Yalvin Duha wrote:I do not know where I stand as of now, but I started preparing for the exam about a few weeks ago, and I'm planning to take the test in the middle of June (less than 2 months from now).
I have not rigorously coded for the past 7 years, in any language to be honest. As I finish each section of K&B, I'm going through the end-of-chapter mock exams, and I'm scoring 70% which is very disappointing. Because I do go dig around on every little topic as much as I could, write codes, rewrite them, try to get as whacky as the language permits, I feel like doing 70% is a very weak result. It's freaking me out, and I'm doubting that maybe I should postpone the exam by a few weeks (you can do that, right?)!
Besides 100's of codes I've written (by the end of chapter 4), I'm creating a long list of rules and exceptions that I realize either I didn't know or having a difficult time mastering them (according to the exams or little codes that act up unexpectedly), with, of course, ample of examples for ease of studying. I create a package for every topic, and accordingly, sub packages for various scenarios just to keep everything tidy and easy to navigate in case I needed to review them later on. Concurrently, I throw all the necessary bullet points in my notes so I can scan them quickly. I keep going back and forth between my codes when something pops up in my head, or I encounter a precarious question, article, comment, etc., which become a daunting task.
I was hoping -- planning actually -- to finish K&B and some other book, by mid-May, so I could start taking at least 20-25 full or partial mock exams by mid-June, but by the pace I'm going, I don't think that would be feasible. I'm realizing that I'm making some really dumb mistakes while taking K&B end-of-chapter exams which should bump my score to mid 70's%, but no more than 1 or 2 (out of 10-15 questions). Is this a good starting point? If I was coding for the past 7 years, I would have probably studied for less than a few weeks, but then again, like some, this is not my situation.
What are your suggestions?
P.S. Are there study groups in major U.S. metropolitans that one can get in contact with and do a group study? I've heard for some certifications people do that. I don't think the JUG groups provide that.