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On Exam 1Z0-808 JAVA OCA 8 is paper based exam or it is computer based exam ?

 
Saed Hussein
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my city doesn't have a Pearson exam center but i plan to go abroad, i would like to get sure does exam is based on computer or it is based on hard papers. ?
 
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Saed,
It is computer based. I recommend checking the exam center before you book it to make sure it is ok to take in that country.
 
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do you think that some centres can't provide computer based, or totaly this exam is computer based;
my planed location to write exam is:
Boston Consulting
Alem Bldg. #2, 1st Floor
Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

 
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I'm 99.9% sure it is always computer based. You could always ask the testing center in Ethiopia if you want to make absolutely sure.

I've never heard of a paper version. And it would be far more difficult to distribute and administer a test on paper.
 
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Hi Saed Hussein,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Saed Hussein wrote:my city doesn't have a Pearson exam center but i plan to go abroad, i would like to get sure does exam is based on computer or it is based on hard papers. ?

The exam is computer-based and you only have a screen and a mouse, no keyboard. At the testing center you'll get some writing materials (erasable or non-erasable) so you can make some private notes when taking the exam (e.g. work out some complex loop logic, make a drawing to determine how much objects are eligible for garbage collection,...)

Saed Hussein wrote:do you think that some centres can't provide computer based, or totaly this exam is computer based;

I think you need to fulfill a bunch of requirements before you can become a Pearson Vue testing center. And one of these requirements is definitely to have some computers available for test taking. And that's probably because an exam on paper is way more difficult to administer. For example, within 30 minutes after you take the exam, you should be able to see your result on CertView. With computer-based software the grading is done automatically, with a paper-based exam that's impossible to achieve.

And after having a look at Pearson Vue's website, my thoughts are confirmed. If you have a look at the FAQs: for prospective test centers, you can read the following answer (which confirms you need computer equipment)
How much does it cost? wrote:There is no cost for the site to become an authorized test center. Pearson VUE provides the software and technical support services free of charge to your site. However, sites must meet minimum technical requirements, which includes the computer equipment as well as the Enhanced Security Protocol (ESP) kit.


Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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