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Harsh Luck and sad end.. please do learn from my experience

 
Yogesh Bali
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One week before my voucher expiry date 30th june, i advance booked myself in the NIIT Delhi Prometric Center.. They had given me the slot of 30th june 12pm, but given me no receipt or anything for it... Told me to come on 30th and give your exam, and you will face no problem. i was prepared and yesterday reached at the center by 11.30am as per schedule and submitted the documents.. Suddenly the batch of Niit Dharamshala center students appeared at the center for the exam.. They started taking their Niit students first for the exam.. and we around 30-35 students who advance booked for the exam were waiting.. We then went to the director of the institute for complaining this and the director was saying "that batch already booked the center 2 months before.. Dont worry we taking one student from that batch and one from you and so will equally help each other.." We questioned him if you already had reserved the seats 2 months before, why dont you reply us that our seats are full and so we can't register you.. why we were given the same timings and the same day.. The director replied "to wait in the hall, the institute is for you.. we will assure you all the forms that we had taken, we will make those to appear for the exam.. That's our responsibility.." We waited and waited in the hall.. the time was now 3pm.. many of us who had not eaten from the morning were getting little hungry and the tension in our mind was not of pass or fail, it was only of whether we will be able to see the exam or not.. The students from that niit batch and we, both groups voucher were expiring on the 30th june and so we all were tensed.. i around 3.30pm ran toward the near shop to eat something so to make myself fit and energetic during the exam, eaten the food with large bites in hurry and finished the food in 2mins,returned to the center running having the tension that my turn wil not get miss.. The time was running and the students just waiting and waiting.. Frustration starts building in our minds as it was a long wait.. already 6pm and still not get the chance to appear for the exam, and that too when we already book the seats of 12pm slot.. finally they decided to shift those batch students to other nearest prometric center.. and taking us around 20 students left for the exam one by one.. The center head say we are for you, please corporate with us, we will do the overtime and open the center till 10pm and your exam will be sure to be conducted.. Many of us with frustration taken their form back and decided to not to go for the exam now.. as we all were tired both physically and mentally.. And most have to travel a long distance returning to the home.. as their homes are many kms away..
my exam was started by 8pm and it was of scjp6.0...... we 3 students were there giving the exam, they told us at 10pm to end the exam as they have to close the institute by now.. They apologize and i replied it was not your fault, the staff members all over-timed hard worked only for us and make it possible for all us to appeared the exam... it was the worst situation for both the sides, so we all suffered.. and that's all our luck.. i thank the staff, and came out of the center.. Was sad and unhappy but that not means i wil quit watching the dream... i made myself very clear, to forget this and take only the positive side of it in my life..

I was unable to attempt all questions as my mind was stressed.. During the exam the questions i faced were not that tough.. the book i prepared is K&B6.0 .... the book is very well written and the best book for its preparation.. if you are little familiar with java, then do only reading the book at first go, your first round of preparation, which will brush up your concepts and learning new things that you not studied before.. for reading the new concepts or any concept which appears to be uncleared in your mind, best way is not only to read but also to make the programs given in the chapter inside.. This will make the syntax of the new code you learning saved in your mind for long time.. And when you will run the program with those new concepts, you automatically starts loving the language..... Java is wonderful and easy... Then with the second round, read the topic headings and try to memorize what that topic is saying, and if not able to get that..... dont be panic and read it with thoroughly again... This time you have to read the chapters and need to memorize them in your mind to make the concepts well saved in your mind........ The third final go for the book is your revision time and you will find all those lengthy appearing chapters very small...... : )

Instead of making notes from the chapters, mark it in the first round with pencil or pen. In the second round read only those underlined lines and mark the relevant out of them with book marker and in the third round you need to read the line you marked with your book marker, and not with the pen or pencil.

Do right in short length what you had learned after running the program on your doubtful concept, above or near that concept in the book.... This will help you revise the programs too without checking them on the saved file on th pc.. Making notes will only help in theoritical exams, but this is an objective exam, the only thing which help is programming... so do make programs and write notes about what you had learned from those programs about the uncleared doubts...

The bottom line to clear this exam is not learning the book, its only understanding the concepts and that can be made only through the programming.... so do make programs a lots.. not big code programs, only the programs clearing the doubts in your mind for every topic.....

Dont be scared from the K&B6.0 book, if you read it thoroughly, that will become your best friend for preparing the exam... The book plus the mocks, that all only you need to do...
i completed the book, but had not given any mock... Now God have given me the time to practice mocks and prepare myself more better....

And one thing which we all always not do...... Not to schedule your exam on the last date of your voucher expiry.. atleast schedule your exam for a week or 3-4 days before... as this keeps you on the safer side.. Because if any wrong happens on your schedule date, you have the option to come on the next date as your voucher still wil not be expired...

I will also not quit, wil be back again to appear for this exam within a month....... may no one will ever have the worst luck like me....
Thanks for making time to read this.... my purpose is not to scare you, i only want to warn you to not to go for the last date of your voucher expiry.... do not repeat the mistake which i did and have no other options left.... Have the good time.. and all the very best Prepare well
 
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Just be stronger and go for it, You'll get a good score next time. All the best
 
Vishal Ashtaputre
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Yes this is true. Lot of prometric centers have this habit of making others wait (though they've booking in advance) and book students for the same time slot. This should surely be avoided.

We (exam takers) should ideally always book our exams prior to the date on the voucher.

We wish you get a fantastic score this time. "Fortune favors the brave"

 
Rohit Kanwar
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If I had an experience like that, I would have made a formal complaint to Prometric and Sun.

Anyway, all the best for the next time!
 
Dumitru Postoronca
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Yogesh Bali wrote:And one thing which we all always not do...... Not to schedule your exam on the last date of your voucher expiry..

What I don't get is why a lot of people do go on their last day to take the exam? Just buy the book, study it and then buy the voucher.

I think the the vouchers are valid almost 1 year and you still find people that do go on the last day.

Just buy it after you've studied something. Is it that hard?
 
Ashok Suthar
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Same sort of case "Almost happened" with many of us at NIIT Pune. I tried to call them more than 20 times one week in advance, than only they picked the phone. When i told i want to write SCJP 5 on 29th, lady told me to come at 3:30 PM. I went there at 2:30 and saw a big queue just waiting to write the exam since morning. Then there was power cut for a long and then one batch from NIIT Sangli came which was prefered over us and we were told that there timing slot was reserved one month before. Why the hell we were given the same time slot then???

I thought of taking the first slot of 30th morning. Last day of voucher. That guy told me around 250+ are coming tommorow to write the exam. By luck, we were given another prometric address by one Nitin from NIIT and he arranged every thing. Lucky i was to escape from that situation and write the exam at a peaceful place in Magarpatta.

phew...what a day...Never knew so many people are dying to just write the exam ..

And that too on last 2 days of expiry..... IT People rocks man....
 
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