[lpi-discuss] Fill in the blanks convention

Alexandre Vieira nullpt at gmail.com
Sun Nov 9 16:05:02 EST 2008


On Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 3:11 PM, Alan McKinnon <alan.mckinnon at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Sunday 09 November 2008 15:36:33 Alexandre Vieira wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
>
> >
>
> > I'm about to start my cert path on LPI.
>
> >
>
> > I've searched for some info on the fill in the blanks to no avail.
>
> >
>
> > 1) In case of numerical answer should I use the numerical character or
> the
>
> > number word? ie 4 or four
>
> > 2) If I need to refer to a command should I use only the filename or the
>
> > full path? ie rm or /bin/rm
>
> > 3) Imagine I have to refer to the root filesystem. Should I use "/" or
>
> > "root"? /tmp filesystem or tmp filesystem?
>
> >
>
> > Probably you have several correct values for the fill in questions but
> it's
>
> > better to ask than sorry :)
>
> You will find that when you write the exam, that the answer required is
> very explicit and the question itself will tell you what it wants, i.e.
> there is no ambiguity.
>
> I find this is a common concern amongst people who have not written the
> exam yet. I put it down to uncertainty ofthe unknown coming just over the
> horizon. In reality, you have nothing to worry about in this regard and your
> time is *much* better spent learning the subject matter rather than worrying
> about the mechanics of the exam. Trust me on this one, if you know the
> subject matter and your English is OK (as yours does seem to be), it will be
> obvious how you should answer.
>
> By way of example (a deliberately silly question that will not come up in a
> real exam), suppose the question has to do with creating new users and in
> which directory the new home directory will be placed by default. A "pick
> one" question might give choices of /home, /home/people, /opt or /var; and a
> "fill in the blank" can only be '/home/' (or '/home' but that's easy to
> check with a marking script).
>
> Do you see that there can be only one possible answer? Do you also see that
> any argument about how to answer the question reduces to either
>
> a. You don't know English. Go study English, or
>
> b. You don't know the subject matter. Go read the man page
>
> In either event, arguing about the question methodology is pointless and
> completely misses the reality. You will find on your exam that questions are
> similarly exact. But, if you do happen to be that one in a thousand person
> who gets an odd question that slips through the gaps, there is a comment
> section at the end where you can enter your comments, and LPI does read them
> and act on them.
>
> Hope this helps,
>
> --
>
> alan dot mckinnon at gmail dot com
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Thanks for the insight!

Alex
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