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Java knowledge vs Pure logic on the real exam

Viktor Kubinec
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Joined: Jan 28, 2012
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Hi. I am preparing for the certificate and I have bought enthuaware mock exams. Sometimes I found there questions which can be solved by pure logic without any java knowledge.

For example - there are 5 options out of which 3 are right :

1. Will not compile
2. Compiles fine and .....
3. Compiles fine and .....
4. Compiles fine and .....
5. None of the above ....

It is clear that if 3 answers are corect, it cannot include 1 or 5. So correct is 2,3,4. This is the solution without even reading the question. Sometimes only 2 are correct, so one has o find 2 out of 3 instead of all 5.

Are questions like these also on the real exam?
Is the real exam easier or harder than enthuaware exam? (I also find somethimes questions which are out of scope as ~ operator for example)

Thanks for answers.
Paul Anilprem
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There might be a few questions like that out of hundreds but I don't think you will find a lot of such questions. Could you please let us know their qids so that we can improve those?

But in general, yes, you may get such questions in the real exam also. Some people have even mentioned that in some cases, answer to one question could be found in some other question. So, in the real exam, you can use all the tricks you have to get the right answer. But the simulator is a learning aid. IMHO, it will be more helpful if one tries to answer a the question in the right spirit.

Regarding some question that you find out of scope, again, there are really very few of them and there are two reasons they are there. One is for the sake for providing complete pictures. For example, when you talk about operators, it would be a shame if you don't even know about the existence of ~, even if it is not covered in the exam objectives. Second, some people have reported getting questions on such topics in the exam and based on that feedback, we have kept these questions. So overall, we feel that it is better to know about a topic than to be surprised in the exam.

Generally, people have reported that Enthuware mock exams are harder than the real exam. You might find this score comparison between the real exam and the mock exams useful.


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Bert Bates

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To further Paul's response (we both write mock questions),

I think all reputable mock questions writers take the stance that their question banks should be slightly larger than the objectives state.

As far as your first question, the real exam writers work very hard to avoid "enemy" elements both within an individual question and also between questions. So, on the real exam, it's less likely that using only logic you can answer a question without knowing Java. (Not impossible, just less likely)



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Viktor Kubinec
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Joined: Jan 28, 2012
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thanks for answers.

@Paul : unfortunatelly I haven't marked those questions, so I can't tell you their ids. In total I have done 6 normal tests and the Final test ( I'm doing the exam tommorow in the morning ) and I think I have found just 2 questions like this among them.
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