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Sampling before the real test ?

 
Madhav Lakkapragada
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If I don't do well in this sample test, can I assume that I will get all easy qstns.
Seems to me that this is kind of a cheap trick..........
I expect the exam must have a consistent flavor for everyone. You know kinda like a set standard.
Any other thoughts.....please.
- satya............disappointed........

ps:
I am talking about the real exam, nothing personal to anyone. Hope you don't mind me asking.
[ February 21, 2002: Message edited by: Madhav Lakkapragada ]
[ February 21, 2002: Message edited by: Madhav Lakkapragada ]
 
Ian B Anderson
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Hello,
OK I can't remember where I read this but...
I think Sun were debating changing their testing style so that you didn't get a set amount of questions. You were asked questions until you proved your knowledge in that area. Say for example I answer 5 tough questions on the Servlet Model correctly then I don’t get asked any more on the Servlet Model. However if I got a couple wrong I would then get asked some more so the test could decide whether I passed that area. This would mean that maybe someone who new everything could pass in less time with less questions than someone who was trying to guess their way through.
However from what’s been said about this sample test I don’t believe that is happening (You get 60 questions irrespective of how many you get right and you can flick through them).
When I did the Programmer and Developer exams you get asked questions at the end about your knowledge of Java. I just ticked any boxes there not giving true information because I wanted to get my score. I think that this survey is maybe trying to replace this and get more accurate answers from people. (The only thing that doesn’t make sense is that they could just look at your test score and work out your Java knowledge from there… now I’m confusing myself!)
I think (and hope) that the survey doesn’t affect the questions you get but it might be in place for a different kind of assessment in the future.
Ian
 
Ajith Kallambella
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Its called adaptive testing. The next question that is chosen has direct relation to the difficulty of the current question and whether you were able to answer it correctly.
This is the way GMAT works. Non-linear adaptive testing is the hottest thing in cognitive metrics area. It is gaining popularity because of every test taker gets the same 'odds' of cracking the test. A super intelligent candidate will answer fewer tough questions to reach the finish line while the moderate guy will have to take on more questions that are moderately difficult.
Whether this is where Sun wants to go, is anybody's guess :roll:
 
Madhav Lakkapragada
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I think (and hope) that the survey doesn’t affect the questions you get but it might be in place for a different kind of assessment in the future.

I too hope its that way.
Thats not the impression I got from other posts here....
Anyways......when the time comes, we will know...
- satya
 
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