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My Exam

 
Doanh Nguyen
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Hi everyone,
I passed the SCPJ2 this afternoon with %88. My hope was to achieve a minimum of 80%. So I am very happy to meet my goal. There were two
surprises in my test: First, the passing score is 61% instead of 71% as stated in my Mughal book (3rd ed. p.612). Second, the first 2 or 3 questions were about non-disclosure agreement and granting Sun permission to use my data. They WERE part of the allocated 120 minutes! I was quite alarmed after spending nearly 5 minutes answering them when I noticed my clock was ticking. If there was another request to sign my house over to Sun after that, I would not have noticed. Any way, I think this is the worst part of the exam. If they don't know how to start the timer after these questions. I would be more than happy to help. Again, I wondered about the intelligence of the exam maker. By the time I finished all the questions, I only had about 10 minutes left to review them, and changed nothing. I never felt I had to answer any question in a hurry.
My preparation strategy consisted of one book, A Programmer's Guide To Java Certification, roughly 700 mock exam questions collected over the internet, and the indispensable and friendly help from JavaRanch folk.
For every question that I failed, I made a flash card on the points missed. So I ended up making over 300 cards. And the rest of the time was devoted to "playing" these questions and flash cards over and over... The so-called "pattern recognition effect", the effect that caused me to remember the answers just by glancing at the questions without really thinking through them, was minimized by putting these questions in a pool
and randomizing their order. Also, questions that originally incorporate their question numbers in their class names, e.g., public class Q045, Qd5b6c, Q12, etc, were changed to more generic class names to minimize this effect.
My conclusion: There is no better way to prepare for an exam than to take an exam. And lots of them. No single book or set of questions could have prepared me as well as these 700 questions because they touched every aspect of the exam. Indeed, I recognized several questions that matched the patterns of the mock exam questions. One book (any good book) and 700 hundred questions did it for me.
Here are the collections, in no particular order: JHunt, Jxam, Kumar, TestCafe, Mughal, Marcus 1, 2, 3, MindQ, and Valentin.
And I am indebted to these authors and the JavaRanch folk.
Good luck to all,
Doanh Nguyen SCPJ2
 
Mark Mokris
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Congratulations Doanh! I just recently passed but didn't do nearly as well as you. :roll:
I agree with you about the agreement questions at the top. Why in the world would the clock be running??? How stupid!!!
 
John Wetherbie
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Congrats!
I'm moving this to the Sun Certification Results forum.
 
Nazmul Huda Sarkar
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Congratulation Doanh....good score....
[ May 08, 2002: Message edited by: Md. Nazmul Huda Sarkar ]
 
Reid M. Pinchback
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Welcome to the club! We'll send out your member's badge right away.
Actually, one thing I was glad to see was that Sun is quick on sending out the certificate. A co-worker of mine did her SCJP a year or so ago, and it took 3 months for Sun to send her the stuff; mine only took a week. With any luck you should get your handy-dandy Java label pin soon.
 
Rob Ross
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Congratulations Doanh.
 
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