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Sep 132017
 

Anand Software and Training recently released Computer Based Test Engine. The software is useful for educators and organizations in assessing the students and/or employees using computer based tests. The CBT consists of two components:

CBT – Author Module
CBT – Exam Engine

1. Author Module:

The Author Module enables an author to perform several activities including the following:

Create, edit, and/or delete a test
Create Groups and Candidate profiles (say, students in a group/class)
Create, edit and/or delete questions.

The content created by the author is his/her copyright and remains local to your computer. Note that the entire test environment is local to your network and is not uploaded to the web.

Several types of questions are supported by the Computer Based Tester. These include the following question types:

Multiple Choice Single Answers – up to six multiple choice answers, only one correct answer
Multiple Choice Multi Answer – up to six multiple choice answers, two or more correct answers
Drag-n-drop – The candidate needs to drag the answer to appropriate place and drop
Hotspot – Uses mouse clicking and selecting the answer area (also called hotspot)
Testlet type of questions, wherein a candidate has to answer two or more questions based on a given scenario.

The author module is free to download and use. Any number of tests may be created using author module. There is no limit on the number of questions in a particular test.

How the entire software works: The author creates one or more tests using the freely downloadable author test module. The author may create student profiles and the groups to which a student belongs. He may also assign the tests that belong to a particular group. By default, there is only one group to which all tests are assigned. After completion of test questions, groups (optional), and student profiles (optional), the author saves (exports) the exam info to a known location on the local or remote computer. Now, the examiner imports the test module from the computer on which the Exam Engine is installed. After importing, it is possible to administer the exam to the candidates.Detailed help files are available in the product website.

Note that even though the CBT Author Module is free to download and use, one needs to buy the Exam Engine.

2. Exam Engine: The CBT – Exam Engine provides the platform to administer exams to the candidates. Typically, the examiner imports the previously saved test module(s) and re initializes the exam engine. The exam engine is packed with several features. Given below are few of the important features:

Learn and exam modes to enable students to learn first and then assess their skills
Review the questions after test is completed
Timed – Author/supervisor can set the test time after completion of which, the test is automatically closed.
Configurable. Most of the features including the question weightage, number of questions in an exam, whether to provide back button, or to enable review of questions by the student, etc. are all configurable by the examiner. Even the study mode may be disabled by the examiner.
Adjustable font and night modes: Night mode flips the screen colors so that the display is soft on the human eyes even during night. Adjustable font enables a candidate to attend to the exam with comfort.
Detailed Stats: Statistics are saved in a very granular manner, giving the performance of each candidate.
Customization of template: If you are an organization, it is possible to customize the template so that the logo, etc. represent your own organization.
Score Report: Candidates may be provided (by print or email) detailed score reports and a certificate upon completion of the exam.

The CBT -Exam Engine is available in demo mode for assessing the usefulness of the software to a given requirement. Any queries may please be sent to cs at swregn.com.

Product links:

Jun 012017
 

The website, swregn.com, a digital products download and licensing website has been updated for extended product support. Now, it is possible to download and install mobile apps including android and ios apps. The following mobile apps are available to download and install:

Comptia A+ Essentials (mobile version for android and iphone)
Brief description of the product is given on the page. The exam objectives include the following:
1.0 Hardware 34%
2.0 Networking 21%
3.0 Mobile Devices 17%
4.0 Hardware & Network Troubleshooting 28%
The mobile app consists of 400+ questions with flash card explanations.

Comptia A+ Practical Application (mobile version for android and iphone)
The exam objectives consist of the following:
1.0 Windows Operating Systems 29%
2.0 Other Operating Systems & Technologies 12%
3.0 Security 22%
4.0 Software Troubleshooting 24%
5.0 Operational Procedures 13%

The mobile app will have 300+ questions with detailed answers and explanations.

Comptia Security+ (mobile version for android and iphone)
Comptia Server+ (mobile version for android and iphone)
Cisco CCNA (mobile version for android and iphone)

The CCNA mobile app include the following exam objectives:

1.0 Network Fundamentals 15%
2.0 LAN Switching Technologies 21%
3.0 Routing Technologies 23%
4.0 WAN Technologies 10%
5.0 Infrastructure Services 10%
6.0 Infrastructure Security 11%
7.0 Infrastructure Management 10%

The app will have 400+ questions with answers. It is among the best rated apps on GooglePlay. Note that simulation type questions are not available in mobile apps due to screen size limitation. You need to buy desktop version of the software for full functionality.

Cisco CCENT (mobile version for android and iphone)
The CCENT app covers the following exam objectives:

1.0 Network Fundamentals 20%
2.0 LAN Switching Fundamentals 26%
3.0 Routing Fundamentals 25%
4.0 Infrastructure Services 15%
5.0 Infrastructure Maintenance 14%
Note that the simulation type questions are not included in the mobile apps, as the screen size is smaller. You need to try desktop version if you want full set of questions.

CCNA ICND2 (mobile version for android and iphone)
ICND2 together with CCENT is required to be passed for obtaining CCNA certification when you are pursuing the two-exam route. You can also appear for CCNA exam (single exam) instead of going through 2-exam path. A bit of prior experience is recommended if you choose single exam path for CCNA Certification.

CCNP Route (mobile version for android and iphone)
CCNP Switch (mobile version for android and iphone)
Juniper JNCIA, and others.

Please checkout the website for more information, and download. Note that desktop versions (Windows 7/8/8/1, and 10) are already made available.

