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Passed SCJP1.4 with 95% - Thanks for all the help!

 
Brian Joseph
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I know I should originally post this in the results forum, but I wanted to make sure everyone who helped me study knows I appreciate the time they spent in answering my questions.
Special thanks to Marlene, Anupam, Thomas, Corey, and everyone else, and the test writers, particularly Dan's exams, which were the core exams I used to really get me up to speed.
I finished about 30 mins early, and actually had no idea I did that well. A handful of questions I found pretty challenging, particularly on Threads, and Garabage collection - What a suprise! Meaning, I made educated guesses, but I had to really work through the wording to make sure I had the right one.
Some of the questions were not quite as straightforward as I thought they would be. However, there were not too many "trick" questions, though it's good practice to get accustomed to checking the syntax and code before answering the question.
Thanks again to everyone and JavaRanch. This is THE PLACE to be for SCJP. No doubt.
[ July 08, 2003: Message edited by: Brian Joseph ]
 
Damien Howard
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Congratulations Brian!
I'm about ready to sign up for the exam, but I've been nervous about whether I'm truly ready. If you don't mind how did you do on Dan's exams?
[ July 08, 2003: Message edited by: Damien Howard ]
 
Corey McGlone
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Congrats, Brian! Nice to hear about it.
However, this belongs in the results forum, so I'm moving it there now.
Corey
 
Brian Joseph
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Damien, I was getting about 70% or more correct on Dan's exams. I went through all of them, learning as I went, and then went through SOME a second time. Actually, I was getting a burnt out on studying for the exam.
Make sure you do well on the true/false questions which ask about statements about Threads. Stuff like "Thread X is in the wait state, blah blah blah...".
Pretty common sense, but when you can answer Dan's questions relatively easy, you're probably ready. It also helps to have a few final exams with about 60 questions which you can take and grade.
 
Damien Howard
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Ok Thanks.
I just scored 78% on Marcus Green's 1.4 exam from the examulator website. I did the full 72 questions. Do you think that means I'm ready?
 
Brian Joseph
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I was getting about 80% on that Examulator as well, and made sure I understood the solution to the questions I got wrong.
You only need 52% to pass the exam, which is basically just a little over half of the questions. I actually only went through 2 of the Marcus Green exams, and they were the 1.2 ones, so I skipped the AWT questions. I also made sure I fully understood all of the Java Ranch Roundup questions. Or maybe I just like putting all the cows in the pen .
You'll pass I'm sure, it'll just be a matter of how high your score is, which doesn't really matter, but it's nice to do well. If you can answer those examulator questions well, and have gone through all of Dan's questions and you are comfortable with them, you're good to go.
Special thanks go out to Dan. There were questions on the exam which were very similiar to Dan's questions. I was going to specify a few single-topic exams which I though were particularly helpful, but all of them were helpful really... Arrays, Constructors, Math Wrappers, Threads, Garabage Collection...
What was nice about the exam is that they tell you how many correct answers there are, so you have an edge because some of the questions you can answer due to the process of elimination, if you're not 100% sure.
Good luck!
[ July 08, 2003: Message edited by: Brian Joseph ]
 
Francis Siu
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Well done~~
 
Anupam Sinha
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Congratulations Brian.
 
Damien Howard
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Thanks for the response Brian.
I signed up today. My day of reckoning is this Monday, so one way or the other I'll find out if I'm prepared
 
Andres Gonzalez
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well done Brian. Can you guys provide me with the link for the examulator? I try examulator.com but there's only one question.
I've scored 83% and 77% in marcus green exam 1 and 2 (leaving exam 3 for the very last week), and and average of 70% in JQPlus (I've done 10 out of 11 full-60-questions mock exams). 97% in javaranch round up (i can never score 100 lol). 80% in KnB master exam 1 (not done master exam 2 yet). What do you guys think of these scores?
[ July 09, 2003: Message edited by: Andres Gonzalez ]
 
Damien Howard
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that's the right sight, it's a little tricky to find.
follow this link to go there directly
http://www.examulator.com/jezam/login.jsp
 
Tong Chen
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Congratulations to you!
 
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