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SCWCD exam: A warning

 
Jon Thomas
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Passed SCWCD today with a score of 91%. I was planning to post some advice for those preparing to take this exam, but instead I find myself having a rant.
Happy as I am to have passed, and with a very respectable score, I was extremely disappointed with the quality of the exam itself. It contained numerous MISTAKES!!!
When a missing/superfluous semi-colon can make the difference between a right and wrong answer, you would expect Sun to have thoroughly tested their questions and answers, however it appears that this is not the case with the latest version of the exam.
I realise that I'm not allowed to reproduce exam material here, but I'll give you some vague examples (these are not direct quotes from the exam but are closely representative):
There were questions where all of the options would fail compilation, but there was no option of "this will not compile". E.g. two answers call non-existent methods so are clearly not the correct answers (I've confirmed this since I got home), and the other answers include code instantiating an instance of "ServletRequet" (sic), and there is no option for "this will not compile". I don't know about you but I've never heard of the class "ServletRequet".
One question had all of the answers with a missing catch clause, i.e. try {...} (Exception e){}. Again, no "none of the above" answer.
The question that took the biscuit was a fragment of a DD, which had clearly been cut and pasted badly and was similar to this:
<auth-constraint><security-role>ADMIN</security-role></auth-
><auth-constraint>
<security-role>ADMIN</security-role>
</auth-constrint>
(Yes, the element was cut off halfway through the end tag and then repeated illegally. Again there was no "this is invalid" option, you had to assume this was a mistake).
While in most cases you can work out that these are mistakes in the questions, it makes you doubt every other question, for example when == would be correct but = would be wrong - is it another mistake or is it deliberate? For SCJP you could take it for granted that if it was wrong, then it was wrong. Not so with this exam.
These were blatant and indisputable mistakes.
I'm happy with my score as I said; it was only two or three questions that were badly done, and my company paid my exam fee. But a lot of people are paying for this exam out of their own pocket and these questions could make the difference between a pass and a fail. Considering Sun are charging around £190 a pop, the least you would expect is that they would ensure that the questions are thoroughly tested.
Very disappointed Sun, sort it out.
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Mods: As I said above, I haven't quoted directly from the exam questions so I hope I haven't contravined your rules. If I have, then please let me know and I'll edit this post accordingly. I would like to share my opinion with fellow ranchers to whom I owe so much, and I think this is something they need to hear.
 
arulk pillai
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Congrats.
 
Vijitha Kumara
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Congratulations !
 
Roberto Perillo
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Howdy, Jon. Welcome to JavaRanch and congratulations for the achievement!

You didn't contravained any rules, no worries. It's really weird that the questions had these silly mistakes. But you still were able to abstract them and get to the point with such a good score!

Now, do you remember if there were many questions with these problems, or was it just 2 or 3?
 
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Congrats
 
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