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A Minute to Learn, a Lifetime of Anxiety

 
Jesse Silverman
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I mentioned this before a long time ago.

I know the answer is "We don't control that, just disregard it".

For all of the online practice exams in the Sybex OCJP books (and probably the others) the suggested time per question is one minute each!

I know, just ignore it, but most people who are ready to ace the tests would have serious trouble finishing 22 of those questions in 22 minutes.

Just making the suggestion as two minutes per would probably avoid scaring the heck out of many prospective test takers, some of whom may be getting scared enough to give up.

Alternatively (or both) make it clear in the books, first learn all the material, then get faster to the point you are quite likely to pass the tests given the tight time constraints, but even then only the "shorter" (not necessarily) easier questions will actually get completed in less than 60 seconds by most people.

I am happy on my first attempt if I can get them on an average of between two minutes and two-and-a-half.
 
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Jesse Silverman wrote:I know the answer is "We don't control that, just disregard it".


Yep. The real exam gives you 90 minutes for 50 questions (a little under 2 minutes each)
 
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When are you going for your exam Jesse?

The only certification I have is the Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate which I got on my first attempt, but the experience was so harrowing that I would probably have the same stress with the OCJP exam, even though I know Java like the inside of my trouser pockets.
 
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