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Passed this morning with 88%

 
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Hi all,
First of all, thanks to everyone on javaranch. I don't post here often but I come here quite frequently to keep up with the discussions.
The test was not as hard as I thought it would be from the mock exams but I don't know if I would even pass without the mock exams. While preparing, one of the problems I had was that I cannot judge whether the old style (71%, 2 hr) mock was reflective of the new style (61%, 90min) exam. I kept a log of my mock exam progress so maybe others will find it useful. In general, I'd say they were fairly close to the real thing but like most people already said, there's far more code questions in the real exam.

Mock exams log
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Date Site Results
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11/05 http://www.jchq.net/mockexams/exam1.htm 47/61 = 77%
11/07 Barry Boone 52/69 = 75% http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Orchard/9362/java/javacert/newboone1-19.html
11/12 Exam Cram book 45/59 = 76%
11/15 JXam 42/59 = 71%
11/15 Mughal applet 36/59 = 61% Failed.

11/15 Marcus green #2 44/60 = 73% barely.
11/16 Jxam again. 52/59 = 88%
(don't notice anything different or easier. Just took my time and didn't rush any questions.)
11/16 MindQ 50/60 = 83.3% http://www.javaranch.com/maha/_Mock_Exams/MindQ_s_Sun_Certified_Java_Programmer_Practice_Test.htm
11/17 Bill's Hardest: "789/1000" = 79% http://www.lanw.com/java/javacert/HardestTest.htm
11/18 JDCert 62/66 = 94% Too many single choice questions.
11/18 Marcus exam #1. 60/60 = 100%
Took this exam once before...this is just to see if I can catch all the mistakes from before. http://www.jchq.net/mockexams/exam1.htm 47/61 = 77%
11/18 Marcus exam #3. 49/60 = 82%
11/19 no exams.
11/20 The real one. 52/59 = 88%
Oh, I'm a full time java programmer and prepared by reading Mughal and the Exam Cram for 2 months, on and off, about 4 hrs a day, 3-5 times a week. For the last two weeks, I took mock exams exclusively and only touched the books and coded on the computer to understand concepts that I was weak on (I learned Threads, Collections, and the proper I/O Constructor while doing the mocks).
Good luck to everyone else who will be writing soon.
 
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Congratulations!!!
That's a pretty decent score.
Regards
Ajay.
 
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Very Hearty contratulations!!
Ajith
 
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