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Failed the 819 today

 
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Pretty disappointed.


Why I think I failed (53%) - I prepped pretty intensively for the last 2 months ( 25+ hours per week )

1. Not enough time spent on Mock tests ( I've done 3 in the last week , up until then , I hadn't done any)

2. Not enough time spent, practicing speed reading code ( you have to read alot of code , very quickly in this exam )

3. Practice writing / viewing code in a black and white text editor ( I used Eclipse )


If I could make one suggestion to Oracle it would be allow abit more time ( I'm not a season exam taker - its been 12 years since my last exam ).


The funny thing is I think I really gave myself a really great update of my Java knowledge, and feel like I know many of the topics really well now ( I'm an experienced dev but haven't done any hardcore for some years Java since Java 1.5 ).







 
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Really sorry to hear that. Hopefully it was the discounted exam. As you said regardless of the certification you have gained knowledge now and you are a better developer!

May I ask you what kind of question you had in the exam? