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What's with the Survey?

 
marlon tan
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Thank you JavaRanch people for the help. I'm now SCWCD certified!
I have a question though. Before the exam proper, I was asked to answer some survey. (This was an online survey provided by Sun as a part of the SCWCD exam) The questions asked were more about my dept of knowledge in different SCWCD topics.
I am wondering if that survey I answered has anything to do with the difficulty of the questions given to me. what do you think?
Thank you very much.
 
Fei Ng
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Congratulations, marlon!!
 
Sudhir Bangera
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Congratulations Marlon...I got the exact score (81 %) and I took the survey before the test too and I have the same question...whether what you indicate in the survey affects the difficulty of question .
For example in the survey I said that my knowledge of Servlets was expert level (as I have used servlets in my project for around 2 years) and was surprised to get only 40 % in the Servlet Container model section (which obviously brought my total percentage down to 81 %).
So giving the benefit of doubt, it may be wise for aspiring SCWCD's to be modest about their skills in the survey (unless we hear from someone that he has landed a job probably at Sun or somewhere else based on his survey ).
I was more modest about my experience with Custom tags and in this section I scored 100 % .
Moral of the story...modesty pays ...
Lets forget about it and enjoy your success
Sudhir
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Sonalika Kapoor
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Though i faced the same but i dont think that its used for difficulty level of the exam.
regards
sonalika
 
Sudhir Bangera
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Well Sonalika, in your case "You can't improve on perfection" Congratulations again on your 100 % score in SCWCD...
Sudhir
 
James Hobson
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I think the survey is used for Sun for a number of purposes -- the most obvious for checking the difficulty:
If everyone says they have extensive knowledge, and then fails, over time Sun will make the exam easier, if people say "I have no idea what a servlet is" and then pass -> exam harder.
Also Sun can get an idea of where Java is going, and probably build up a marketing database -- they know where you work, and you just told them what you do, so now they know what to try to sell to you.
 
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