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Has anyone ever actually taken an online exam that a placement agency made you take that was actually good? I have taken two this last week, one on java and one on servlets.
The one on java was asking me things that I have never done before in my life, and I was looking about everything up in javadoc. The servlets one was even worse, as it was using deprecated methods, code samples that would never compile, and asking questions that just made no sense and you would never do in the real world anyway. I scored a whopping 60% on that one. I emailed the agency back to give my complaints. Who knows if it will do any good.
Has anyone ever taken an exam that actually might truly reflect a person's ability? I understand the need to see where a person is at, but there has got to be a better way than this!
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you can't blame the agency . It surely test the level of programming in you . But i would say that this is not the ultimate result which you've got from this agency .

Originally posted by Brian Nice:
Has anyone ever actually taken an online exam that a placement agency made you take that was actually good? I have taken two this last week, one on java and one on servlets.
The one on java was asking me things that I have never done before in my life, and I was looking about everything up in javadoc. The servlets one was even worse, as it was using deprecated methods, code samples that would never compile, and asking questions that just made no sense and you would never do in the real world anyway. I scored a whopping 60% on that one. I emailed the agency back to give my complaints. Who knows if it will do any good.
Has anyone ever taken an exam that actually might truly reflect a person's ability? I understand the need to see where a person is at, but there has got to be a better way than this!
Brian


 
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Originally posted by Brian Nice:
Has anyone ever actually taken an online exam that a placement agency made you take that was actually good?


I took one of these awhile ago with a placement agency that was trying to ascertain my UNIX skills. Unfortunately, the test really dwelt on some of the more arcane (at least as far as a Java programmer is concerned) aspects of the OS. I would say about 50% or more of the test concerned shell scripting! All they really needed to determine was whether or not I can function in a UNIX environment--not whether I can write a nice script to back up the development server!
Thankfully I've never had to take a Java one, though--I think the SCJP exam was punishment enough .
Buzz Andersen
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