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 Post subject: Prove It Type Tests
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:25 pm 
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I had to take one of these proveit.com test today for PHP5. I cheated, just so you know. I mean, do you know by heart all the array functions and what they do, and all their quirks? What about all the quirks of the "final" keyword? How about doing bitwise math or scientific notation in your brain?

Didn't think so.

They use a Java applet, and I think a Java applet can detect everything on your screen that you're doing? I'm not 100% certain, but I thought that was possible? So, I contained the test in a VM while I did my lookups and tests in another window. And I moved as fast as humanly possible, typing keys just as fast as I could in case the thing was timed. In most cases I would either lookup the answer in the php.net site or run a test with the code they provide.

So, anyway, I got a "C" grade even with cheating by finding answers on the php.net site and running the actual code samples. This tells me either one of two things. A) the exam has a time-limit per question, B) the exam answers are not correct. Trust me -- I've worked with several groups studying for various Sylvan Prometric exams and more than once through process of elimination we determined that several of their exams had incorrect answers -- at least two on each exam.

Therefore, the only way to really get through this exam with a B or higher, I'd guess, is if you answered questions by guessing, but did smart guessing by process of elimination on what the answers would NOT be. That way, if their answers are wrong, you might luck out and hit their wrong answer. And of course I recommend moving through this exam fairly rapidly -- I spent one hour and I recommend you try and do it faster.

And I wouldn't doubt that all these online exams throw in like 4 bogus answers just to see if anyone gets 100% on their exams. If you did get 100%, then you might be cheating, you see. So I wouldn't doubt that one bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Prove It Type Tests
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:42 pm 
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I don't consider using the manual or running code samples cheating. I would consider that intelligent.

I too have taken similar tests. I was sure that I only missed 1, maybe 2 questions and that all others were correct. Still, my score was much lower than expected.

I definitely feel that the test results are not accurate or there are incorrect answers. I don't think there is a time limit per question as I think they would need to disclose that. (out of fairness).

At the end of the day, I don't trust the results.

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 Post subject: Re: Prove It Type Tests
PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 7:25 pm 
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I know.. Im a thread necro, but this is the only page I could find even slightly dealing with the proveit php5 test. I did the same thing as the first poster, the questions were ridiculous.. they just expect you to know the crazy nuances of the language, and try to trip you up with stupid syntax you would never use in an actual work environment. Anyway it looks like the test has not changed at all int he past year, I did fairly poorly (got 23 out of 36 I believe, came out to a 63%). Ugh oh well.


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