Please note that Microsoft has developed another new testing format that is a mixture of the adaptive and fixed length formats. To see which tests have been affected, go to the “info” section of the site. For more information about the new testing format, visit Wang Wei’s tutorial.
The scoring on the adaptive exams is still a bit of a mystery, but here I will unravel what we know. You shouldn’t feel stupid if you pass with a score of 600. When you first start the exam Microsoft has a disclaimer about the scoring. The gist of it is that a passing score is a passing score and these tests aren’t graded on the same scale as the old format. No matter how prepared you are, you probably won’t get 1000 on an adaptive test, because it will end before you get a chance to answer all of the questions which brings us to the next topic.
First of all, you will want to note that you cannot go back and change your answers like you could on the standard tests. Typically, an adaptive test will have a certain number of “adaptive” questions and then a fewer number of “regular” questions. For example, the TCP/IP exam has 25 adaptive and 10 regular questions. If the test determines that you are answering at a passing level after a certain number of questions then the test ends and you pass and visa versa. You may only had to answer some of the questions before the exam ends. Other than some of the special questions like drag and drop (see below), you will not be able to tell which are regular and which are adaptive.
They still use those types of questions where you have to pick 3 correct answers out of 10 or story problem type questions where it may satisfy the required result and certain number of optional results. If you don’t know what we are talking about, you must not have the Transcender tests. There are some questions that will require you to click on a button to display a graphic that the question was based around. You probably saw one of those on previous older exams. Another difference is the fact that once you answer a question, you can’t go back and change your answer so make sure that you take your time. The biggest difference was the “drag and drop” questions. These are hard if you don’t know what to expect. Relax and take a couple of minutes and make sure that you understand what you are supposed to do with it.
Drag and Drop
Many of you have heard about the drag and drop questions that appear in the new adaptive format. Here is an example of what one looks like. NOTE: Do not try to solve this problem as there is no answer and you will make yourself insane. This is an example only.
In this case you would drag the subnet mask that satisfies the number of subnets needed into the grey area. Once you drop one it is not cemented there. You can change it if you make a mistake. As you can see, it is basically a matching type of question. I’m sure it seems easy enough, but the hard part is that you have to get all of the answers correct to get credit for the question.
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