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My experience of the real exam.......

 
RoshanDawrani
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Hi All,
A few things I would also like to share about the exam:
1. There is a 15 minutes long, optional tutorial before the exam. It's not a technical tutorial. It just tells you how to respond to different kind of questions(like multiple choice ones, single choice ones, fill in the blanks, etc). Idea is basically to make you comfortable with the GUI of the real exam. Taking this is quite useful as not many exam have a GUI similar to the real exam.
2. GridLayout and GridbagLayout are there. (Robert and Heller book clearly says that it's not there but it is !!)
3. There can be questions in the exam that have no correct answers. As it is said in Marcus Green's exam no 3's question no
8's answer, "If you are absolutely sure this is the case, do not check any of the options."
4. Test is not very difficult and it is really easy to score at least passing score. Be very careful when checking the answers.
5. Mark the questions you are not too sure about and make it a point to revisit them.
6. Keep visiting this site and keep asking and answering questions. It does help !
7. Try as many mock exams as possible but I found some tests very very bad ! Errors in a lot in answers. Beware of such tests!
That's it I guess. Questions aren't very tricky. Stick to the basics. Try to do a lot of coding urself and trying out various things before writing the actual exam.
Best of luck !!
rgds,
Roshan
 
Susan Hoover
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Thanks for the tips. But...
Originally posted by RoshanDawrani:
2. GridLayout and GridbagLayout are there. (Robert and Heller book clearly says that it's not there but it is !!)

Do you have the updated RHE (white cover, 2nd ed.)? p. 282 of my copy states as follows:

In the versions of the exam prior to the Java 2 Platform, the objectives related explicitly to the Flow, Grid, and Border layout managers. However, the objectives were modified with the release of the Java 2 Platform edition of the exam, and since then all AWT layout managers are possible candidates for questions.

The GridLayout is covered on p. 296, and GridBagLayout is covered in pp. 311 - 332. The fact that they spent 20 pages on it tells me it's probably important. :-)
Otherwise, your tips are great. I would add one more: probably the best preparation for the exam is actual experience. Write some real code, experiment with various data structures, read about design patterns and other OO topics.
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Susan
 
Ajith Kallambella
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Congratulations Roshan. Sorry to note the GridbagLayout caught you off guard.
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Ajith Kallambella M.
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