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Mock Exam scores v/s Actual Exams

 
Ramnath Krishnan
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Hi,
Congratulation to everybody who passed SCJP exam.
I was wondering if anyone can give stats on thier results with
mock exam and the actual exam.
actual scored
like JExam scored 90%
and so on.
I am just trying to get an idea if I am ever gonna be ready for the certification.
Thanks and appreciate any guidance.
 
Jane Griscti
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Hi Ramnath,
If you read through the posts in this forum you'll find lots of examples. Try searching on 'mock exams'

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I passed with an 86 on March 9th. I thought the real exam was actually easier than most of the mock exams I tried (I went through 10 or 12 of them), so making a marginal score on a mock exam may not be predictive of your SCJP test score. As late as the day before the test, I was still making barely-passing scores on newly discovered mock exams.


Each of the mock exams I used seemed to emphasize a different area of the exam objectives. Many asked a disproportionately large number of questions about certain topics. The exam itself asks a smaller number of questions per objective, so you can be weak in one area (threads!) and still do okay on the test.


I have 4-8 certifications now (depending on how you count them), and I've found mock exams to be really useful tools for studying. However, no matter how hard I've tried, I never have been able to concentrate as hard when I take a mock exam as I do when I take the real test. I tend to miss questions on mock exams that I would never miss on the real thing, simply because I'm not paying close attention.


I've only felt completely ready for one of the nine exams I've taken, but I find that the best way to approach these things, which aren't a whole lot of fun to study for, is to schedule the test before you're finished studying. That gives you a deadline and forces you to work. If you wait until feel completely ready, you may never take the test.


Remember, these are pass/fail deals. Any extra time you spend studying for one test could be devoted to studying for an additional certification or doing something fun (what a concept).


I scheduled the SCJP test about three weeks ahead of time. I spent about a month in intensive preparation. I read four exam prep books and did the mock test drill. I found several web sites with useful information. The rules roundup game here is fun and useful. There's another site with a Tetris-like keywords game that was similarly good.


I've done some Java work, but I have a lot of C++ experience, so Java is not much of a leap for me. If you are a complete beginner, it probably will take longer for you to get ready.
 
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