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general test breakdown question

 
Andrew Esse
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I was wondering if some people who've taken the test could give us a general idea of the question makeup of the test. I know that for the SCJP test, I read that there were more questions on certain subjects and I was wondering if things were the same for this test. Basically, I would like to know how to weight my studying time - more heavily towards those things that receive more coverage. I have to take my exam this friday and I have almost finished the HF book. I have yet to take the practice exams, but I am not feeling extremely confident.
 
Kathy Sierra
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Howdy -- you will have between one and two questions on *each* of the objectives... so there are no individual objectives that are heavily weighted more than any others. But if you look at the overall *topics*, then you can see which topics have more objectives (JSPs!), which means you'll have a lot more questions in that area.

But for example, there is only one objective on JSP Document (official Sun objective is 6.3), so that means you will have one or at MOST two questions about using XML-based syntax for your JSP.

Our final exam is a *really* close mapping to the amount of coverage per topic that is on the real exam. We paid VERY close attention to this when we created that final exam... although the questions are obviously different, the "weighting" of the topics is extremely close to what you'll experience in the real exam. But as I said, you can really expect 1 to 2 questions per each individual objective.

(And remember, you can expect a lower score on our final exam than on the real exam, because in our book we do not tell you how many correct answers to choose from.)

My advice is the same that I give for the SCJP--take your time to look at the question and make sure that you've taken a deep breath, exhaled, and looked again. Your very first look might miss something important, and a lot of people miss questions for which they knew the subject, but simply didn't pay enough attention to the question!

And one more time, I'll mention that you MUST stay properly hydrated. Your brain works much better when there is plenty of fluid sloshing around, so drink water!! Before and (if possible) during the exam, and of course before and during studying. Please take this seriously; it really does make a difference... especially for people (like me) who don't get thirsty very often and have to make a conscious effort to drink water.

Good luck!
-Kathy
 
Andrew Esse
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Thank you Kathy. I will make sure that I am fully hydrated because I need all the help that I can get. I have been studying for this exam for a week and a half now and I have to take it this friday. Wish me luck, my job depends on it
 
Philippe Maquet
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Hi Andrew,

Good luck for the exam!
(Though *you* look not having the need of any luck to pass it... ).

Best regards,

Phil.
 
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