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Mac Sta. Maria
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Hi all, I'm planning to take the OCAJP Java 7 exam this end of August. As you guys advised, I'm going through K&B6 and bought a full version of Enthuware for IZ0-803.

Anyway, I went through Oracle's site and found this policy:

"Scored and Unscored Questions - Your exam may contain unscored questions in addition to the scored questions, so the total number of questions that are presented to you may be greater than the number shown above. This is standard testing practice. You will not know which questions are unscored. If your exam contains unscored questions, the time allowed for the exam takes into consideration the time you will need to answer all questions and review your work. Your exam results will reflect your performance on the scored questions only."

Is this applicable for OCAJP Java 7? Any confirmation from those who already took the exam?

Thanks!,
Mac
Jeanne Boyarsky
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I did not get any unscored questions when taking the exam a few months ago. I think it is a disclaimer that they can add questions at any time for their own research purposes. Nothing to worry about because as you noted, they don't count. And they won't add enough that you will need to worry about time.


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Mac Sta. Maria
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Great! Thanks Jeanne!
Mala Gupta
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Mac,

This policy applies to all the Oracle exams.

A few of the questions that you write in an Oracle exam may be marked unscored. As the policy states - while writing an exam, you will not be informed whether a question will be scored or not. You may be surprised to learn that as much as 10 questions, out of 90 questions, in the OCA Java SE 7 Programmer exam may be unscored. So even if you answer a few questions incorrectly, you stand a chance of scoring 100% ! :-) (Refer : https://blogs.oracle.com/certification/entry/0768)

Oracle regularly updates its question bank for all its certification exams. These unscored questions may be used for research and evaluation of new questions that can be added to an exam.

Cheers,
Mala


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Mac Sta. Maria
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Hi Mala,

I see. I just hope all the questions I'll answer wrong in the exam happens to be unscored. :p I was just bothered that they might add a significant amount of unscored questions (on top of the 90 questions) that I have to worry about the time.

But as you guys imply, it's really not an issue.

Thanks again!

Mac
Mala Gupta
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Mac,

Good Luck for writing your exam. I hope you pass it with flying colors!

Cheers,
Mala
maddy sidhan
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Hello,

I'm taking 1Z0-851 (SCJP6) in a few weeks time. The whole unscored questions thingy does worry me a little bit as it's tricky - imagine someone spends a lot of time on a few questions (and worse yet, unfortunately gets them wrong) AND all of them happen to be unscored ones..?

I mean, I have seen "practice questions" on many computer-based tests that are (obviously) unscored, but an actual test - where candidate has to give their best shot on every question - having unscored questions doesn't make any sense to me.

Thoughts?

Thanks.

Mala Gupta
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Maddy,

maddy sidhan wrote:having unscored questions doesn't make any sense to me.


Oracle regularly updates its question bank for all its certification exams, which is important. These unscored questions might be used for research and evaluation of new questions that can be added to an exam.

I believe its a good approach to add new questions to the exam database:
a) Oracle receives feedback on these new questions
b) A candidate doesn't has to write additional questions or is marked on an incorrect question.

Don't you think that its a win-win situation for both - Oracle and the candidates?

For your information, every exam question enables you to submit your feedback, when you are writing the exam.
Wish you Good Luck with your exam.

With respect,
Mala
 
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