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Hurray! I am a SJCP for Java 1.4 with 98%

 
Ganesh mb
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well, I wanted to report another success story, wanted to share it here so that others also benefit from my experience. I secured 98% in this exam with a preparation for little more than a week.
I have 3 years of experience in Java platform even though I haven�t coded much in last 1 year. On 19th of December, I decided to take Sun�s certification for developers to boost my career plans. I discovered from Sun�s site that I had to take programmer's test first.
This was a Friday and I knew so little about the exam and probably way too much about my proficiency in Java (:-)) that I bought the Sun voucher on Saturday and started looking out for scheduling my exam on Monday!
There was no slot available in my area for the whole of next week, so scheduled it for next Monday(29-DEC-2003) grudgingly(why wait for a week to write this simple programmer's test?).
On the same day, went to Barnes & Nobles to sit, read and brush up my Java fundamentals, was surprised to see Java books exclusively meant for certification. The book by Kathy and Bert immediately caught my attention because it seemed to cover programmer as well as developer's exams. I quickly browsed through the book, it didn't take me too long to determine that the exam wasn't going to be a cakewalk..
Well, my Java concepts are solid but when was it last that I typecasted an int to long or used byte variables or used Integer.parseByte? I just went ahead and bought the book, thanked God that slots hadn�t been available for the next day!.
And, I spent next 1 week reading Kathy/Bert�s book in the order of Java objectives in a hurried manner and took the model exam in the CD on Friday. I was feeling good despite the exam software�s proclamation that I had failed. Well, I didn�t have to worry about it for two reasons: First, I got around 70% right and secondly, hadn't been all that serious while taking the exam.
Fair enough. On Saturday, I thought I was done with the book, started searched in google for programmer exam resources, got into javaranch and found myself among a wealth of resources. Oh! how stupid I was to miss this for last 1 week.
I spent around an hour in this forum reading the success stories and per people�s recommendation here, started working out exams on www.danchisholm.net. Despite taking these exams seriously, I was always getting around 18-20 out of 29 in first few exams here and that kinda frustrated me as I was shooting for at least 80% in the final exams. It was a cruel reminder that I had more ground to cover. I took the Kathy/Bert�s book again and started covering the chapters line by line wherever I had got the pertinent question wrong in danchisholm�s exams. I had indeed missed some important points. I carefully went through the two-minute drills and exam watches in all chapters. By end of Sunday, I was feeling confident even though I went nowhere near securing 100% in danchisholm�s exams, I was making at least 6 or 7 mistakes.
On the D-Day, I went for the exam taking break from work on a busy day (My manager didn�t like it and wouldn�t have let me if not for the clause that I cannot claim my money back if I cancel within last 24 hours, three cheers to Sun ).
In the exam, I found the questions to be simpler than I thought, than what I had found in danchisholm's exams. I finished it in an hour and few minutes, had plenty of time to review my answers. , I got 60 out of 61 right.
Any ways, I am a Sun-certified Java programmer now with a score of 98% !
And this wouldn�t have been possible without,
1)Everything that I learnt from Kathy/Bert�s excellent study guide.
2)Things I gained in javaranch at the last minute: useful tips and and the tremendous motivation from success stories here.
3)The tough exams I took in danchisholm.net that prevented me from taking things easy.
I created my account here today and took some time to post this really long mail because I thought I owe it to this place and also because I wanted to thank the authors of my preparation guide who seem to visit this forum. Thanks Kathy and Bert! And a special thanks to danchisholm!
Hoping to spend lot more time here as I embark on my journey for developer�s certification.
[ December 31, 2003: Message edited by: Ganesh mb ]
 
Thomas De Vos
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Many congratulations with such an excellent score.
Well done.
And for your boss, Oh well ... I'm sure he will be pleased too.
 
Vivek Nidhi
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Congrats
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Bert Bates
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Ganesh -
WOW !! 98% ?? After one week?
Fantastic, we're glad the book helped you in your studies.
Bert
 
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