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  • Julien92

    August 17, 2020 at 1:08 am

    Hi there! I’m studying from different sources and my plan is to use TD exams to test how close a I am.

    I did my first timed mode a week ago and got 66%, after studying all week I plan to try again this weekend with another set, that sounds right?

    Is any recommended way to take the exams? Like should I do all the section based first? then the review modes? and finally the time modes?

    One last question, on time mode, each set will have complete different questions right?

    Thank you!

  • TutorialsDojo-Support

    August 17, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Julio,

    Thank you for your inquiry. There is no correct way of preparing for the exam since it varies from one person to another. One method may be effective for the other but won’t be for another person. The key to passing the exam is understanding the concepts and explanations we gave in our practice exams. They were patterned after the style, format, and level of difficulty of the real test but they will never appear exactly as they are since we made all of these from scratch based on our own experience and feedback from others.

    The Timed Mode has a total of 390 unique questions, 6 sets of 65 questions per set. The questions on the Timed Mode can also be found in Review Mode, Section-Based, and Final Tests. It’s just that the questions are presented differently in each mode:

    Review Mode – allows you to view answers as you go through each question. There’s a fixed number of 65 questions per set and at every load, it randomly selects and generates a 30-item question set.

    Section/Topic-Based – also allows you to view answers as you go through each question and each set contains questions only on a specific domain/topic. There’s also a fixed number of questions here and each load of the tests here just displays the same set of questions in random order.

    Final Test – randomly generates a full set from the entire question bank.

    I hope this helps. All the best in your exam preparations, Julio! You can make it. 🙂

  • Julien92

    September 7, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Hi there! Thanks for the tip.

    I’m now using review mode but doing deep dives on the answers, really taking the time to understand the different options, but I’m taking a lot of time to do that.

    There is no way for me to save and pick up later, I noticed that.

    But can you tell me how long my session last before it expires and I have to start the test again? Just wondering if I can start a review mode in the morning, maybe leave it open during the day and pick it up in the evening.

    Tried it overnight and it said session expired 😛

    Thank you!

  • TutorialsDojo-Support

    September 7, 2020 at 5:22 am

    Hi Julio,

    Thanks for the message. You can pause and save your progress in the Timed Mode and come back at a later time. There is a Save & Next button at the bottom of each question in the Timed Mode sets which essentially saves all previously answered questions. When you reload the set, you’ll see a Resume Quiz button.

    To learn more about pausing a test in Timed Mode, visit this FAQ page – https://portal.tutorialsdojo.com/faq-timed-mode/.

    For the Review Mode and Section-Based tests, there is no Pause button because these tests are relatively short (no more than 30 questions per test) and are usually completed in one sitting.

    For the Final Test, we do not want you to be distracted as it’s intended to be the final gauge of your exam readiness. It simulates the actual exam where even bathroom breaks are not allowed, thus, we removed the ability to pause the test in this section.

    Our current platform allows our users to re-authenticate or terminate sessions after 3 hours of inactivity. If you have not been doing anything on the page for 3 hours, the server will time out your session. This is done for security reasons and to help increase the overall speed of the website.

    Let me know if there’s anything else I can assist you with. 🙂

    FAQ – Timed Mode

  • Julien92

    September 8, 2020 at 6:25 am

    Thanks for all the information!

    It would be nice if there could be a save button on review mode.

    Today I baby sitted my exam all day, to avoid it going into the 3 hours time out, I spent an hour during the morning, some more time at lunch and them some time during the afternoon, I was on question 25/30 and I said I will take a break before ending it. I closed my exam by mistake and my progress is lost! I know.. my fault, but it would be nice to just be able to continue from where I left.

    Thank you!!

    • TutorialsDojo-Support

      September 9, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Julio,

      Thanks for the suggestion. The reason why the Review Mode only has a maximum of 30 questions is because it’s meant to be completed in one sitting. Based on the survey that we conducted, 30 seems to be the ideal number of questions that the majority can work on in one sitting without feeling fatigued. Thus, the reason for not putting a Pause button in there.

      In the near future, we’ll introduce a Pause button but only for the Timed Mode since both Review Modes and Section-Based modes are composed of tests that are no longer than 30 questions, making it ideal for around a 2-hour review session.

      Nevertheless, we’ll conduct more surveys soon to find a sweet spot for this that majority will find to be beneficial. Thank you once again for your valuable suggestion.

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