Originally posted by Angela Narain:
Well i could not believe my percentage at the first look, though i had been getting around 71-85% or so in most of the mock exams, this was the grand finale !!! Really made my day .
Before proceeding with telling you all my experiences, i would like to thank with full heart everyone
at JAVA RANCH...Excellent site and excellent help. Thanks to all the fellow ranchers for being always there to answer my posts, no matter tough or easy..It's bit hard to remember names in particular but yes would like to thanks Swati Bannore, Ms. Padhwa,Gouqio Sun , Ashik Uzzman, Valentin Crettaz and specially Gagan Indus for his extensive help on threads, really helped with clearing the concepts and above all Jane Gristi....Thanks a lot Jane.
About the exam, i got 56 out of 59 correct . Got lots of questions on basic concepts and fundamentals. About 5-7 questions on threads, which were sort of okay, can't believe scored 100% in threads !
Missed out on overloading/overriding stuff ..Also got two-three fill-in type questions on String,
but managed to answer them without quotes( "") , correctly.
Infact i tried out one of the answers with quotes and another
one without quotes, but both were correct !! So you can very well figure out what i am trying to say..
What i refered was a lots of material , starting with only one book that is "A Programmer's Guide to
Java Certification " by Khalid Azim Mughal and Rolf Rasmussen. Excellent book
Also referred to Jane Gristi's notes ( Very good ) , notes by Velmurugan( good for some last minute revision ), Marcus Green's Notes ( gives a good comparison related to VB and C++ and things in Java, so , that is nice) and ofcourse do download the Jdk API for refer to it for any clarification
on classes and methods.
No , i did not refer to JLS in very much details, but yes i managed to try out
all the examples and their explanation from it. If you get time according to me u should go through the JLS only after preliminary reading of the certification book whichover you go for.
Reading all concepts and understanding them is just one part of the job , next thing is trying out all the read stuff by working out small examples, and any doubt you have,( just try it out, if not able to , your fellow Java ranchers can always work a way out..Right !)
Another IMPORTANT is , trying out as many MOCK exams available on the net, either freeware or if you plan to buy one, go for JQPlus . I used it and believe me it will definitely help you
with getting lots of concepts that you read more clearer ...
My plan of study, included giving about 4 hours per day, giving out mock
exam every alternate day, so that you caan keep in-between day for practising and revising over and
making sure you don't repeat your mistakes.
Ofcourse the last month , or can say last three weeks, i worked
on giving Marcus Tests ( all the three of them ) and scoring around 85% in all of them.
Also gave the "Random Test" and "Tough" and "Very Tough" exams from JQPlus.
And finally regularly visiting this wonderful site for any damn query that i had,
Never disappointed me...
What next...planning to go for the Developer's exam soon.
Originally posted by Shyamsundar Gururaj:
Congrats Angela! This is not a surprise. Knew you'd do well anyway.