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Yin Stadfield
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Hi,

I'm wondering if there will be a scratch paper provided, or are we allowed to open a notepad or something like that in the computer so we can write down our computation or when following a loop, I always wrote it down on a notepad, side by side, with the question, so I can easily analyze.

I wonder how other do it on the exam? Will a paper be provided or are we allowed to open a notepad on the computer?

Thanks!
Wish me luck, it's my big day tomorrow, finally taking up the OCA7 exam.
 
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On the computer the only program you can access iis the exam you are taking. But the testing center must provide you with some scratch paper or some alternative (a whiteboard with an erasable pen). So don't be afraid to ask for it if you don't receive any (or ask for some extra paper if you write a lot )

Good luck with the exam tomorrow!
 
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Hi Roel,

Thanks a bunch. I see, will sure to ask for a extra papers.
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:(or ask for some extra paper if you write a lot )

Have you tried asking for that? When a center gives a whiteboard, I Haven't had any success in getting extra whiteboard space/paper/etc.
 
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Just took the exam yesterday. Got 93%. )
What they gave me was a board and a pen. Just one, since it's erasable anyway, I didn't ask for an extra. The board has Pearson VUE written over it, so it must be the official scratch paper for the exam. My only complaint would be, it's hard to erase what you have wrote in the board even it is erasable.
 
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Hi Yin,

Congratulations - an excellent score! Make sure you add you name to the Ocajp Wall of Fame.

I'm curious about the whiteboard - when you say it was hard to erase, how bad? My scheduled test centre said they will give me 'wet tissues' to erase the whiteboard... I asked if I could bring my own dry eraser and pens, and they said it was OK. I guess I'll find out Friday if they let me use them... Not looking forward to erasing with Kleenex.
 
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You will definitely need something to write on for this exam. It is officially allowed as well so ask for it. Do not start the exam before you get it. Most centers provide erasable sheets and a marker. Some centers in remote locations may provide a pen and paper. You should carry your own pen and paper in case they don't have anything. If they do, you can always check your stuff in with the center.
 
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Chris R Barrett wrote:Hi Yin,

Congratulations - an excellent score! Make sure you add you name to the Ocajp Wall of Fame.

I'm curious about the whiteboard - when you say it was hard to erase, how bad? My scheduled test centre said they will give me 'wet tissues' to erase the whiteboard... I asked if I could bring my own dry eraser and pens, and they said it was OK. I guess I'll find out Friday if they let me use them... Not looking forward to erasing with Kleenex.


It's not like your usual whiteboard (I'm not sure you can even call it a white board, it's more like a size of a paper, made of glass/plastic??, about 1/4 inch thick, that you can write on) that's easy to erase. One swipe of eraser won't do it, try 3 or 4, the text will start to fade away but again not completely, you can still see it. Like what Paul mentioned, do not click start the exam before you have the board and pen in front of you, I suggest trying it out first while the person assisting you is still there(this is what I failed to do, I just found out about it when I encountered a question that I thought I need to write some info on the board), so if you don't like it you can raise the issue right away. But don't worry too much about it, I'm sure you'll be able to do great either way. )
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:When a center gives a whiteboard, I Haven't had any success in getting extra whiteboard space/paper/etc.

I have never got a whiteboard when taking my certification exams. They probably think 1 small tablet-sized whiteboard will do the trick, because you can wipe it clean. But if you have a big handwriting you might get in trouble with just one. I always got (without asking) 3-5 sheets of paper and I tend to write (very) small, so I mostly use just 1 side of a sheet.
 
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^Were any with Pearson Vue? I asked for paper and pen or pencil instead of the white board and was refused. "I mean your pen and paper." "No". No water bottle either. "No food or drinks." Room temperature in the '50s and rioting in the hallway allowed though.

 
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Guillermo wrote:^Were any with Pearson Vue?

I wrote yesterday at a Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center (Victor College). I was not allowed to bring water, etc... into the room. Everything in my pockets went into a locker. Chewing gum was also not allowed.

Materials provided was a laminated piece of legal size paper to write on, a hand paper towel you get in public bathrooms to erase, and an oversized dry marker. I had brought my own markers and dry eraser (as they had said it was "OK" over the phone), but was told I couldn't use them once I arrived in person. Didn't really matter as the tissue on the laminated paper worked pretty good.

The room itself was about 6' x 8' with three work stations. Desk space was enough for a keyboard and mouse side-by-side, but I had to push up the keyboard to get enough desk space to write on the laminate. May have just been chance, but the other two writing were writing unrelated exams - a Microsoft exam and some sort of medical first-aid exam. No flies, no windows, and a normal room temperature. The only inconvenience I had was the guy in the middle was kind of big and kept pushing the cardboard divider on to my desk.

More details on my experience here.
 
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^ Hey, nice to meet ya. Your experience sounds like mine except I flunked by three pts.

Thanks for mentioning Coursera, It looks a lot like what I have been doing with edx.org and MIT opencouseware. I just finished a Linux cert from the Linux Foundation through edx and am starting an MIT circuits and electronics course. More to my background. I was planning the opencourseware Python course but will check out the Coursera one since it looks like it might be better. Love free certificates!
 
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