The mobile versions are low prices, and doesn’t support simulation type questions wherein bigger screen area is required to view and answer the question.

May 312017
 

Certexams.com revised CCNA Security practice tests recently. The changes include the following:
1. Additional questions
2. Update to flash cards on some of the existing questions
3. Minor corrections to the question bank
The practice tests consists of features like learn mode and exam mode, exam review, night mode, and several others. The demo version may be downloaded here:
http://www.certexams.com/download/ccna-security-download.htm

The exam details are given here:
http://www.certexams.com/cisco/security/exam-details.htm

About CCNA Security: The topics included in the exam are as given below:
1.0 Security Concepts 12%
2.0 Secure Access 14%
3.0 VPN 17%
4.0 Secure Routing and Switching 18%
5.0 Cisco Firewall Technologies 18%
6.0 IPS 9%
7.0 Content and Endpoint Security 12%

The topics had been revised thoroughly over the previous version of the exam.

Other tests available include CCNA, CCNP, and CCDA.

Please checkout the website for more information. Official page is given here: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/security_ccna/iins-v3/exam-topics

May 062017
 

Indian Space Research Organization ISRO today launched GSLV Mark 2 satellite launch vehicle to put South Asean Satellite in to the Geosynchronous orbit. The satellite weighs a little over 2 tons. Another GSLV launch is due in June this year that is capable of place 4 ton satelline in the geosynchronous orbit and the launcher is categorized as GSLV mark iii satellite launch vehicle.

Looking forward to the Mark iii satellite laucher..all the best ISRO!

Apr 222017
 

CertExams.com released CCNA exam for android, Check out the link below:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anandsoft.practicetestsccna

Now it is possible to buy one test at a time, rather than buying all the tests in one go. The free version will have 60 questions with answers and flash card explanation. Each test will have 125 questions, and one can buy one test at a time using inapp purchase option.

Apr 082017
 

Simulationexams.com is in the process of implementing a few changes to its exam engine that are expected to improve the user experience. The proposed changes to the exam engine include Full Screen view, night mode, and text highlighting. Check out the exam simulator below:
http://www.simulationexams.com/exam-details/ccna.htm
The software has gone to the test bench, and should be completed in a couple of days. We found a few bugs with the coding, and fixing the same. Expected release date 21/4/2017.

Whats New: Check out our android app for CCNA. Surprisingly, it the most highly rated app for CCNA in Google app store! Congrats to the CCNA team here!!

If you don’t want to buy the app, there is a free version here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anandsoft.ccnaexamsim125&hl=en

Only difference being the number of questions provided in free app is limited to 60 (one practice exam only), where as the full app has as many as 5!!

Thanks all for rating us high!!

Mar 302017
 

CertExams.com updated Network+ practice tests recently for better user experience. The updates include revision of question bank, fixing some software bugs, among others.

You may download the practice tests from the link given below:
http://www.certexams.com/download/networkplus-download.htm

The Network+ practice tests provide thorough understanding of the concepts, implementation and troubleshooting of LAN/WAN/MAN networks. Various troubleshooting scenarios are covered including modern Wi-Fi systems.

Read more about the Network+ Practice Tests.

Network+ Labsim is available for providing hands-on practice for beginners.

Mar 272017
 

UP, India: Yogi Adityanath has been elected as the CM of Utter Pradesh state after recent landslide win by the BJP in state assembly elections. Given below are the decisions made by the CM during the first few days of his taking the position:
1. Strict implementation of ban on illegal slaughter houses. – Checked unhygienic conditions in dense market places,
2. Police officials are putting in extra hours in the streets of UP – No eve-teasing and improved law and order situation in the state.
3. Installation of biometric attendance at government offices – Improved attendance.
4. Ban on use of pan masala at government offices – Improved cleanliness in government complexes.
5. State roads to be pot hole free by June 15 – yet to see the results
6. Installation of cctv cameras in government offices – improved attandence
7. Both male and female police officers to be present in every police station – Confidence in public particularly female.
8. Officials not to take any files home, should clear files only in office, during office hours – a drive towards anti corruption in the state.

The above are a few to mention, and surely the state is going in the right direction.

Very best to the CM and all.

Mar 182017
 

C919 AirPlane of China

COMAC Air Plane 2017

China, in continuation of it’s most aggressive industrialization is all set for the first trial run of its 168-seater commercial aircraft, challenging the monopoly being enjoyed by Airbus and Boeing.

According to Philippe Petitcolin, chief executive officer of Safran SA, an aircraft engine maker.

Any problems with taxi trials may alter the schedule, Petitcolin said in an interview in Paris. The Chinese C919 aircraft will be powered by the LEAP engine, made by CFM International, an equal joint venture between Safran and General Electric Co.

COMAC functions as the main vehicle in implementing large passenger aircraft programs in China. COMAC is the acronym of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. The basic version of C919 is designed to cover a range of 4,075 km

Wish them all the best with the endeavor!!

Mar 132017
 

Certexams.com updated netsim for ccna with the following:
1. Book marking of labs
2. Color coding labs so that a candidate would be able to identify labs that had been completed, under progress, and to be completed.
3. Progress indicator for a lab, which enables a user to view how much of the lab exercise has been completed and what is remaining.

Download the limited version of the netsim here:
CCNA Labsim

The labsim consists of dozens of exercises that provide handson experience in designing and configuring networks using Cisco routers and switches. Commands like ping, trace route and ipconfig are also supported.