Let me explain you the whole incident: I appeared for SCEA (310-052) exam on 20th July 09 at 16:00 PM at the test center (site code :IIF94) in India. After finishing all the required formalities (submission of 2 Identify proof, voucher details), I started with the test at 16:30 PM.
Ambience of Test Room:
There were 4 computers in a row and at the back of candidate there is glass window, On the other side of glass window, test center employees were seated. They were chatting, talking on cell phones which was creating a lot of noise in test room.
Test Started @ 16:30 PM
I started the test and answered 5 questions. As mentioned earlier, test room was too noisy which made me feel uneasy, so I turned back towards employees through glass window, then I saw, 2 test center employees were noting down questions and answers of my test. I just had a question in my mind that why were they doing this? So I asked them on which they replied “Sir, please do not turn your head as Camera is watching and may report as cheat incident to prometric”. I clearly saw them noting down all the question and answes.
I again asked them why were they noting Q&A? They replied back “Sir, please do your work and let us do our work”.I could not concentrate on my test as they were sitting close near me and were continuously talking, noting down questions.
After test, I approaced to test center employees for this. Then they apologized for this kind of behavior and told me that they were doing to benefit forthcoming enrolled candidates for SCEA exams.
Listening to this I was shocked that there was no value of the test. As few candidates can clear with help of test center with out putting any efforts. I was furious as I had spend so many sleepless nights preparing for this exam and some can get through the exam so easily.
I have reported same to prometric and asking them to take some strict action towards the test center and please update version of SCEA exam (310-052) for test center so that this test should be fair enough for everyone.
Dont be tense Amit, People who cheat wont be able to clear part 2 /3 and at the end of day it's the learning path/journey for SCEA which helps individual to grow and not by copying questions and answers. At the end of day, path and journey towards SCEA is more satisfying and dont forget in this world, we have all kinds of people. I think you did the right thing by complaining. I would done the same thing as you did.
I think they did the same thing in the test i took but really could not realise about it,could no prove it, so no matter because i they are doing such thing they dont know wich one are the right questions.
I don know why they look how you answer,may be procedure.....
Very strange anyway, not quite usefull, probably internal purposes....
In the first test i took for SCJP the were not in the room
Sorry to hear this.
Whenever I had to pass a Sun certification at Prometric I was allowed to have a 4-person room (which was empty almost always) and the only noise was coming from the mouse/keyboard. The exception was when passing the SCEA test (beta) in 2007. Then there were 2-3 persons in a 20 seats lab but that was not my regular Prometric center.
I would check first to see the environment before going in because this can cost you a lot.
Reporting this incident is the right thing to do because SCEA is the highest-values Sun Certification in my view so this kind of treatment from test center employees is unacceptable.
Fortunately you can work on part 2 and 3 in the comfort of your own home.
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