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Maria Lepschy
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Hello,
I need your help for understanding how the exam will be performed. There are two parts.
First part:
I have to download an assignment and do the programming on my own computer and later send this to Sun to receive the score??
Second part-Essay Exam: will be at the Test Center?
How mutch time must be between the first and the second part?
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Maria
 
Dixon Alexander
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On first part your right.
but the second part.
It is recommended that after submitting the assignment to sun, you take essay exam. ASAP about 2 days to a week, so that you don't forget the concepts ETC.
the second part is taken at a prometric center.
I hope this helps.

 
Dixon Alexander
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By the way,
after submitting the assignment you must do the essay, the test is based on the 2 scores combined. the essay is like 10% of the score, but I'm not sure.
But my understanding is that essay will tell the reviewer that you did it yourself and that you understand, and will be able to explain the project to anyone. ETC.
P.S. the assignment is done by you on your PC of course.

 
Maria Lepschy
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Many thanks, Dev.
 
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I don't think the essay exam results are part of the score at all but are just used to verify that you actually did it.
 
Jason Mowat
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Greetings,
I was under the assumption that the essay was based on your specific submission. I thought that the tester would look at your project and then, if you passed it, create a custom essay based on your specific design choices.
I take it this is not the case?
If not, are the essay questions canned? E.g. "Explain your locking mechanism and how you protect your file access from multiple concurrent updates".
Thanks,
Jason
 
Dixon Alexander
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Jason,
I'm not for sure I'm mostly assuming but I was just giving her an idea, but I'm pretty sure that ESSAY has weight on the outcome of the Exam, and YES I think that the questions are generic, the fact that they are Generic or like you say "canned" doesn't mean that they are Easy, it's kinda what they want everyone to answer, ETC.
Well,
I hope that one of the real experts comes and clarify this one for us, that would help.
Thanks.
Originally posted by Jason Mowat:
Greetings,
I was under the assumption that the essay was based on your specific submission. I thought that the tester would look at your project and then, if you passed it, create a custom essay based on your specific design choices.
I take it this is not the case?
If not, are the essay questions canned? E.g. "Explain your locking mechanism and how you protect your file access from multiple concurrent updates".
Thanks,
Jason
 
George Marinkovich
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The exam questions are generic, they are not based on your submission. Since you can schedule your exam immediately after you upload your assignment it would seem rather impractical for them to be based on your specific assignment upload.
As to what the questions are I would let the marking section of your assignment instructions be your rough guide:
General Considerations (100 points)
Documentation (70 points)
Object-orietned design (30 points)
User Interface (40 points)
Locking (80 points)
Data class (40 points)
Server (40 points)
Looking at these categories and point totals I would expect that it's likely that I might be asked questions about locking, the user interface, the data class, and the server, since those seem to be the four most important categories. It's hard for me to imagine a question that could be asked about general considerations, documentation, or object-oriented design, but I guess those are possible.
Remember the real purpose of the test is to make certain that you did the work on the project and therefore you know your project very well (that is, you know whether, how, and why you did such and such). If you did your own work on the project it should be straightforward to answer these questions. As far as I can tell you are not actually graded on the Prometric exam. The exam is used to reach an answer to the question: did this person do the project he submitted? I guess it might also influence the grading of your submission if the grader felt you really didn't fully undertand the reasons why you did certain things.
Hope this helps,
George
 
Jason Mowat
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Thanks for the info. I was wondering what people meant when they said they booked their exams the day after the submitted their project. Now I know :-)
Cheers,
Jason
 
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Hi George,
Originally posted by George Marinkovich:
The exam questions are generic, they are not based on your submission.

When I did the exam, the questions were generic, but still relevant to my submission.
So I had questions like: "Did you use a JTable or a JTree to display your data to the user". Obviously I did not have that exact question, since we must use a JTable. But you can see how the answers were dependant on what I had actually submitted.
Originally posted by George Marinkovich:
Since you can schedule your exam immediately after you upload your assignment it would seem rather impractical for them to be based on your specific assignment upload.

Agreed - but by making the questions relevant to the choices you make, the answers can be used to verify that you wrote your submission.
And thanks for listing the points spread on the assignment - as all the points available for the assignment are listed, then I cannot see how you could gain/loose marks on the essay exam - it is only there to verify that you wrote the assignment you submitted.
Regards, Andrew
 
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Hi Andrew,
I agree with all the points you made in your post.
By generic I meant only that the questions are not based on something specific about one's particular submission. Of course, all the questions are relevant to the assignment and therefore to one's submission. The questions are based specifically on the assignment and are not generic in that sense. I meant only to suggest that one should not expect to see a question saying something like: "You used a dialog to allow the user to enter the customer ID. Why did you choose this rather than allow editing of the customer ID in the JTable, or having a textfield for editing the customer ID on the main window?" One might get a more generic question that basically asks the same thing: "How do you allow the user to book a record? Why did you do it this way?" My (admittedly minor) point is only that one should expect questions that deal with specifics about the assignment but phrased in a generic way such that they are appropriate and applicable to all candidates who have submitted a project based on the same assignment.
Hope this helps,
George
 
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