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Sun Certified Web Component Developer Study Companion - has any mock exams?

 
Raghavan Muthu
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Hi Charles,

This book looks pretty good (as per the TOC and other stuff). Hope it would surely be one of the good books that helps the candidate attain a very good score. Chapter 20 is very good (new changes in Java EE 5 & 6 Servlet, JSPs).

Thanks for the efforts .

There are certain Review Q & A the end of each chapter. But does the book contain any mock exams in it? I don't see any CD attached with the book.
 
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As mentioned in this review
It comes with a companion of its own: an online mock exam (also available for purchase separately)...
 
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Thanks Devaka. But it would have been nice if the book accompanies a kit with it. Anyways, it is author's choice! Is nt it?
 
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Glad you like the look of the book so far! As mentioned above, there is an online mock exam included in the book. Not including a CD is a decision recently being made by a number of publishing houses for logical reasons: (1) it's more environmentally friendly; (2) CDs have always been prone to damage and make books difficult to bend without removing (and losing) the CD; (3) the presence of a CD causes some complications in some territories (e.g. in the UK books are VAT-exempt but CDs are not).

The online mock exam included looks almost exactly like the real thing, and provided you have a recent-ish browser (i.e. one from the past 3 years or so), it should work fine for you (the drag-and-drop questions are the only ones which can be temperamental in some browsers).

The questions and exam are deliberately more challenging than the real exam - they are designed to make you think carefully so in the real exam the answers seem "obvious" - always the better way round!
 
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I forgot to mention that CD software also tends to be platform specific - usually written for Windows only. This tends to disappoint me as I'm primarily a desktop Linux user, and I don't really want to get out my Windows machines just to run one piece of software. The online mock exam which comes with my book should be platform-independent provided you have a compatible browser. But that's just me being picky!
 
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Just confirming - the book has "one" mock exam? Are there more available for purchase?
 
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Vyas Sanzgiri wrote:Just confirming - the book has "one" mock exam? Are there more available for purchase?

There is only one exam - unfortunately no others are available at the moment. The original plan was to roll out a selection of exams for purchase, but there was never enough interest shown in the Garner Press Exam Centre to warrant it. If we receive a higher uptake in the future, we may consider commissioning new exams and making them available.
 
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Charles Lyons wrote:Glad you like the look of the book so far! As mentioned above, there is an online mock exam included in the book. Not including a CD is a decision recently being made by a number of publishing houses for logical reasons: (1) it's more environmentally friendly; (2) CDs have always been prone to damage and make books difficult to bend without removing (and losing) the CD; (3) the presence of a CD causes some complications in some territories (e.g. in the UK books are VAT-exempt but CDs are not).


Sounds valid and justifying. Yes agreed!

Thanks Charles
 
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Charles Lyons wrote:I forgot to mention that CD software also tends to be platform specific - usually written for Windows only. This tends to disappoint me as I'm primarily a desktop Linux user, and I don't really want to get out my Windows machines just to run one piece of software. The online mock exam which comes with my book should be platform-independent provided you have a compatible browser. But that's just me being picky!


Beautiful. I am also on your way
 
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Charles-

Looks like you answered my question (other thread) about the mock exam. It's browser based and cross-platform. Sweet!

Thanks,
Josh
 
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and what about mechanics of this mock exam ? is it 100% Promestic like ? (Enthruware exams allow to change answers in "pick and put in right place" questions with viewing previous answers, so you can be very surprised on real exam when you get question: "do you want to clear results of this question and make it again, or cancel action").
 
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Łukasz Suchecki wrote:and what about mechanics of this mock exam ? is it 100% Promestic like ? (Enthruware exams allow to change answers in "pick and put in right place" questions with viewing previous answers, so you can be very surprised on real exam when you get question: "do you want to clear results of this question and make it again, or cancel action").


Hi Lukasz,
You are right that Enthuware Test Studio allows reviewing the answer to Drag and Drop questions without any penalty (unlike the prometric exam) but that is because clearing out the answers is highly inconvenient in the learning mode. It also displays a warning when a user trys to review a Drag and Drop question that is already answered so there should be no surprises.

HTH,
Paul.
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Łukasz Suchecki wrote:and what about mechanics of this mock exam ? is it 100% Promestic like ?

As Marc commented in the Bunkhouse review, the online mock exam included with the book is actually quite like the Prometric test engine. However, it is sane when it comes to drag and drop - so it doesn't clear your attempt each time you go back to change it. As you point out, this is a limitation with the Prometric engine, which one would have thought they could have upgraded by now
 
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