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Return of the Prodigal One: Passed SCJP1.4

 
William var
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I failed miserably with 47% (29/61).Now I may have to give up my aspiration for a scmad certification.I am not too much into java more intrested into the workings of j2me.But really I was hoping just to clear with passing marks.If anyone has some very simple "straight forward" notes ( digestable stuff/dumps ) they could send it across to me ...I was finding that by the time I covered K & B from one end to another I was forgetting the beginings ...Studying & working on the side hasnt been too easy..my email id is william_varghese@indiatimes.com

feeling grouchy so let me get back to work...

Thanks in advance....

William

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wise owen
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Do not worry be happy. Good luck at the next time.
 
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William,

I'd say that you're close to passing! JavaRanch kind of skews the reality of these tests - lots and lots of people fail on their first try, we just don't hear about that too much on JavaRanch because most people who fail aren't as brave as you!

Remember, Sun sets the passing rate where they do because they want their certs. to mean something - they want a lot of people to fail at first!

Nail it next time!

Bert
 
Peter Sin
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We support you !
 
saied ims
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good luck man u r a brave
 
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William,
don't give up. Give it another try. Study your book once again.
Did you try any commercial mocks ? There are very valuable and will help you understand where your weak points are.
Good luck.
 
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Wiiliam

Dont give up man..U were very close..Next time you will rock.. Hoping to hear the passing post from you next time.

All the best.
 
satya mahapatra
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Hi William,

U r really brave man.Coz nobody tell when they fail.Anyway
u are very close to pass.Good Luck man!!!
 
William var
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First of all, I would like to thank everyone who has mailed on this thread to encourage and support me ...I really appreciate it..

I expect to size up and take up the challenge sometime soon after doing some better preparation..

I took the test on 19th. I happened to get an offer for a voucher that expires on the 30th of this month from a friend. But I am guessing that there has to be a two weeks gap between retests so I couldn't use it.Could anyone confirm that ?

Thanks in advance .....
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Respect to this man !!!
I am preparing for SCJP 1.4. It will be my first Sun Cert exam.
If more people were as brave as Mr William Var us first timers would see a clearer picture of the pass / fail rate. It's very intimidating to see "everyone" passing. As for myself, I promise to stand up and be counted when my time comes.

Mr. Var - I hope you give it another shot, you are very very close !!

Finner
 
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Keep trying until you make it.

The book by Kathy and Bert is your best friend.

This exam really has a lot of topics, so take your time.

When you become SCMAD, your SCJP background will be a good thing in hand; like in finding solutions and debugging.
 
Biliang Zhou
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Admire... I doubt whether I have the guts to admit once I fail a test. So you are definitely a BRAVE MAN!

Yeah working and studying is not of great fun, and if you have a family too, things can be tougher. Keep on working, and good luck next time!

One tiny suggestion: rather than taking a lot of mock exams and going through a lot of questions, really figure out where you have made mistakes and understand why and how thoroughly.
 
William var
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Hi Everyone!...

Thanks for all the support you guys have given me !!! I took another shot at the exam and passed.
( I did it on a discount of a discounted voucher I bought from someone who was selling it as it was near expiry.)
I had to wait at the Prometric place for about 2.5 hours as there were other test going on..

Here are some of the suggestions I have for retakers

- Look at the areas where you have kinda scored badly and work on them.They would provide more scope for getting more marks into the kitty ...
For eg I was zilch in collections in the 1st go coz i didnt care to mug those methods but made it 100%the next time..

- Some topics I really didnt improve on at all between both exams like threads and GC 75%
Focusing on them just because they are your favourites wont really get you the pass marks.

- Some of the bigger chapters in the K&B were a put off for me as I often ended up sleeping with the book and ultimately consumed more time.So the only thing possible was do a rapid cram or hit the 2 minute notes or alternatively do questions on these topics.

- I did find one of the questionsbank [link suppressed ] on the net useful.Especially for nailing down some of the smaller chapters where I had gone down in my score.

- I just prepared for the last week or two with K& Bsince I was already sleepy/sick of seeing the book and all the underlined and dog eared pages of my making and was having lotsa work and some family obligations leading up to the exam....

- As the book says its all about having the knowledge at the right point of time....

Now I will proceed and try to become MAD..(SCMAD)...next ......
I heard a rumour that Sun is going to Hike the fee for the Voucher in Sept... :roll:
Did anyone hear anything of that sort....
Hmmm....where will I hunt and get my next discounted VOucher from .....
If anyone has anything for me for becoming MAD they could pass it across!!!

-William
 
wise owen
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Congratulations!
 
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Awwesome comeback William!

Congrats!

Bert
 
William var
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Sir Bert!

Any tips for SCMAD if any ... Have you heard anything to the extent that
voucher prices are being hiked soon ....
?
-William
 
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