• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
programming forums Java Mobile Certification Databases Caching Books Engineering Micro Controllers OS Languages Paradigms IDEs Build Tools Frameworks Application Servers Open Source This Site Careers Other Pie Elite all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
  • Campbell Ritchie
  • Liutauras Vilda
  • Tim Cooke
  • Jeanne Boyarsky
  • Paul Clapham
  • Devaka Cooray
  • Ron McLeod
  • paul wheaton
Saloon Keepers:
  • Tim Moores
  • Piet Souris
  • Tim Holloway
  • Stephan van Hulst
  • Carey Brown
  • Al Hobbs
  • Frits Walraven
  • Scott Selikoff

Test Scoring Method?

Ranch Hand
Posts: 294
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Aloha ranchers!

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
- 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!

Ranch Hand
Posts: 1274
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Howdy(*) Doug,

welcome to the Ranch!

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.

Perhaps you should have a look on our FAQ pages. You'll find some mock exams there as well.

Sorry for not being in Hawaii. I'm from Hamburg, Germany, almost the contrary (bad weather, no volcanos, no seismic activity at all).

And have a look at your private messages by clicking the "My Profile" link near the top of the page.


(*) Howdy equals Aloha.

edit: link repaired
[ September 16, 2007: Message edited by: Burkhard Hassel ]
If you settle for what they are giving you, you deserve what you get. Fight for this tiny ad!
the value of filler advertising in 2021
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic