I'm new here on CodeRanch. Have read the FAQ, some summaries and made some keyword-searching on the forum, but I still wonder...
How does the real exam software look like?
What differences does it have to EnthuWare's software (beside the "pause exam" button)?
Can I go forwards and backwards through the questions there?
Can I mark a question for review? What does this mark mean there?
Can I review only "marked-for-review" questions?
How do I get to those marked questions after I have reached the last question?
I would like to be prepared to the user interface I have never used before.
If somebody remembers, please describe it.
I'd suggest you concentrate on the topics you need to know, and do not worry about the tool too much.
I believe software has all the features to accommodate quiz style test, so, it shouldn't negatively influence your score.
You'll be introduced to software prior the test and will be able to play around for a while before you start actual exam.
Despite the fact I know how recently the certificating application looked, this doesn't mean it can't change.
Anyway, to most of your questions answer is yes.
Martin Briones wrote:Just to add, does the real exam have sorting options? e.g. sorting difficulty, topics, etc.?
What is difficult for you, might easy for me, and other way round. So how you'd define difficulty? I know some mock exams software distinguish those, but the real exam doesn't have that as far as I'm aware.
Again, guys, in all that time thinking through all those options, you could read 2 chapters of the book and do some mock tests, which probably would be way more useful than to think how to tune your performance in order to be aligned with the software you're going to be given - just be ready on content when the day comes and don't worry about the tool. Probably you'd lose more if the monitor would appear to be 15' as you'd need to scroll up/down/up/down in order to see code and possible answers - that could possibly annoy, and probably a lot - but for that you could contact testing centres to ask for such information.
And a special thank to Jeanne for the best book ever!
Don't get me wrong. I'm just trying to find out the right exam taking strategy for me. If I know, what does the real exam software allow me to do, I can train myself on the EnthuWare, so I can manage my time, answering the questions in the most comfortable order.
I already know the topics, needed for the exam (thanks to the Jeanne's and Scott's book). What I need now is to do so many mock exams as I can, because there are still many questions, that I get wrong just because of inadvertence or because I've spent to much time on some questions with much code to analyse.
Sahadete Jashari wrote:I would like to be prepared to the user interface I have never used before.
If somebody remembers, please describe it.
The testing center is required to provide "writing materials". Back in the days it was a pen and some sheets of paper, nowadays it's a marker, some erasable paper sheets/whiteboard and a wiper.
Each question clearly specifies the number of options you have to select. If only one answer is required, radio buttons will be used (and thus you can only select one answer). And there are no points for partially correct answers, so you have to select all correct options in order to get one point for that question. And there is no negative marking if you get a question wrong, so you can guess for free
When only one option has to be selected, you have radio buttons. When multiple options have to be selected, you have checkboxes. Both have the standard behavior you can expect. So if you have radio buttons, the previously selected option will be unselected when you select another option. With checkboxes, you have to manually unselect a checkbox if you have selected a wrong option. You even get a warning/error message if you try to select more options than you have to for that question.
When you click on the "Next" button after answering the last question, you do not finish the exam! You get a review page: this page contains some explanatory text and then you have a table which contains all incomplete questions and all marked (for review) questions (ordered by question number). At the bottom you have at the left 3 buttons:
review all questions
review incomplete questions
review marked questions
When you review a marked question, the exam software does not clear the mark (checkbox). You have to do it yourself. If you don't do that, this question will remain in the overview.
At the right, you have the "Finish" button to finish the exam. If you hit this button, you get an alert with a message similar to this one: "are you sure you want to finish the exam? Remember this action is permanent and you can't go back to the questions". And you have 2 buttons: one to cancel and one to really finish the exam.