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Passed SCJP 1.4

 
Kris Lightsey
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The exam process was a bit more uncomfortable than I would have thought -- the room was small and hot and there were two of us in it. The other guy was muttering during part of the test.
They gave me a spray bottle and markers for a plastic sheet and napkins for an eraser instead of plain old pencil and paper for a worksheet. The pen didn't work so I had to get up and find help to get a new one. Also, they had placed the power strip directly under the chair where my feet were and I accidentally stepped on it and killed the power in the middle of the exam.
Other than that things went well -- I still got 81% even though I lost some time and was a bit rattled.
I used the Sierra/Bates book and it was very helpful. I did all of the test questions in all sections but did not do the exercises since I made up my own (many, many of my own -- testing areas that I wanted to understand better. Like -- what would the compiler do if I try THIS .... etc. Lots of those types of things.)
I think next time I might try a different testing center, though...
--Kris
 
Patrick Williams
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Congratulations on passing, but sorry to hear about the bad testing center experience.
 
Kris Lightsey
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Thanks, Patrick. I'm hoping things will be better at a different test center. I'll be taking the Web Components test next, then the IBM XML cert after that.
Good luck on your upcoming SCWCD!
 
Karthikeyan Balasubramanian
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Congrats Kris.Great Score.
All the Best for ur upcoming Certifications.
 
Ramesh Shanmugam
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Hi kris,

Congrats for clearing the test
 
Bert Bates
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Congrats Kris,

We're glad the book helped.

I also had a bad experience in a test center - I think everyone who does should write to Sun or call.
 
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