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Passed SCJP 1.4 with 91%

 
Brian Caulfield
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I took the exam yesterday and passed with 91%: 56 right out of 61. I actually quit 20 minutes early because I had already completed then carefully reviewed the whole test. I hadn't studied LinkedHashMap and that was on there. Few of the questions were tricky though. I primarily used the Mughal & Rasmussen prep book and the Arnold & Gosling book to prepare. The Mughal & Rasmussen questions were trickier and harder than the exam.
There was one big mistake on the test: an illegal program that used undeclared identifiers in a method. One name was used in the parameter list and a different name in the body, although it was intended to be the same name. ("Doesn't compile" was not an option in the answers!) It was a typo. I told the test center folks about it but I wonder whether they are good about getting the word back to Sun.
My advice to those preparing is, get theoretical! Understand the type system in terms of a dag or a partial order. Otherwise these off the wall questions about casting and subtyping will not make sense to you. You cannot intuit your way through some of this stuff. Also learn your Java style arithmetic with all its wacky required casts.
Now the job hunt...
 
Valentin Crettaz
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Great job Brian
 
Manish Hatwalne
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Congrats Brian!
Very good score
- Manish
 
vidya v
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congrats brian..!!
which of the mock tests u had taken seemed closest to the actual one..?
 
Ivette Mestre
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Congratulations! and good luck in the job hunt.
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Salima Lalani
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Congratulations Brian!!
What they ask in java.lang questions? I mean to say does they ask only wrapper classes and math functions ? Questions on comparator, comparable interfaces, system class , runtime class , Clone etc. are included in the exam?
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Brian Caulfield
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vidya v:
I didn't take any mock tests that were close to the real exam! There were several differences. All the mock tests I took were for the 1.2 exam. (I filtered out the AWT & Applet questions.) Also in the exam I took, the number of correct choices was always stated in the question. None of the mock exams I took included this. It made things quite a bit easier.
As far as score, I did better on the real test than on any of the mock exams I took. But I took more time with the real test as well. The mock exams I took were the one in the Mughal & Rasmussen book, the one in the Sybex Java2 Certification Study Guide book, and Practice Exam 1 from the Stanek book. I was scoring about 85% on the 1.4 related material.
Salima Lalani:
I don't remember there being any questions on comparator, comparable interfaces, system class, runtime class, or Clone. They did get into the wrapper class methods.
Valentin Crettaz, Manish Hatwalne, Ivette Mestre: Thanks!
 
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