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Suns Online Practice Exam: Are they worth it??

 
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Hello All,
Does anyone have any feedback regarding Sun's online Practice exams??
http://suned.sun.com/US/catalog/courses/WGS-PREX-J025B.html
I've been contemplating whether or not to purchase 3-month, online access, but didn't want to waste $75.00 if it wasn't worth it. I do have JQ+ and of course access to countless other mock exams, but I'm thinking that Sun may be the best prep material in terms of mock exams, given the source. I've been struggling through JQ+, and other exams, but my feeling is that by taking the sun exam I will get a better sense of where I stand with their questions and format. I have learned a lot from taking the mocks, but some of the questions seem kind of off the wall and more like riddles than exam questions. Of course, on the other hand, they may do that for a reason.
I have found that this exam requires much more preperation than I expected, and that it requires a lot more of my time then other certification exams have (Oracle, for example). I've already spent 5 months preparing and still find mock questions that baffle me. Anyway, does anyone have any experience with Sun's Exams?
Thanks in advance,
Steve
 
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Hey Steve. I am just adding my comments to this so that it will appear in the new messages section. I asked the same question a little while ago ..... and apparently NO ONE has purchased this mock exam. I am not sure why no one will reply to this , but when you search the java ranch archives you will see this same question asked several times and no answer.
I have purchased the mock exam (but I havent written the exam yet so it doesnt do you much good). It is much easier then JQ+ ( which is supposed to be harder then the real exam.
Anyway , any information regarding the similarities to the real Exam would be much appreciated.
I assure you that after I write the exam (which hopefully will be soon (within 2 weeks))I will post comments on the similarities between the Sun Mock Exam and the real exam.
Thanks and sorry if I sound frustrated (Java can do that to a person some days)
 
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OK here's my lowdown on Sun's practice exam.
I bought it prior to my SCJP and here is my opinion...
*Pros
1. Similar Layout and type of questions to what you'll get on the exam (actually its nicer than the actual test) with weighting (ie amounts of question per section) close to the actual
2. Lots of questions - and several very similar to the actual exam
3. Good questions especially on IO and Arrays
*Cons
1. Cost - 50 quid (UK) is a lot coompared to J@Whiz or JQplus
2. Generally the questions were easier than what you will get in the actual exam ie I was scoring 85-90% here when in the actual I got 76%
3. Depending on your internet connection, the download times for questions and answers can be painfully slow... and mvoing between questions and answers can be frustrating as the navigation is pretty bad
4. Doesn't offer the same functionality as the other products eg timed tests etc
In summary its hard to definately recommend this product when compared to the other two, or Marcus Greens exams... but on balance its better than your average run-of-mill prac exam on the web. Still those are free and this 50 quid!
Hope this helps
 
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Thanks for the heads up.
I agree Sun's tests are way too expensive, which is probably why nobody answered Duncan's previous post.
I also found Suns sample questions to be ridiculously easy (at least the 10 free questions), compared with almost all of the mocks, and particularly compared to JQ+. Actually, when I first did took Sun's sample test, I scored a 90, this was before I got JQ+. What a surprise I was in for once I started taking JQ+!
I've spent so much time reading & coding and feel like I should be ready for the actual test. However, some of the mocks still get me, which means that I probably know less than I think, and have to study another month or so to feel comfortable enough to take the test (I've been saying that for the last, oh, 3 months or so . As a result, I've been digging up more and more resources (thanks to all for the resource posts), and have been debating whether or not to get Sun's test. I really don't want to spend that kind of money for something that goes away in 3 months, but on the other hand, I think it will help me (boy am I a sap! ). I guess I'll follow Duncan's lead and give them a try and post back after I take the exam. I'm thinking the more resources the better, and it's cheaper than flunking. Anyway, thanks for the advice.
Steve
 
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