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Which is harder: Mala Gupta's final mock exam or the real one?

Winston Liek
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Hello all!

I'll be taking exam on Wednesday (yay) And today I took Mala Gupta's final exam.

I scored 80%. My question is, is the question in mala gupta is harder than the real exam or the other way around?

I heard that enthuware's way too harder than the real exam but i don't about Mala Gupta's.

I am nervous today and can't sleep I want to score 90% + in the real exam.
Andrea Black
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Thank you--I was going to ask the EXACT SAME QUESTION! I am taking the exam a week from Wednesday. (Mar 26.)
There are a lot of posts about how the Enthuware exams were harder than the real exam, but not much about the one in Mala Gupta's book.
Roel De Nijs
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The Mala Gupta book deliberately doesn't mention the number of correct answers to select (just like the K&B book does too). That's just to toughen you up for the actual exam. On the actual exam each question mentions the number of correct answers you have to select. There are even mechanisms to prevent you from selecting too much/little answers. So from that point of view the real one is definitely easier.

This post (by Tina Smith) gives also some valuable info about what to expect on the real one


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Andrea Black
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Roel, that is not correct! I have the Mala Gupta book right in my hand, and in the intro to the Full Mock Exam (Chapter 8) it says "The questions in this mock exam also specify the correct number of answer options to align it more closely to the real exam." And sure enough, at the end of every question, she has "Select 2 options", "Select 1 option", etc. Maybe you were thinking of the end of chapter questions?
Roel De Nijs
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Andrea Black wrote:Maybe you were thinking of the end of chapter questions?

I looked indeed at the end of chapter questions and (wrongly) assumed it was for the mock exam too. My mistake!
Winston Liek
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thanks for your replies.

Anyone share their experiences?

@Andrea
What's your score in Mala Gupta's mock exam? Did you also bought enthuware exam?
Rico Felix
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I have taken the exam and scored 88%.
This was mainly due to the type of monitor used to deliver the exam which was a CRT monitor.
It was difficult for me to focus on the screen to analyse 90 code snippets using that monitor having been used to using only LCD screens.
Having said that, the exam is fairly straightforward and manageable once you know the basics of the language's rules and syntax.
 
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