Hi All, I took the test today morning here in Santa Clara, CA and passed with 92 percent. I don't know if I was just plain lucky, but the questions seemed a lot easier than some of the mocks that I took on the net. In any case, since Sun does not put the percent on the certificate, I guess, this really does not make much difference. I think RHE helped me a lot in my preparation. Of course, Javaranch helped me in every possible way. Thanks to the creator of Javaranch and all of you wonderful people. Had it not been for Javaranch, I would not have known what a GridBagLayout is or what a mediatracker is. Also I probably would have wasted time reading Sun's non disclosure agreement in the beginning. My advise is 1> There is no need to cram the API. Instead focus on the language fundamentals. 2> Use a good java book to understand the language, and then use a certification based book like RHE. Do not directly attempt to read RHE without understanding the language first. 3> I found this technique useful. Hope you find it useful too. I used to write a crazy piece of code (which no programmer on earth in his brains would write). Then I used to ask myself, will this compile ? If no, why it will not compile ? If yes, what will the output be ? 4> Also take your time to review the questions. I did not do that. I finished the exam in about an hour and took about 10 minutes to recheck the answers. I knew I had made it through and I had to rush to the office. So I just clicked on End and came out. Please DO NOT do this. Recheck the answers thoroughly. I feel that I could have made atleast one more correct answer had I rechecked again. I would like to thank Marcus for the wonderful sample papers. I would also like to thank Maha Anna for the wonderful site, with lots of links to mocks. I will still hang around Javaranch, hoping to be of some use to somebody. I am planning to do SCJD now. I wish you all the very best in your exams. I once again thank the wonderful people of Javaranch for helping me achieve this. Regards, Shashank P.S - I got one question on Sockets. I got it right, not because I knew the answer was correct, but because I knew the other answers were wrong.
CONGRATULATIONS Shashank That was a great score. Though what perplexed me was ur sttement that u had to rush to office. I'm taking exam on 28th. Can u pls tell us what kind info is required for the socket question WITHOUT mentioning the exact question from the exam. If required, u can email me at email@example.com Thanks.
[This message has been edited by Harry Chawla (edited August 21, 2000).]