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Passed 310-035 with 98%

 
Tim Pfeiffer
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Long time lurker. I passed this exam yesterday, getting 60 out of 61 questions correct. Despite my silence, this board was one of the helpful tools.
I'm pretty new to Java (but a long time programmer, including lots of C++ and some C# experience). I started preparing for the exam with a few general books, the most helpful of those were:
SAMS Teach Yourself Java 2 Platform in 21 Days by Laura Lemay and Rogers Cadenhead
Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel (available free in electronic form at www.bruceeckel.com)
For exam specific preparation, I also read the Exam Cram for 310-025, some of the Exam Prep book for 310-025, and Kathy Sierra and Bill Bates' Study Guide.
I tried a bunch of free/demo mock exams too. The only one I spent a lot of time on were Dan Chisholm's. I used the chapter by chapter question groupings, it did a good job of drawing my attention to a couple of especially weak areas. I probably averaged about 65% on those exams, and got 80% on the exam included with the Sierra/Bates book.
The question I got wrong was in the Fundamental java.lang Class section - I always have to look up whether I need valueOf, parseXXX or XXXValue, so I assume I got those mixed up somewhere.
I was very surprised at how easy the exam was. Given its low passing score, Dan's sadistic questions (I'm sure I've never sworn before doing practice questions), and Kathy & Bert's repeated suggestions that the exam covers a lot of obscure stuff you wouldn't see in real life, I was actually a bit anxious about this one. I started feeling much better a few questions into the exam. While I don't have much Java experience, I have been programming professionally for more than 10 years, almost all of that with C++, C, or C#. And I have a very easy time with multiple choice style exams and have taken many from MS and Oracle in recent years.
 
Anup Katariya
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Cograts!!
 
Dan Chisholm
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Congratulations on your great score Tim!
 
Bert Bates
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Tim -
Wow! Great score!
glad the book helped.
-Bert
 
John Lee
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Congratulations
 
Fisher Daniel
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Congratulations to you...
daniel
 
Francis Siu
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Well done~~
 
Sunder Ganapathy
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TIM,

A Great Score.
How much time you would have spent preparing for the exam .
 
Ajith Kallambella
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Congratulations and good luck for your future endeavours!
 
Al Newman
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Congrats, Tim.
I came into Java from C++ too, and via the same books (Sams 21 days, Eckel) as you did. About three years ago now. I used Dan's exams extensively, though I didn't catch on to Bert and Kathy's book until I had another.
The thing about Java compared to C++ is that Java is so big! In C++ you often end up writing something yourself, but in Java there usually is a designed framework or tool to do most of those things. So it's use an API rather than roll your own.
That's a helluva score, better than most of us do. I just waited until I figured I'd pass and then went. Fortunately I was right.
 
Ke Liu
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Congratulations !
 
Tong Chen
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Congratuations to you!
 
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