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Essay Exam with Pearson and timer issues

Ranganathan Kaliyur Mannar
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I took the essay exam on Monday...the timer icon in the exam just did not work - throughout the exam, I couldn't know how much time was left...when I click on the timer icon in the right-hand corner, nothing happens. I called the exam center guys and they were also not sure why it wasn't working - they said they were also new to this Pearson thing...they were kind enough to help me with the time elapsed - they told me when still 20 minutes were left and with that help I was ok...not sure if anyone else experienced this...


Ranga.
SCJP 1.4, OCMJEA/SCEA 5.0.
Pramod Sangur
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Joined: Jun 22, 2011
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I took essay exam on 18th June. Yes, I did experience the same. Somehow, I ignored it and went on to write the exam, good thing is I got an print out after completing the essay exam saying my assignment and essay will be graded.

But in PersonVUE records the status of essay exam is showing as "Error" --- When I contacted Pearson they told -- they are not able to figure out what happened and it will take 5 days to figure out what happened!!!...I am concerned that my exam answers are lost ...and will they ask to retake???:-(

Did anyone's status is showing "Error"?



Note - I had uploaded assignment to Pearson with special voucher Oracle gave me as I had downloaded assignment from Prometric in April 2011.
Ranganathan Kaliyur Mannar
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OMG. After reading this, I checked my Pearson account and it shows 'Error' too. Can't believe this. I will send a communication to Pearson too.
Abhaya Rajakarunanayake
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Joined: Oct 11, 2004
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I took this exam yesterday and got a print out like you said. Thankfully, the status of my exam on Pearson shows as 'Taken'. I didn't do anything different - well the only thing I didn't do was click on the timer!

Few more things about the test:
1. The strangest thing was as you have mentioned, there was no timer. However, went a few minutes past 2 hours and I could still make changes (this I knew by setting my stop watch as soon as I agreed to the Tc and Cs). The proctor was nowhere to be seen (in fact I found out that she was in a different floor altogether) and didn't come to tell me my time was up. So I took my time and did some 'proof reading' and finally clicked on the 'end exam' button after about 10-15 mins! (OK I hope admitting that does not land me in trouble ) And then the lady proctoring the exam (who had been watching me over CCTV) asked why I was typing so much for a multiple choice exam!!! I did mention to her that it never timed out - Oh, I handn't realised' was her reply

2. Contrary to what everyone says on this site and on personal blogs, there are clipboard facilities - copy, cut and paste. These three buttons are there just above the text area that you are supposed to type your answer in. So I guess this is something new they have added after moving over to Pearson. Oh and they work as well. I tried it while waiting for my infinite clock to timeout

3. Personally I prefer the Pearson interface - the Prometric one used to look very Java 1.1.
Viggo Navarsete
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Joined: Feb 02, 2009
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I have just taken the essay exam too, and as observed, NO TIMER In Pearsonvue the status is taken. Thank God it over, now let's just wait for the result
Pramod Sangur
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Joined: Jun 22, 2011
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Just an update -> had couple of lengthy Pearson customer service talks and finally they told they had some technical challenge and "program coordinator" was able to locate the test exam data & status will be updated in next 3-4 days!...just keeps on delaying ....not sure how long it would take to send to Oracle for review....got used to these things now..waiting waiting

hmm looks like some issue with Pearson, I remember Pearson site was showing scheduled maintainance on the weekend, probably there were technical issues posting the answers. I think we should just keep an eye on Pearson status just to ensure that our exam data has been posted without any error ...as end of the day it matters a lot to us...


Ranganathan Kaliyur Mannar
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For me, they said as per the policy they can't allow me to bring in wrist watches. and neither would the timer work - so had to rely on the people there. And my examiner too told me that this is the first time she is seeing an exam where there are only textual questions - and then I had to explain her the whole thing - and the result was surprising for them too - a 'pending' status - new for them.
And yes, there was cut, copy, paste buttons above the text box - they work across questions too - however, the usual keyboard shortcuts won't work. We have to select the text with mouse and then use the buttons provided by them.
 
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