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Paper and pencil for exam

 
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First let me say that the K&B book has been invaluable to me for preparing for this exam. Thank you, guys, for writing it.

That said, I would like to caution you test takers that the recommendation on page xxxvi in the book published with Copyright 2006 about using paper and pencil seems to be impossible. I made 3 calls to the local testing center, 2 calls to corporate Prometric and 4 calls to Sun only to be told that paper and pencil is NOT allowed, is NOT possible and NO exceptions will be made so that all test takers take the test under the same conditions.

I wasted a good part of the day trying to fight for my right to use paper and pencil but to no avail.

This message is just a warning to those (like me) that thought they would be able to use paper and pencil.

Too bad, too, because I tend to write TONS while figuring out the answers.

Lastly, let me say that I used 2 books and several websites and some free and paid-for test practice software and I have found that the K&B book was, by far, the best tool for preparation.

I'll post back my results after I take this test.
 
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What you should get provided with is a small whiteboard and marker pen, both of which are returned to the test centre when you have done. Paper and pencils are not allowed to avoid the questions being copied and smuggled out of the test centre to be used in braindumps.

Anyway - good luck!
 
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Originally posted by Barry Gaunt:
What you should get provided with is a small whiteboard and marker pen, both of which are returned to the test centre when you have done...


That was my experience (years ago), and that's what our SCJP FAQ says. I can't imagine having nothing to write with. Let us know what they provide you with at the testing center.

In any case, don't let a detail like this distract you. Stay relaxed and be confident that you will do fine with whatever is provided.
[ April 30, 2007: Message edited by: marc weber ]
 
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One would think that there are enough people out there that have taken the exam recently to know what they do provide and don't provide. It would be nice if some others would share there experience.
 
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