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Wizlabs, worth the money?

 
m shoe
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I'm new to the ranch, but not to J2EE. I have been studying Paul Allen's book along with taking Whizlabs practice tests. Im scoring slightly below passing or slightly above passing on Whizlabs practice tests. I feel I know the material pretty well but I'm getting tripped up on the way Whizlabs phrases the questions. Not to mention there are a handful of questions that are just plain wrong. Anyway, just wondering if the most people score better, worse, or same on the real exam. Thanks in advance.

Also, any other suggestions are appreciated.

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Deepak Pant
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Whizlab questions did helped me in my preparation.

You are correct, some of the questions seem to be incorrect.

But wording of most of question is in lines with what you will find in the actual exam. Basically whizlabs is worth it
 
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How did you score on the exam? Same as whizlabs? Better? Worse?
 
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I scored 89% marks in SCEA Part I exam. I lost marks in 5 questions out of a total of 48 questions.

And I feel I lost marks because of wierd wording of some those questions in the actual exam.
[ December 28, 2004: Message edited by: Deepak Pant ]
 
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So what kinds of scores were you getting on the Whizlabs exams? I have taken several Microsoft exams and they were just about identical to the exams provided by a company called Transcender. So basically, if you were getting X% on the practice exam, your real exam score would be almost identical. I'm wondering if this is the case.
 
Deepak Pant
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Hmmm...too many questions...

I was not doing very well on some of the practice tests.

I think in SCEA Part I exam, I scored more than my average score in whizlabs simulator.

But I am not at all suggesting that you rely on just the simulator to pass the exam. You do need to go thru details on EJBs, Security, Applet, Design Patterns, UML etc. The simulator is out there to throw questions.
 
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"shoesobjects" Welcome to JavaRanch. Please take a few moments to read the JavaRanch Naming Policy. You could change your displayed name to conform with it via your profile.

Thanks

Nick
 
Chris Reeve
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Why should someone spend 100 bucks in getting the exam from Whizlabs, when the 288 questions are for free?
[ December 28, 2004: Message edited by: Chris Reeve ]
 
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Hi,

Chrit made a good point. Anyway, this time I bought the trainings matrial for SCEA provided by Wizlabs.

I passed part one with a grade of 85%.

One reason why I passed is that I used Wizlabs' trainings material.
Lucy
 
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Hi all,

My opinion is that Whizlab's product is worth it.

I must say I wasn't entirely satisfied with it for the same reasons as the original poster wrote, but I had never taken tests like these before and I might not have passed if I hadn't known what to expect.

I passed the part I exam two days ago. On the whole I scored 84% on the Whizlab exams (when taken for the first time). I passed the real exam with 97%, so I guess it is true that the real exams are somewhat easier.

In part I think that I scored less on the Whizlab exams because of the way questions were phrased, plain disagreement and some errors. For example, there was a question for which you had to select three choices. According to Whizlab the correct answers where options a, b and c. Option d however was phrased like "a, b and c". So there were really four correct ones.

Nevertheless, the Whizlab product was worth it because it prepared me for the kind of questions to expect and the focus on details. One small surprise was that the real exam asked questions about B2B architectures (hub, spoke and such). The Whizlab exams did not have similar questions.

One important advice I would like to give is that studying the EJB 1.1 specification is REALLY useful, necessary even. It made answering the detailed questions about state management and such (almost) easy.

Hope this helps,
Wen
 
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Worth the money. Nine exams (when I used it), each item has explanations so you're not left stumped after you take a practice exam. Questions were a little harder than the actual exam but that's a good thing because it makes you study more.

Calen
 
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Why should someone spend 100 bucks in getting the exam from Whizlabs, when the 288 questions are for free?


Where can I see these free questions?
Please reply with URLs.
 
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Yeah, you can get pretty much the same questions on the internet, but you don't get the explanations.

Calen
 
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Just wanted to answer my own question.

I took the SCEA part 1 exam and scored 42 out of 48 correct = 87%. I consistantly scored between 31 and 36 correct using Whizlabs practice exams, therefore in my experience the real exam is easier than Whizlabs. Take that for what it's worth.
 
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