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Don Zur
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While I am relieved to post this message, the actual test was a bit of a let down. The exam seemed a bit heavy on memorization, I was more prepared for code behavior questions. I believe the Marcus Green test(s) are more educational, as they make you work through more code. At any rate I am happy to be done.
To give others an idea on my level of preparedness, here are the mocks I took and the scores I got:
Marcus Green Test1 81% taken day before exam
Marcus Green Test3 66% taken 2 days prior (bad for confidence)
HRE Java 2 Exam (came with cert book) 88% taken 3days prior
Jxam averaged about 70% taken intermittently week before the exam
Marcus Green Test2 75% taken 5 days prior
Java Ranch Roundup 100%
I saved all mocks for last week. I only took one mock per day and spent rest of time reading. In addition, I made every effort to take mocks exactly like the exam.
I would like to thank to Marcus Green, Jxam and JavaRanch for there excellent online resources.
Best Regards,
Don
 
Tom Pridham
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Don,
First off, congratulations! I am scheduled to take the test Feb 19th at 9am. Thanks for posting your mock scores.
A few questions if you don't mind:
1. Overall, how long did you prepare for the exam?
2. Did you have previous development experience with Java?
3. Can you expand a little more about your memorization comment?
Thanks for the information
 
Dominic Steng�rd
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Congratulations Don!
Feels great to have passed the exam doesn't it!
Good luck in your Java career.
Regards
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Dominic Steng�rd
Sun Certified Java 2 Programmer
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Don Zur
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Tom,
In regards to:
1. Overall, how long did you prepare for the exam?
2. Did you have previous development experience with Java?
3. Can you expand a little more about your memorization comment?

Exam Prep:
I took the Sun Java Programmer Course (SL-275) 15 months ago, by far the best computer class I ever attended. Shortly there after, I bought the Java 2 Certification Book by HRE and began reading it. Began doing server side java development 8 months ago, pretty straight forward stuff (no GUI). As with any real world work, you wind up spending(/wasting) allot of time learning needless non Sun API. It seems to me that companies that implement java solutions are too quick to reinvent the wheel.
I crammed for the last two weeks prior to exam. In first week I skimmed all chapters of cert book and completed the Marcus Green cram tutorial. Week prior, I took mocks and brushed up on weak areas. Since I don't do GUI in current job, I decided to go light on AWT. As expected, I took a beating on this section, only scoring a 25%.
Memorization:
It seemed that they had allot of questions that were like:
Which two constructors are correct for blah:
a. public blah(char[] a);
b. public blah(String s);
...
This is the reason I own a copy of Java in a Nutshell.
Hope this helps.
Good Luck on your exam!
 
Tom Pridham
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Thanks for the additional information. I am a J2EE developer and have 4 years of Java programming experience. The test still scares me because it covers stuff that either I am not currently using or have never used.
 
Val Dra
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Tom somehow i find this hard to believe. If you do J2EE development you must be aware of things like polymorphism , inheritance , packages , since you do destributed work. All of this must be already familiar to you otherwise you wouldn't be able to do your work.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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