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Just passed 1st part and my review on Whizlabs mockups

 
Jay Yan
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I just passed Part 1 today 91%. One error each in four areas.

I passed SCJP and SCBCD years ago with 9x%.

This time, I spent a few months on design patterns using Head First Design Patterns book. That's more a learning experience than exam preparation. Good book.

I spent about a month with Mark Cade and Simon Roberts book. Good book, but it does not cover 100% of the exam scope.

I spent several hours reading the Paul Allen and Joseph Bambara book. Waste of time. That book covers too many topics (good for your knowledge though), and many errors in those quizs.

I went through Whizlab's preparation kits in the last two weeks. Among those 9 tests, I scored 3 a little below passing line, 2 in 7x%, and 4 in 8x%. Generally, each Whizlab test contains more than 10% of ambiguous questions and wrong answers, and less than 10% of questions totally out of scope (like a question about a telecommunication concept virtual channel). That's why I scored finally higher than in all those mockups. I think the coverage of the those exams is about 90%.

My suggestions for people who are using those Whizlab's kit be aware of the existence of their bad questions, and read the explanations carefully, which are more accurate usually than the standard answers. My final exam, taken yesterday, was 73% only. So, don't panic about low scores with those Whizlab tests, as far as you know what's wrong and what's correct.
 
Ronnie Phelps
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Congratulations Jay! That's a great score! Do you think that you could've answered the design patterns questions without the extensive studying of HF design patterns?
 
Jay Yan
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Originally posted by Ronnie Phelps:
Do you think that you could've answered the design patterns questions without the extensive studying of HF design patterns?


Well, I was not clear about the difference between Factory method and Abstract Factory, or the difference between Strategy and Template. So, my answer is negative. But I did not do it "extensively" though. Just a few hours each week. And it does not have to be HF. However, HF is much easier to understand. GoF book is nerdier.

BTW, I also used Pete Morgan's SCEA Part 1 Notes found on web. Thanks to Pete.
 
Bryan Aho
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Great Score! Congrats!!!

The GoF book put me to sleep...the HF Design Patterns book (and poster) saved me on the SCEA exam!
 
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Congrats !
 
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