Hey Peck, Don't worry. It happens sometimes. One of my friends too missed the test with just one question and she took the test after couple of months with more passion and guess what, she scored 94. Now she used to say if i would hv done that one question correctly i would never get a chance to read again and i hv to carry my unsatisfactory score all thr' my life and now i'm veery happy that i missed first time. So never giveup. BetterLuck next time. And always rememeber.. "Failures are the stepping stones for VICTORY".
If you are scoring near passing, then you are too ambitious about passing this exam. You will lose your mind studying for these if you have aggressive "deadlines" in your head to achieve certification by a certain date. You need to get rid of the ambition. Take several deep breaths. Crack open the book and read them slowly and *ENJOYABLY*. You might need another whole month, so calm down. You will know when you are ready. The goal is not to pass the exam.. There's tens of thousands of monkey programmers out there that still write slash and burn code. The goal is to understand how the features of the language help you as a developer to write really good code. If you aim for this goal, then not only will you pass the exam, but you will be prepared to answer sophisticated questions on a job interview or screening. I'd save certification guides for last. They are only good to train you on how to prepare for treacherous questions, as well as mental exercises to help you review and recite your deep knowledge of language features. The first lessons you need to discover is patience. Read the Sun book: The Java Programming Language Ed.3 by Goslin et. al. It's a very enjoyable read if you take it slowly, because they explain WHY certain features of the language shouldnt be used in certain ways, what idioms are good and bad, and provide approaches to design that lead to Good Code (TM). The Sun book should be taken to coffee shops on rainy November evenings, or perhaps savoured over your lunch break at work. Once you've thoroughly enjoyed the Sun book, then its time to torture yourself with exam prep guides and practice tests. The cert guides dont offer nearly the depth and coverage of the JPL book by Gosling, Arnold and Holmes. I'm presently studying for the SCWCD. I got burned out studying, so I took time off. I was trying to hard to "pass the damn thing" even though I myself was a JSP developer for two years. I did the SCJP2 and an IBM DB/2 exam in September to prepare my re-entry into the job market. Once I get the SCWCD, I'm going to be very happy about not having to study again for sublime and difficult tests once I'm done with this. Yes. The exams are hard, and that is a good thing... -- Jim (SCJP2 1.4, IBM Certified Associate DB/2 UDB, BS Chemistry/Physics)
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