Hey everybody! I'm not new to programming at all. I am relatively new to Java. I'm sort of bummed out because of what seems to happen to me with clockwork regularity.
I am studying core Java like a good boy. I'm doing online training with Skillsoft, studying my SCJP Certification Study guide, and anxiously awaiting for my K&B to arrive. As I step through chapters, I do well on the individual reviews, each Skillsoft session that I complete, I generally ace the quiz at the end of each course.
Then, I start feeling like I need to go see what I can do!!! So, over to Java Black Belt I go, take a test and fail it. Generally, from what I have seen, I fail for two basic reasons: 1) I get questions on material that I haven't covered in my study sequence yet, and 2) it looks like these guys go deep into the books, and even the official API, find the deepest darkest, tiniest little technical points there are, generate a piece of code to trip over it, and then turn it into a question.
How do you ever get past this? Am I looking at this all wrong? Am I just too impatient? Should I just forget taking any kind of tests yet, focus on the core Java training, and wait till I am done with the course to go looking at tests?
If anyone has a useful way to look at this..... I'd love to hear it. I'm NOT stopping at all.... I'd just like to hear advice from someone who's been there!
SCJP - 86% - June 11, 2009
Don't get discouraged. Java Black Belt's exams are really tough. I wouldn't worry. Expect the real exam to be quite easier than Java Black Belt's. Don't get me wrong, I like that site very much. But as long as the certification goes, I'd rather concentrate on what's on the exam.
I proposed myself to do some of their exams (and get more belts) after passing the real one: I also noticed that they go into a lot of details. I think that for the exam it is better to concentrate on the whole picture.
Take also into consideration that accoridngly to Java Black Belt's rules, you are not expected to pass those exams without using any reference or IDE. Their 'passing mark' is also high 80%, while for the real exam I think you need just 62% (but I am not sure).
I agree, some questions on JavaBlackBelt are hard, and sneaky, testing you for some extreme situations (darkest corners as you said).
Think of it, that you can learn something new before exam. Even failed mock exam can teach you something new. Dan Chrisholm's test are very good in this, because it is impossible to memorize any question, each looks almost the same. Mark wrong answers and revisit those questions later. [ June 15, 2007: Message edited by: John Stone ]