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barely passing the 1.4 test with 60%

 
john gomez
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Here are my two cents on passing this test...
I know it's not a high score, but what the heck. Here's my experience in how I passed it.
First of all, I have no java programming experience, so that's probably why I got such a low score.
1) I used two books, the Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide Third Edition, copywrited 2002, which has some 1.4 stuff in it, and also an older book, Exam Cram, but it was for the 1.2 test. Tried my darnest to memorize everything, since I had no experience to draw on, I had to memorize, memorize, memorize...
2) I practiced many mock exams on the web, but got DISCOURAGED since I couldn't get anything higher than 50% so stopped taking them. This is right up to the test, I still was getting about 50% on average. I changed my strategy towards the end of the studying...see below on 4.
3) If you only take the mock tests provided by the two books above, and use the Rules Round Up on this site to sharpen what you read, this is sufficient. Let me emphasize, just sufficient, look at my score. Barely sufficient.
4) 1 week before the test. I started taking mock tests, but not like most people do. I would right away, say "finished" and will get the answers right away. With the explanations, I got a feel for what the questions were like.
4a) I feel the best mock test which mirrored the actual exam was the one provided by Exam Cram, 1.2 version. The tricks and style was almost identical.
Anyways, if anyone has any questions, let me know. Of course, not what was on the test, but like format, type of questions...
John
 
O Joseph
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hi,
congrats! i guess the most imprtnt thing is that u made it. afterall, u're now scjp certified. so i'd like to know the format, type of questions and other advice u have for those of us taking the exam soon.
feel free to use moi email add.
cheers!
 
john gomez
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1) the exam tells you how many are required before you pick your choices at the bottom of the screen. If you pick more, it will flag that you have, but if you choose less, it lets you proceed. This is tricky, since if you don't look right, which I did several times, I put 2 choices, but it wanted three, but it doesn't tell you that. I only found out after I rechecked. 2) If there is an answer with "compiler error" or something out of the ordinary like that, for example, 3 of the answers are integer form, but one is "compiler error", be careful to look for an error that is not related to the other three answers. Like it might be because the void was not present in the main. Kind of tricky.
3) if there are any questions showing a parent and sub which extended the parent, always check if there is a constructor related error, either by the default constructor being inherited...you get the picture.
4) many thread related questions, this seemed to be the most questions were on threads.
5) make sure you go back and check your answers. You will definitely finish like in 45 - 60 minutes. Make sure you verify the answers that you thought you knew, but not on the ones you guessed on. They say that when you guess, the first one is probably the right one.
6) Pay attention to the shifting and the loops. They are very tricky. There will be loops within loops within loops that break and continue like no tomorrow, with ++i here and i-- here, and you get the picture.
7) if you don't know an answer to something, mark it to come back to. Mark because as you go through the questions and answers, you will find an answer later on. For example, if there is a question related to arrays, and you are just not sure how to declare it, as you keep going, there's bound to be a question that has an array declared already. Or if you are not sure how the thread run method looks like, if you go through the test, you are bound to see a run method somewhere else.
8) Make sure you do process of elimination. If you can narrow it down, your guess will be more accurate.
9) Nothing else comes up to mind right now, hardly any questions that required you to type something in.
 
Andres Gonzalez
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good job john, now you're certified
 
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