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Passed SCMAD

 
peter parker
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Hey all,

I passed the SCMAD exam with 67% on 12.03.2004 after preparing for 3 weeks. I've been developing MIDlets for almost 2 years and got certified to gauge my overall knowledge and understanding. The only material I used to study were the APIs and Whizlabs.

Overall the exam was the most difficult Sun exam I've ever taken. Incidently, it was also the worst written. The test questions are very very poorly written; not tricky, not challenging, simply poorly written. Moreover, the answers (options) are just as vague. I whole-heartedly encourage Sun to revisit the grammar and sentence structure of the questions/options because I'm very confident others will encounter the same issue. Additionally, I encourage Sun to check the accuracy of the question/options because I came across 2 questions w/o correct options. Maybe this is why the passing score is 55%

As for exam preparation, I recommend writing as many small 'test' apps as possible and taking as many mock exams as possible. Here are my average SCMAD mock exam scores:
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Diagnostic: 60/68
P. Test 1: 57/68
P. Test 2: 48/68
P. Test 3: 59/68
Final: 48/68
Quiz: 139/150 (12 sec/per question)
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I believe the actual exam closely resembles P. Test 2 and the Final Exam.
The Whizlabs SCMAD provides excellent explanations to their questions (although there are a handfull of errors) and the interface is nice. Is it worth $80?? I think not. Where is the Enthuware SCMAD ???

As for exam experience, here's what I recall:
- Know HTTPConnection methods
- Almost 1/3 - 1/2 the exam are questions based on code snippets [know CommandListener, GameCanvas(paint/repaint), RecordStore creation, RMS Exceptions, casting Connections]
- Understand x.509 PKI authentication
- Lots and lots of PushRegistry [static vs. dynamic, IP filtering, send/receive exceptions, etc..]
- Understand Manifest / JAD permissions
- WMA questions are written badly, so watch out.

Here is my exam section analysis:
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JTWI: 75%
CLDC: 100%
Security: 85%
Networking: 57%
Application Model: 50%
MIDP Persistent Storage: 66%
Push Registry: 66%
MIDP UI API: 60%
MIDP Game API: 75%
MMAPI: 80%
WMA: 33%
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All-in-all, I'm pleased I passed the exam ; I wanted a better score (damn personal pride ), so I'll be sure to study smarter next time.

Next, I'm off the tackle the Oracle DBA (associate), then the MCSD VS.NET, and finally to round off 2005 the PMP.

Best of luck to everyone!

-PP
[ December 05, 2004: Message edited by: peter parker ]
 
Ko Ko Naing
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Congratulations!!!

A pass is a pass... Anyway, you are Sun Certified MAD now!!!
 
William var
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gr8 Peter!!!
Gr8 going !!!
KO KO NANG when are you going to do an encore Mate ??
 
Mark Spritzler
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"peter parker"-
Please adjust your displayed name to meet the

JavaRanch Naming Policy.

You can change it

here.

Thanks! and congrats on becoming a SCMAD!

Mark
 
Bert Bates
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Peter,

A couple of things...

First - Congrats! (I'm gonna slide this over to the results forum)

Second - I'd appreciate it if you sent me an email with whatever specifics you can remember about concerns you have with the exam. If you feel there are errors or bad questions we certainly want to track those down!

- Bert
 
Sathya Srinivasan
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Hi Peter,

Congrats on passing the exam!

I am happy to learn that the simulator helped you

As for the 'handful of errors', I want to make a marketing statement here saying that the errors that have been brought to our attention are being fixed as quickly as possible (at least clarified as quickly as possible) and incorporated into updates. Currently, we have been notified of around 5 erroneous questions out of around 350 available.

That said, congrats once again!
[ December 06, 2004: Message edited by: Sathya Srinivasan ]
 
Ajith Kallambella
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Congratulations and best wishes for your future endeavors.
 
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