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SCEA5 ePractice exam

 
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Hi,
anybody got an opinion on the ePractice exam offered by Sun for SCEA5?

http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/WGS-PREX-J052C.xml

It's $55, so it's not cheap to me. About 120 questions (for Part 1 only, I think), but I'd like to know about any experiences people have had with it.

Feel free to email me your experiences at: webservices.architect@gmail.com, since I cannot always visit this website.
Regards,
-jeff
 
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Everyone,

If you wish to respond privately to Jeff, great, but it would be nice to see the responses also listed here in the forum.

See "Use The Forum Not Email" for reasons why.

Thanks,

Andrew
 
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Hello Jeff,

any news on this so far? could you please post here any reply you might get in your email?

thanks in advance,
Rodrigo
 
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Hi Jeff,

I have purchased the ePractice exam for SCEA5.
Opinion.... I find that it's quite useful in the sense it gives an idea on how the actual exam questions will be like.

Moreover, based on the question... You can kind of tell how to answer the questions..
e.g if the question asked about guarantee messaging... then you know that the answer shld be MDB or JMS


Also, from the answers there are references... so you will know where to focus to study.
 
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Originally posted by Rodrigo Cunha:
Hello Jeff,

any news on this so far? could you please post here any reply you might get in your email?

thanks in advance,
Rodrigo



Nobody sent me any private email on this topic. Just the one reply on this forum from Selina Tan above. (Thank you for that, Selina).
Regards,
-jeff
 
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Originally posted by Jeff Walker:


Nobody sent me any private email on this topic. Just the one reply on this forum from Selina Tan above. (Thank you for that, Selina).
Regards,
-jeff



Well, I went ahead and acquired the epractice, my personal opinion on it would definetly be.. weak! Even if you haven't gone over the subject for a specific question, you are easily able to tell the right answer by eliminating the wrong ones (which were real out of scope.. by not saying nonsenses).
Just hope the whizlabs mock exam won't let us down.

anyone who took the real exam would have a different opinion on this?
 
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If we purchase the Sun exam. Can we practice it multiple times ? or is the access only once ?

Regards
Ayub
 
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Originally posted by Ayub ali khan:
If we purchase the Sun exam. Can we practice it multiple times ? or is the access only once ?

Regards
Ayub




You get access to it for 12 months, for $55.
It's essentially two practice exams online, I think 60 questions in each.
(Interestingly, in the fine print, Sun reserves the right to use your responses in formulating future questions. Your responses cannot be seen by anyone else, except by Sun).
-jeff
 
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Originally posted by Rodrigo Cunha:


Well, I went ahead and acquired the epractice, my personal opinion on it would definetly be.. weak! Even if you haven't gone over the subject for a specific question, you are easily able to tell the right answer by eliminating the wrong ones (which were real out of scope.. by not saying nonsenses).
Just hope the whizlabs mock exam won't let us down.

anyone who took the real exam would have a different opinion on this?





Rodrigo,
this is most worrisome! If the 'official' practice exam from Sun is weak as you say, then it is of dubious value. I would like to reiterate my (untested) opinion, that the SCEA5 exam part I is noticeably harder than the older SCEA Part I exam.

Test-takers beware..it is a tough exam, as it should be, to have any value.
Congrats to all who have passed.
-jeff
 
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Originally posted by Jeff Walker:




Rodrigo,
this is most worrisome! If the 'official' practice exam from Sun is weak as you say, then it is of dubious value. I would like to reiterate my (untested) opinion, that the SCEA5 exam part I is noticeably harder than the older SCEA Part I exam.

Test-takers beware..it is a tough exam, as it should be, to have any value.
Congrats to all who have passed.
-jeff



Jeff,

I'm gonna go over this topic and review my opinion after I take the test (which I haven't so far.. still preparing).
One of the things that I deeply missed on the epractice was a more accurate explanation of the aswers provided.. you'll see things like..

choice A is correct
choice B,C,D are not correct because they don't address the requirements


ok, I believe they could at least have gone over the technologies mentioned on the wrong alternatives and explain why they don't address the requirements (some of them were really doubtful).

just my 2 cents on this
regards
 
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Originally posted by Rodrigo Cunha:


Jeff,

I'm gonna go over this topic and review my opinion after I take the test (which I haven't so far.. still preparing).
One of the things that I deeply missed on the epractice was a more accurate explanation of the aswers provided.. you'll see things like..

choice A is correct
choice B,C,D are not correct because they don't address the requirements


ok, I believe they could at least have gone over the technologies mentioned on the wrong alternatives and explain why they don't address the requirements (some of them were really doubtful).

just my 2 cents on this
regards



Agreed.
I'm doing the ePractice exam right now and it's not very hard. But the biggest complaint I have is what you have touched on, just a brief statement that 'a' and 'b' are correct, while 'c', 'd' and 'e' are not. Then a lame reference to a book or website where it is discussed. No detailed explanation given.

Another poster brought up an interesting point, that the questions in the ePractice exams are mostly single answers, while he found that the actual exam was heavily loaded with multiple answers.
I now truly doubt it is worth $55.
Good luck,
-jeff
 
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I can access them for free as I have SAI account
 
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