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I passed today! 81%

 
Robyn Haas
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This is my first post, but I've been lurking here for about a month. I got a lot of great insight from this site about how to prepare just from reading old posts. I used the Mughal & Rasmussen book study and purchased JQPlus last week to test my knowledge. I also took Marcus Green's practice test. What a relief!
 
Valentin Crettaz
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Good job Robyn
 
Rob Ross
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Congratulations Robyn!
 
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Congratulation Friend
 
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Congratulations!
 
Robyn Haas
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I received a private message from 'sweety' asking me about my results with JQ+. I tried to reply but this person doesn't accept private messages, so I just thought I'd post my reply here. I used JQ+ initially to determine my weak areas. I took the very easy practice test and easy practice test and got around 50-60%. I discovered that AWT, java.io, inner classes, java.util and threads were my weakest areas. I also learned that I wasn't reading the test questions very throughly so I was making stupid mistakes. I rushed through the first few practice tests because I wasn't sure that I would have enough time. I found that 2 hours is more than enough time so I started taking my time more. I re-read the material in the Mughal & Rasmussen book about those topics and also read the campside story about inner classes from this site. That story really made the inner classes concepts stick for me. Then, I started taking the standard tests in JQ+. I took Tests 1-6 before taking the Random test. I was in the 71%-81% range for all of these tests. Once I took a test, I would read the explanations of every test question, even the ones I got right. I made sure I knew why choices were wrong.
Interestingly, I actually got either 85% or 100% in all of my weak areas except AWT. I probably would have done better in this area if I had written a small application. I also should have written more code to drill into my head when the compiler would complain and when a Runtime exception would be thrown. I'm sure I missed some questions related to this.
I also got the same question twice in the actual exam. I can't believe that Sun screwed that up! I wasn't 100% sure about my answer so I might have missed it twice! Oh well, a pass is a pass.
Hope that helps. An now, I'm off to learn EJBs.
 
Valentin Crettaz
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I also got the same question twice in the actual exam. I can't believe that Sun screwed that up!
You know, I've had the same problem during my exam and I began writing comments on the question for Sun to read them because I was sure that two questions were exactly the same. I must have well spent 1/2 hour if not more on those question trying to figure out what made one different from the other. And in fact, both question had the exact same code (which was kind of long) but in one of them an access modifier had been changed and that change was supposed to have serious impact on the answer. I'm glad I noticed that. Just my 2 cents to tell you that maybe Sun didn't screw up that much
 
Robyn Haas
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Valentin,
You might be right about that question! It was long code example and I spent alot of time trying to figure out if it was the same as the previous question. They probably snuck a change in that I missed. Oh well, I got the result I wanted.
 
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This message is for "Robyn Haas" , thanks for your tips and I think they would be very helpful for me to prepare for my certification.
 
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