Ranch newb here. A little about myself first. I'm an old schooler (remember the Comodore 64 or the TRS-80)? Got both of those in my garage. I'm a hard core 'C' programmer with some assembly spice and Unix/Linix/Windows gears turning the drive shaft. ATM, I'm unemployed and using the opportunity to improve my marketability and am going for the SCJP certification. I've mostly read the Head Rush Java book and am just getting into the SCJP Study Guide for J5. From what I've read so far in the study guide, I wouldn't pass the exam from the head rush book alone.
I haven't come across how the exam is scored when multiple selections are possible in a question, so, I'm curious how the certification exam is scored?.?. The method I'm using for the self test is as follows: Multiple choice: - For each correct choice, I get a point added to the score. - For each incorrect choice, I get dinged a point (i.e. -1 from the score). - If I don't select a correct choice, the score doesn't change. At the end of the self test, I add up the total correct choices from the answwers (there could be more points than answers). Then, I go down my answers and add, ding or do nothing, depending on how I did. And yes, if I really screwed the pooch, I could have a negative score .
So, is that method in line with how the actual exam is scored? - Or - is an all or nothing rip?
Oh, and if any of you are in the Honolulu area or know of someone in dire need of a (web) developer, I'm reachable, flexible, humorable and interestedable. Or, just say Hi!
No, it's a "all or nothing rip". The scoring scheme is very easy: if you have only one tick in the wrong place, the whole question is wrong. All questions (72 in the actual exams) are only treated as right or wrong, so either 1 or 0 points for each question.