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Garner Press exam: very tough

 
Jan Sterk
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I just took the exam (web page). You get a free subsciption for one with Charles Lyon's SCWCD Study Companion.

The questions are very good, and that's what scared me I got only 71%. Before that, I took 3 Enthuware exams, and got 84%, 90% and 86%.

Am I just having a bad day, or is the exam really tough?
 
Joy Mukherjee
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If you are getting 80% + for the Enthuware Exam you are all set for the real one. The Real one is almost of the same standard as JWbplus 5.

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No it's not just you - having looked down the list of everyone's scores it is tough (at least compared to SCWCD 1.4 style questions, which was the baseline for comparison)... I didn't think it was too hard (though certainly not easy) when I wrote it, but then I knew the answers :roll: As you'll have found, there are explanations supplied along with the answers page, so you can see exactly what little thing the question was based around, and usually it is just one key idea. Also I see a lot of people who have tried the exam and just scraped a fail first time (literally one question below the pass mark), then tried again a week or two later and scored 10-15% higher... so at least it has a positive impact of reviewing all the content once more. I'd rather that than lead anyone to believe they'll pass, then they fail

On reflection, I would say the purpose of the GP mock exam is to make sure you know the material thoroughly and can spot tricky things - for that reason, if your confidence is likely to be knocked by a low score, I'd suggest doing it after reading books but before other mocks (or do it again to see if you improve!). The others will then only boost your confidence, which is a really important factor too

If you pass the GP mock exam, which you have, you should pass the real thing with a considerably higher percentage, and a heightened awareness of what things can sometimes catch candidates out. 71% is a higher than average score, so bad days aside, I'd predict 85% or higher in the real exam, which is excellent.

I've heard the questions in the book can be considered tough too, but I hope you found the book useful regardless... Finally, good luck and do let us know how you get on!
 
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