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Urgent Advice with Exam

 
paul weller
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I took the j cert 3 months ago and got 42%. then last week I took it again and also got 42%. I was shocked as I had done lots of extra work in this period. I thought the second exam definitely seemed harder. Howcan this be? Is there a simple explanation to this . I thouht I was going to pass. I used Simon Phillips study guide and got 68% in the final test.
 
Percy Densmore
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Hi Paul,
Sorry to hear about your results. The questions are selected randomly from a pool so one may get an easy exam and another a difficult one.
I too failed 2 exams this past May. I had 50% on the first one and 38% on the second one. Needless to say I was very disappointed. I did Marcus Green's exams and I purchased JQPlus. They are excellent sources for mock exams. However, I got poor marks on those too. I found that I had information overload from studying 12 - 14 hrs a day, doing nothing but one mock exam after another. Retention seemed to be my problem as well as being a newbie in the IT field(age of 49). If it wasn't for family and friends and this forum for support, I would have given up long ago.
Solution:
First;
I registered for an E-Mail version of "Question of the Day" at http://www.examcram.com/prefs/request_submit.asp
I study each explanation, then compile and run the code to make the concepts stick.
JavaDiscuss has "Today's Question" which is an excellent source too. It is updated daily on the web.
Anything I don't understand I ask for help from my online Java Course advisor or come here to JavaRanch.
Second;
I found a wonderful site by one of the moderators here, Jane Griscti at http://www.janeg.ca/scjp/lang/source.html
She has many quick references and summaries on Sun's Exam objectives. Very user friendly with examples.
Third;
Check all the answers, right or wrong and try to understand the reasons behind them. Don't move on until you do.
Fourth;
Before you write a mock exam, do some warm-ups with "Round Up" here at this site for a refresher of Java rules.
Don't give up. Others better than you and I have failed this exam. Hope my suggestions help. I'm sure others here will have more to add :-)
Percy

 
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