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Passed with bad result : now what ?

 
Rahul Sudip Bose
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Hi ! Firstly, i would like to thank all the people in this forum and the K&B team for making this possible.

Now, the not-so-good part :
I took the test today got 73 % and worst performance was in : API and Collections , as expected.
One major mistake i made : Studied only OCP practice exams and did not take any mock tests like exam-lab and k&b CD.

My speed was ok, and i could finish everything well in time. But the mocks would have helped me to improve my concepts, and possibly get a higher score.

I hardly used the marker and sheets. The questions are much smaller in size than ocp exams book. But remember the smaller the question, the deadlier it is....well 90% of the time.

One important thing - Write a LOT OF code, experiment and think like a exam maker from day one, ie how can i make this question even more challenging ?

Now, there are some questions in my mind :

1- I know that "some" potential employers prefer candidates with 90+ and i will be simply screened out in the initial phase.
Should i retake the 1.6 test ?
OR should take ocp 1.7/8 ?

2- I was wondering if pursuing another cert like WCD with the current ocp score will improve my resume and perhaps nullify the bad result ?


PS : There are many people with 90+ and it seems that anything below 80 can be considered poor performance.

 
jishnu dasgupta
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Hey Rahul!!!

Congratz Man in getting through .And secondly dont let yourself down man. Its really more important that you know your stuff rather than flaunt your certification scores.
And please understand that potential employers wouldnt judge your caliber based on your scores, and i am telling it from personal experience!!!...So cheeer up!!...

On a personal front i dont think that retaking the exam is really neccessary!!! And i believe you know your weak points, so possibly you can work on that to get your concepts clear.Thats all that really matters!!!
 
Paul Anilprem
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Congratulations for passing!
Instead of taking the test again, it will be more beneficial for your job hunt if you broaden your area of study. SCJP focuses on very selective topics and there are many other topics which are required in a pure Java Developer job such as NIO, APIs for XML, and Swing. You might want to take other free exams such as Brainbench to learn about these topics.
 
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