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Anticlimactic essay exam.

 
Jeremy Botha
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Just got back from the most anticlimactic exam ever (and I thought SCJP was bad).

Anyone else work themselves up into a tizz over the SCJD essay exam, only to get there and go 'Huh. Is that all?'

I must have got the arbest questions ever; found it quite challenging to think up enough to actually write down! Not a single question about patterns or interesting design choices to be seen anywhere. Oh well.

Jeremy
 
Jeroen T Wenting
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The sole purpose of the essay exam is to give the assessors some of your thoughts so they can compare them with what you claim to be your code.
If there are serious differences there, they'll fail you for not writing it yourself.

The exam isn't meant to test anything except that.
 
Jeremy Botha
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Fair enough, though it would have been nice to have been asked more about why certain architectural decisions were made as opposed to really arbitrary questions about the UI interface.

Oh well.

J
 
Kelly Wood
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Can you give me a rough idea of what the written exam is about? If not design decisions then what kind of questions are there?
 
Jeremy Botha
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Hi, Kelly.

Basically, the questions were pretty much all of the 'why did you do X. Explain your choice. What are the advantages and disadvantages'.

I was asked one on networking, one on threading, one on searching and one one my ui. I don't think I'm allowed to give you the exact text of the questions, but the above should give you a general idea. As Jeroen said, it's very much more orientated towards ensuring you're the one who wrote your code as opposed to asking for in-depth design criteria.

Jeremy
 
josine wilms
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Jeremy,

Thanks a lot sharing the kind of questions on your exam!

I think Sun does that well, I think it's a good approach.

If you've done your own exam and made all the decisions yourself/most with help of books, Google and Javaranch, you'll have spent a lot of time on the assignment anyway I did / do
 
Jeremy Botha
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Josine - no problem. My worst moment was trying to remember the details of the threading model I'd used. Heh. At least I'd spent the 3 days prior to writing going through my code and refreshing the model in my head.

J
 
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They can't ask specific questions relating to your specific solution because they would have to create a custom exam for each applicant in that case and the exam is generic.
So the questions are of necessity generic as well.
 
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