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david lightman
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I have been reading K&B for about 3 weeks now I still have some chapters to go but I feel like I am progressing. I am saving all the mocks for after im done with K&B. I am doing well in rules roundup, but when i took the whizlabs sample test...whoa...i got killed. I really felt naked. I could not believe how extremely hard it was. The questions were mostly a page long and very hard to follow and took too much time i felt. My confidence is really damaged as even the answers to the whizlab questions were paragraphs long and hard to understand!!
I program in java, so I understand how to code, but this is a different game and I am worried about failing now..
I guess I will continue to read K&B and try some more. I already bought my voucher because I thought i could pass, but now i feel wierd.

Anyone else experience this?
 
Mohamed Shafi
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Hi David,

Hey don't worry man!!! i have had similar experince before. it's purely out of curiosity that we attempt at mock exams even before we are fully through with the book or SCJP topics.

Even though u can view it from both angles, it's always better to attempt mocks after getting FULLY PREPARED!!!

My advice or suggestion would be to go through Kathy's book (K&B) twice, them attempt the following mocks..

1. Rules round up (My fav.)
2. K&B Mocks
3. Dan's Mocks (They r hard)
4. Marcus Green Mocks
5. and if u get time, Khalid Mugals Mocks (They r the hardest!!)

If u could do as above, i bet u will get a score around 90 or may be 90+.

Hope this helps....
[ November 16, 2005: Message edited by: Mohamed Shafi ]
 
Patrick Williams
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I just had the same experience. I took the Whizlogic preps that come with the Khalid book and I was sweating it. I did well on the K&B Self Tests and the mock that came with that, but not the Khalid mocks. I reviewed the answers instead of dwelling on the mocks and I was able to get a 95%. Don't worry if you do poorly on the whizlabs mocks...I did poorly as well!
 
david lightman
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thanks for the words. it was just a little scary and I'm glad to hear someone who can score as well as 95 had a similar experience.
I will keep going with my plan and complete my K&B then procedd with mocks,

one last question,
when taking the exam questions, do you always start from the main in the question or top-down, when there are large questions, I tend to jump all around and waste time.

thanks again, wish me luck
 
Patrick Williams
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The best advice that I can give is to get a feel for what the answer choices are first. When going through the self test, I would sometimes jump to conclusions as to what was actually being asked, but reading the choices would reign me back in. Also, if the question allows for more than one answer and you have found them all before reading all of the choices, keep reading. When you find one more correct answer than what is being asked, it allows to to inspect the answers that you have chosen to see why those answers are wrong. For instance, I almost got a Thread question wrong in K&B. It asks for two statemen ts that are true. I picked two, but saw a third one that might also be true. I reviewed the two I had already picked and saw that one of them stated that a class EXTENDS the Runnable interface (it was a word problem question without code). Given that it was not a sample code question, it was harder for me to pick out, but I did see it after thinking that I came up with three answers. I guess that this approach is similar with disqualifying certain choices. Hope that helps (and I hope that it makes sense, I am kind of rambling ;-))
 
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