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Passed 79%

 
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.
 
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