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Passed, but not what I expected.

 
Sean Casey
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I got an 81 on Friday. The testing room was very small, and there was a girl testing in there as well. About midway through, she started crying, and I didn't know what to do. I felt bad for her, but she was driving me crazy as well. At any rate, I felt the test was more difficult than the mocks, but that might be because I was a bit more nervous. I ended up changing four answers at the last minute, and I'm afraid that might have hurt me, but I'm satisfied with passing. I don't have any prior programming experience (I learned Perl while studying Java as well). I graduated from College last Spring with a degree in English, and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so I explored the world of programming. I'm going to look for a job, or an internship now, so wish me luck. I'd like to thank everyone at this site, I probably wouldn't have passed the first time through if not for them.
 
Jane Griscti
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Congratulations Sean
All the best in your job search.
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Jane Griscti
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform
 
shailesh sonavadekar
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congratulations , Sean. That is good score. Whatever career you choose , put a lots of hardwork. you will be successful. All the best for the future.
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Shailesh.
 
Brian Scott
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Sean,
I think that's a great score, especially considering you haven't had that much programming experience - congratulations!
My testing center was an office attached to an aircraft hangar. About halfway through the test an aircraft engine started up just outside and was quite loud - I was very glad when it shut off a few minutes later, until the two guys who were working on it started yelling at each other about whose fault it was that it wasn't working!
Anyone else experience any "unusual" testing centers?
Brian N. Scott
 
w reality
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I too expected a higher score. Especially higher than the 67% that I got. While I found the actual exam to be less tricky than the mocks that I took (i.e. Marcus Green), I found that it was more specific and that made it more difficult in my book. For example, I didn't think the test would ask for the specific method name for one of the IO classes and then have two of the answers look very much like possible answers. For me, it was a toss up and I think that the only way I would have known the answer is if I actually used that method before or studied really really hard.
Anyways, in my opinion if you have done the necessary studying and take some mock exams then you will know enough to pass. But to get a good score you really have to do your homework and know all the details.
Anyhow 81% sounds like a pretty good score to me.
p.s. I originally meant to comment on how funny Brian's story was about the two mechanics, but decided to include my experience taking the test as well. Thanks for the laugh!
 
Ajith Kallambella
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Congratulations Sean!
Best wishes,
Ajith
 
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