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Henrique Berenguel
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Is it possible to customize the quiz by chapter? Kathy Sierra OCA/OCP 7 java se study guide.

At least on my mac it seems it doesn't have the options to customize it by chapter. Do you see the same?

As I just finished reading the chapter 2, I'd like to take quiz question from 1 e 2 chapters only.

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Hi Henrique,

I assume you are referring to the mock exams on the CD? Because at the end of each chapter you have specific mock questions about that chapter.

As far as I know, it's not possible. And the reason is simple: these are mock exams, intended to prepare yourself on the actual exam where you'll have questions of all chapters mixed together. And to give a good indication of your current level, it's not intended to answer these questions more than 2-3 times, otherwise you probably will answer questions correctly just by memorization of the correct answer, instead of knowing it (which gives you a wrong percentage in the end).

Hope it helps!
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Hi there, thanks for the answer!

Yes, you're right! the mock exam on CD.

I understand what you said, but take a look at the text below. It shows just after you start the program: (see the line that begins with ************. There you will see it says it is possible to customize by chapters, but how? :-) )


Launching the Practice Exam

If this is the first time you are using this software, begin by pressing the start button to your right. On the next screen you will be presented with the option to launch your practice test in Exam Mode or to create a quiz, which is the default mode.

You can choose to enter Exam Mode by clicking the checkbox next to Exam Mode. In Exam Mode you will not be able to view feedback for questions until after you have graded the quiz.

**********Launching and Customizing a Quiz

If this is the first time you are using the software, begin by pressing the start button to your right. On the next screen you will be presented with options to customize the quiz.

You may select questions by: 1) Objective, or 2) Chapter.

You will see these choices displayed across the top of the window. Tailor your quiz by selecting areas of interest, then click "Start the Quiz" to begin. You can also choose "Select a Quiz" to view information related to completed quizzes.

Grading Your Exam or Quiz

When you are finished answering the questions, click "Grade Quiz," located in the top menu. A screen will report your results. The "Detail Info" tab is shown by default and to view the summary results click the "Summary Info" tab.

In the "Detail Info" view the left hand side of the grade screen will display a score in a pie chart. Above the pie chart you can select subsections to view specific review answers and rationales. Notice that the box with an indicates a wrong answer and the checked box indicates a correct answer.

Click the Help button on the top right of this screen for more details about working with the software.

Good luck!
 
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Henrique Berenguel wrote:I understand what you said, but take a look at the text below. It shows just after you start the program: (see the line that begins with ************. There you will see it says it is possible to customize by chapters, but how? :-) )

I have to admit: I didn't have installed/used these mock exams So I have just installed the mock exam software to verify. And I'm on a Windows computer and I can't find/see a customization option for chapters.

Then I had a look at readme.pdf and it seems the text on the mock exam simulator is wrong and the one in the readme document is the correct one.
readme.pdf wrote:The Practice Exam Software provides you with a simulation of the actual exam. The software also features a custom mode that can be used to generate quizzes by exam objective domain. Quiz mode is the default mode. To launch an exam simulation, select one of the OCA or OCP exam buttons at the top of the screen, or check the Exam Mode check box at the bottom of the screen and select the OCA or OCP exam in the custom window.


Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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Right,

I think it answers the question,

Thanks a lot Roel!
Henrique.
 
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Henrique Berenguel wrote:
You may select questions by: 1) Objective, or 2) Chapter.


I can not find the customization to make quizzes chapter-based and not based on the objectives of the certification.
Where do I find this division?
 
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John Lerry wrote:I can not find the customization to make quizzes chapter-based and not based on the objectives of the certification.
Where do I find this division?

It isn't possible.

From my previous post:
Roel De Nijs wrote:Then I had a look at readme.pdf and it seems the text on the mock exam simulator is wrong and the one in the readme document is the correct one.
readme.pdf wrote:The Practice Exam Software provides you with a simulation of the actual exam. The software also features a custom mode that can be used to generate quizzes by exam objective domain. Quiz mode is the default mode. To launch an exam simulation, select one of the OCA or OCP exam buttons at the top of the screen, or check the Exam Mode check box at the bottom of the screen and select the OCA or OCP exam in the custom window.
 
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Ok, so to make additional quiz, after each chapter, must make those based on the objectives of the certification. Is it correct?
If yes, every single objective to which chapters corresponds?

For simplicity objected and put the list of the chapters of the book:

CHAMPTERS
1 - Declarations and Access Control
2 - Object Orientation
3 - Assignments
4 - Operators
5 - Working with Strings, Arrays and ArrayLists
6 - Flow Control and Exceptions


OBJECTIVES
1.0 - Java Basics
2.0 - Working With Data Types
3.0 - Using Operators and Decision Constructs
4.0 - Creating and Using Arrays
5.0 - Using Loop Constructs
6.0 - Working with Methods and Encapsulation
7.0 - Working with inheritance
8.0 - Handling Exceptions


I think this:

CHAMPTER 1 - OBJECTIVE 1.0
CHAMPTER 2 - OBJECTIVES 6.0, 7.0
CHAMPTER 3 - OBJECTIVE 2.0
CHAMPTER 4 - OBJECTIVE 3.0
CHAMPTER 5 - OBJECTIVE 4.0
CHAMPTER 6 - OBJECITVES 5.0, 8.0


But I would like your advice.
 
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John Lerry wrote:Ok, so to make additional quiz, after each chapter, must make those based on the objectives of the certification. Is it correct?

It might work sometimes, but definitely not a guarantee. Because the same objective can be covered in different chapters and any chapter probably covers different exam objectives. So if you customize the questions based on the objectives, you'll probably end up with questions containing stuff you haven't encountered yet. For example: a question seems to be about exceptions (objective 8), but in fact it's actually about data types (objective 2). So you have a bunch of exception handling code which you are not familiar with and this question will thus be useless if you only have covered chapters 1 until 4. It only makes sense if you have covered chapter 6 as well.

John Lerry wrote:If yes, every single objective to which chapters corresponds?

As I already explained in numerous occasions, there's no mapping between an objective and the chapters. But you could have an educated guess.

John Lerry wrote:But I would like your advice.

I think you did a reasonably good job!

Only chapter 5 seems to cover different objectives, because it's about strings, arrays and ArrayLists. Strings is covered in objective 2.0 (Working With Java Data Types); arrays and arraylists are covered in objective 4.0 (Creating and Using Arrays).
 
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Ok, so something like this should be a good match:

CHAMPTER 1 - OBJECTIVE 1.0
CHAMPTER 2 - OBJECTIVES 6.0, 7.0
CHAMPTER 3 - OBJECTIVE 2.0
CHAMPTER 4 - OBJECTIVE 3.0
CHAMPTER 5 - OBJECTIVES 2.0, 4.0
CHAMPTER 6 - OBJECITVES 5.0, 8.0


Obviously the more you go on with the study and complement the chapters until 6 and the less you have the chance to find questions on topics not yet covered.
 
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John Lerry wrote:Obviously the more you go on with the study and complement the chapters until 6 and the less you have the chance to find questions on topics not yet covered.

Indeed! Most times it's a disadvantage to have a bad memory, but in this case it's a true advantage. And the worse your memory is, the better because you can't answer the questions using memorization, you need to know your stuff
 
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