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My score did not fall into the 90's like the majority of those on this site. I did not discover this site until about 2 weeks prior to testing. But I am certainly happy about the pass. I thought the test was a bit more conceptual than I had anticipated. While there were about 3 questions with code greater than 20 lines, the answers were easily disovered if you took your time and didn't let the large amount of lines overwhelm you....understanding overloading v. overriding is a must as is a complete understanding of inner classes and their ability to "see" variables...I used the RHE book, ExamCram, Marcus Green tests, and a set of study notes written by Eddie Mcnally (http://eddiemcnally.hypermart.net). I think the article from this site "Getting in Touch with Your Inner Class" is a must read! I think Kai's Notes are accurate in forecasting the distribution of questions based on objective. As far as the mock exams...I found in my case that I scored about 10% greater on the real exam then my average on the mock exams....The ExamCram mock exam is a humbling experience..but it will serve you well in pointing out trouble spots...take all mocks with a grain of salt...don't get caught up in the score you earn on those tests, rather let them point out areas that you need to revisit during final studying....the Dylan Walsh notes are a must read within 24 hours of taking the test.....
One last bit of advice....if you get a question that asks you about code that will or will not compile: read the lines VERY carefully...and then re-read them....
Well...these are my thoughts on the experience of taking the exam...
Does anyone know of a forum like this for Solaris Cert. studying?
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Congrats !!
Thanks for your inputs !!
Did u get any questions on gridbag layout? Is it sufficient to cover I/O and collections part from RH?
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Milind
 
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Congratulations Sandman!
Your feed back is really good and to be read .
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Yes, I had 1 maybe 2 questions on GridBag layout....they were general in nature...any of the studyguides should help you with the overall concept needed to answer the questions....
I think I/O was covered well in the RHE book. I think you should concentrate on "what takes what"...that is how do you daisy chain the elements together.....
Collections: Yes...RHE and all the study notes I downloaded from various sources did more then enough to equip me with the knowledge necessary to answer the collections questions...again, key in on the defintions (which ones can take duplicates, which ones are in order, etc, etc)
I think the questions I missed were probably the ones that had multiple answers.....There was not a question on the exam that I did not recognize the concept...I probably didn't know all the ins and outs....my other certifications are from Cisco. On Cisco tests, the exam tells you how many correct answers are required for the questions....just a different testing philosophy I guess....
 
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Congratulations sandman! One point I want to respond to - it's true that many of the scores we hear about on this forum are 90% or greater, but I don't think these are really a majority. I think it's just that the people who do really well are more likely to come here afterwards and tell us about it. I bet there are still a number of people who aren't even passing - they just don't tell us about it. Getting 80% is perfectly respectable. Thanks for posting!
 
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Congratulations!
Excellent feedback.
Regards,
Dave http://www.enterprisedeveloper.com/jcertify
 
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