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NX: Can we discuss Exam questions here?

 
Morgan Bath
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I had 3 reasonable questions BUT one very .... errr ... odd is the best word. Am I allowed to discuss it here or is that a big NO NO!?
 
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I also got one that I wasn't really expecting, but it wasn't too bad, and I got full marks for that section anyway. So must have answered it ok.
Maybe we should wait for Andrew's comment.
Perhaps discussing it in abstract is OK. But not sure it would be cool to post the actual question. Although all those questions are really subject to your own assignment anyway.
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Morgan Bath
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The problem is that it asked me something id not really put much thought into. Its like if someone asked you to justify using exlorer instead of netscape and your first thought was "cos its there and I always use it". For all you knew netscape is 1000 times better but you really hadn't thought it was important.
Once you leave the room you check some specs and come up with 10 reason IE is better and 10 reason why its worse, but at the time you used the borwser the only real reason was thats just the way you had been doing it and you never considered it important enough to make a design decision on it
Its not like they will think I cheated, but they are (and quite rightly) gonna think "AHA, you didnt even consider that did you? I bet you dont even know the specific constructor of that class right!?".
 
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Morgan,
the only real reason was thats just the way you had been doing it and you never considered it important enough to make a design decision on it

I too got caught off guard, probably by the same question. In my response, I said that I was very familiar with one of the approaches from having used it before and found it pretty easy, therefore I never gave more than a cursory glance to the alternative because it seemed more difficult and offered no obvious advantage.
I wouldn't be too concerned about it as that is a reasonable and practical thing to do.
 
Morgan Bath
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Your answer sounded better than mine I babled something about how my choice made the design more obvious (which it does) and then went on to justify the design rather than the element of the design in question.
The annoying thing is that now I can think of at least 5 damned hot reasons why my choice was the right one, but I have to be honest and admit it was just sheer habit and wanting the package classes to 'look' a certain way.
They threw me a curve ball and i totally fluffed it. In that respect it was a good question. It exposed a habit where a design decision should have been.
Well they probably know they got me and ill lose some points. And I suppose I cant argue. At least they will know I didnt cheat
 
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This question elicited my absolutely weakest answer on the exam. Fortunately, if higher education has taught me anything, it's how to write a well structured four paragraph response to any question regardless of whether or not I have the faintest idea what I'm talking about. One can also fall back on the time-honoured trait of politicians who, when they can't or don't want to answer the question asked, answer the question that should have been asked.
I wasn't terribly concerned about my weak answer on this question because I felt the other three questions were orders of magnitude more important. It's interesting (and amusing) to hear how many people were caught off guard by this question. Remember, the purpose of the exam is really to convince the examiner that the person who submitted the project and the person taking the essay exam are, in fact, the same person. I suspect many people have rather lame responses to this question. It's a perverse thought, but maybe having a lame answer to this question is taken to be further evidence that the candidate did all the work on the project himself. Since the question concerns such a minor issue (compared to the other questions), one would expect that of all the questions on the essay test it should be the one with the weakest answer. Maybe having a strong answer with elaborate supporting points for this question looks suspicious?
Just kidding
 
Morgan Bath
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Perhaps all is not lost then: I did slide very rapidly into describing what I thought the question should have been
Im sure it wont fool them but ill be surprised if I lose enough marks to make a difference.
 
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Hi everyone,
Am I allowed to discuss it here or is that a big NO NO!?

You may not describe or talk about the questions you saw on any of the Sun exams - see the JavaRanch Policy on Real Questions for further details.
I like the way you have been discussing it in this thread: talking about the type of question / why it caused consternation / how you handled it - all without mentioning the question itself.
I also had a question on something I had not considered, and I answered it by saying that I had not considered it because of my 'blah blah blah' design.
Regards, Andrew
 
Morgan Bath
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I should have said I hadnt considered it, but at the time I couldnt have even explained why I hadnt. I just blanked. So I discussed what I did, how it affected the design etc. But not why I chose it, advantages vs disadvantages etc. I came home curious as to why I hadnt thought of using the alternative at all (i mean it never even entered my mind) and when I looked at the API docs when i got home I immediately remembered why I dont use it, and why I probably never will Its such a 'never gonna happen' cos of the way I like to do things that id love to start a thread on another board here to discuss it further. But i guess ill have to wait a few months until people forget this post!
 
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