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Whizlabs & ePractizeLabs life experience

 
Gon Badon
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Hello SCEA community! I was recently rethinking the opportunity to join your lines in the near future. I have already managed to become the member of the honorable SCJP, SCWCD and SCBCD communities and was considering SCEA as a next logical step. I decided to skip SCDJWS since profession advantages gained from SCEA certificate bring me more flexibility and make be a better player on the market

Anyway, as a first step, I have purchased a Whizlabs SCEA preparation tool and took the Diagnostic Exam in order to test my guts. Guess what! I passed it with 75%! and without any prior preparation. I was answering questions intuitively without really analyzing them and after I have finished I still had 45 min to review my questions, which I did not do!

I am not considering myself a bright person and of course don�t want you to think I am; and I did not dream the right answers the previous night; and, again, of course, will not schedule the real exam for tomorrow; it also does not tell a lot of my readiness for the real exam; and I cannot compare diagnostic exam with the real exam, but�it was so xxxx easy.

Because of this, I would like to address the following question to SCEA community � how much, from you experience, the difficulty of the Whizlabs can be compared to the difficulty of the real exam? If you say, it is somewhere 2/3 easier then I start wondering whether statement 150% pass guaranty is really a true statement or some false advertisement. Shouldn�t it be something 60% pass guarantee?

Thank you all.

P.S. I would also like to share some experience with the ePractize Labs product for SCEA. Actually, I bought it before Whizlabs, it was around week ago, but still I could not get it work. That�s why I decided to buy Whizlabs afterwards. Anyway, I have paid around 40eur with the discount they offer at the moment.

I did the following. I have created the image on which I was planning to install ePractize. I did it in order not to worry about the licenses, since there are limitations on number of activation and to be able to back up the system. In addition to this I wanted to be able to run the product whenever I want it, e.g. my own Mac, my wife�s PC, my child�s x-box, my employees mainframe, my parent�s microwave, you name it; I wanted to practice at home, work, during vocation, at cafe, during the lunch, in metro, while talking to my boss and not only in front of Pentium I PC in the basement of my grandfathers� house. Come on! this 21 century!

At the end, I could not get ePractize run! Such a tiny application could not start up on such a powerful machine as mine. I am able to run games on Vmware! All the system requirements were met by multiplying them ten times. Btw, Whizlabs runs smoothly.

I contacted ePractize support; they asked me to send them some error.log file which was stating that the application cannot start due to the hardware limitation, or something like this. I did send the file, which was already one week ago. Since then I did not hear anything from them. Nice service for 40 Eur!
 
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