed I recommended it to many colleges.
In fairness Whizlabs have offered me the offline simulator and ONCE I get a license to install that I will be happy.
However I suspect that my method of study is not that different from most people so I would prefer the product to be split with:
(a.) Two practise exams (best to make this an offline application to prevent people using it without paying). This can be used either while you are studying to check your progress or an addition practise exam. The objective tests should also be in the offline application.
(b.) Remaining practise exams with the three limit
I also think you should tell people before they buy about the three limit
Joined: Jan 06, 2008
Thanks Steve and lhorenz, i have noted your feedback and will definately put it accross to the relevent team for rethinking on the attempts feature. I' am sure if this methodology of studying is used by the customers we will need to rethink on the attempts feature.
At the same time i would suggest that you use the objective wise tests for your preparation.
I too use the mocks for studying.
And I sometimes spend 2 or 3 weeks without studying, so i would still need to take the mock exams again after that period, no matter how many times i took them before.
An offline simulator is the best thing possible.
If you worry about security, you can still send an activation key by mail to active the software.
I too have recommended Whizlabs to my colleagues in the past, I am not sure at all that i will continue to recommend it if you keep these online mocks online
and if you limit the number of attempts to 3.
By the way, the license key you gave me for the offline simulator is not working. I sent you another email, waiting for a new and working license key please.
Joined: Apr 24, 2001
For me, the online version will not work anyways since I have a very unreliable internet connection at home.
I've emailed this concern to Whizlabs yesterday, and received an automated response email with a ticket number, and it also said that I should expect to receive a response from them within one business day.
Have not heard from them yet.
Joined: Sep 22, 2005
I have now got a working licence for the offline whizlabs practice exams
I suspect that Whizlabs will need to adjust their online practice exams. Which I hope they do since I have had success in all my Java Certifications with Whizlabs
Dear users after having read all the posts Whizlabs appreciates the inconvenience the limited 3 attempts caused in the usage of the mock tests hence the limitation of three attempts have been removed from all Whizlabs mock exams. Enjoy unlimited attempts in using the mock exams for 1 full year from the date of purchase.