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failed again

 
Alan Border
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This is the second time i have taken the test. I got only 54%. First time on i got 58%.
It is just depressing.
I got nearly 5 qs in threads. and some wierd qs in awt.
Dunno what to do. what next...
 
Brett Swift
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well you can't be studying very hard if you did worse on the second time.
www.enthuware.com
i bought jqplus... read the guaruntee they have on their website. buy the software package... 701 questions for 20 bucks... if you start passing those exams... then you're ready to write the cert again.
no use spending more cash and just hoping to guess right on a few questions on the exam to pass.... you have to write tonnes of mock exams... I wrote about 12.
 
Sumit Amar
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And Moreover, don't try to memorise the mock test answers, cuz you have to solve them, you'll be lucky if any question comes from the mock test exactly the same, rather all questions will be similar, i.e. testing the same objective.
Passing SCPJ2, doesn't require a huge score, you should try 20% more (I hope you know Pareto's law) to get 80% !
All the best of luck.
 
Alan Border
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Hey dont say that..
I actually did not study for the first test..
and worked a hell lot more for the second..
When I say i studied I did spend a lot of time.....
Anyways.. I appreciate your tip...
 
Jessica Sant
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as for passing the test, I think the key is the Mock exams. They'll help you to pinpoint your weaknesses and where you need to study. Once you regularly start scoring in the 80% range -- you're ready for the real test. Buy a good study book... and step through that -- that'll help too.
[ June 10, 2002: Message edited by: Jessica Sant ]
 
Rob Ross
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Well, the "key" is practicing the areas in which you are weak. You can use the mock exams to help show you where you need to work more, but you can't learn those weak areas by just reading.
The only way to really learn computer programming is to write computer programs. Lots of them. Every day.
It's just like with music - I can read about playing guitar for months, but if I don't actually sit down, and play it, a little bit every day, I'm never going to really learn to play guitar.
The SCJP tests how well you know how to program; it doesn't really test how much "knowledge" you've memorized, although sadly it seems there are some people that can just memorize a bunch of mock test answers and from them extrapolate the correct answers on the actual test. But these people, although SCJP, still can't really "program."
 
Chris Garrison
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Hey Alan,
Don't get depressed. I work with someone who has failed 4 times. If you are really set on passing it, you will. It may not be this time or the time after that but someday you will and you will forget about failing.
I failed the first exam I took with a 59. My initial thought was just to immediately take the exam b/c I didn't feel like I did a good job taking the exam. In other words , I thought I knew more than I showed on the exam.
I'm glad I waited a full month b/f taking the exam again. I took some time - stepped back and really thougth about it. It wasn't just that I performed poorly on the exam - the exam is hard (I don't care what all these other people say). I bought JQ testing software and took about 10 mock exams (these are a lot harder than Marcus Green and the others.) I averaged b/tw a 55 and a 70 on the JQ mock exams. They are definately harder. On some of the sections I did poorly on I re-read the chapters (I actually bought a different book for a different point of view.
I got 6 of 6 on both threads and I/O, b/c I reread those chapters 2 or 3 times to make sure I understood it. I made a 77 last Thursday!!!
You WILL pass it. You are very close. Identify your problem areas and work on them.
Good luck.
 
Chris Garrison
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one more thought...
If you are weak at threads, make it a point to get every single on right on the test when you take it.
I would imaging you would get at least 5 thread questions every time. You can do it. I was afraid of threads b/f - they aren't that bad. Don't say to yourself (like I did the first time) "Oh I'll just miss those".
I put a post-it note on my monitor to help me get motivated to study. It read "I'm going to try to get every one of those mother f*&#$&*s right"!
[ June 12, 2002: Message edited by: Chris Garrison ]
 
David Brafford
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Take a look at JCertify.
It will allow you to study as you take your
practice exams. Each question is cross
indexed to just the right spot within Bruce
Eckel's Thinking in Java, Professor Richard
Baldwin's Java Programming Tutorials, or
Roedy Green's Java Glossary. Just the right
content at just the right time.
JCertify also functions as a regular exam
simulator - with questions that are continually
scrubbed to match the objectives and complexity
on the exam.
Trial download:
http://www.enterprisedeveloper.com/jcertify
Regards,
Dave
 
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