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vb_certification thread: Brain Dumps Bad.... (was Re: One says A and the other says C.)

Message #1 by "Belina, Jeff" <JBELINA@t...> on Tue, 10 Jul 2001 11:43:05 -0400
I agree... I know people who tried to study from the BrainDumps because they
didn't understand SQL and it turns out that in some cases what the brain
dump says is the answer and what would really be the answer are way off...
They would waste lots of time trying to understand why someone's answer
didn't match what they thought it should be... which didn't help them study
for the exam...

I actually took a look at BrainDump for 70-028 that was in a self-test
program I found and I didn't agree with some of their answers...  It turned
out when I went into the actual exam I found a question similar to one of
the ones I thought was wrong in the brain dump and it turns out with a
little extra wording the answer they remembered as right was... but without
understanding the concepts I wouldn't have known one way or another...  That
was the only exam that I've looked at a brain dump for and I found the Sybex
Exam Notes to be much more helpful in understanding SQL 7 Admin than any
brain dump could have...  (I also liked the question formats of the MS Press
Readiness Review for that exam)

Take care,

-----Original Message-----
Subject: Re: One says A and the other says C.
From: Kyle Burns <kburns@c...>
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2001 08:23:01 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

Your best bet would be to run the code and see which works and which
produces a subscript out of range error.  The brain dumps are only useful
tools if you use them to point to concepts that you need to work on and then
actually work on those concepts.  If you memorize answers instead of
learning concepts, you could hurt yourself when a question on the actual
exam is worded differently than what you expect.

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