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I don't like long questions as they are time consuming. As for time management, would it be better to mark and skip long questions? Thanks
 
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Not really. You aren't going to be able to skip them entirely. And going back to them later just moves the problem to the end of the exam. Which could help in that you limit the damage of running out of time. It's just not a good place to be.

You need to practice getting faster at all the questions including the long ones *before* going to take the real exam. One way to do this is to practice taking the same end of chapter review questions many times. This will train your brain to look for patterns quickly. That way when you see a method that doesn't compile, you can identify it quickly and move on.
 
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Personally, I find this to be a good strategy since every question has a same weight, and next question is not related to current question. If a question is longer than a threshold, I don't even read it, just mark it and skip. Had I spent much time to read and solve long questions, I might not have enough time to solve short questions. Even if I do, I would be (1) under pressure and (2) uncertain whether subsequent questions would be long.
 
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Marking them to go back to later would be fine. It's skipping entirely that I don't think is wise.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:You need to practice getting faster at all the questions including the long ones *before* going to take the real exam.



I agree, you need to practice answering the long questions fast before the exam. It's a skill in itself, and very important in this particular exam. If you read about 2/3 of a question, decide it's too long, then mark it for revision, you will have even less time to do it in the end. Assuming that you will start reading that question from the beginning again, you will have lost the time it took you to read it the first time around.

Plus, from my experience, a lot of the long ones are actually quick to answer. You just need to be strategic about it: read the question, read the answers, then and only then look at the code.
 
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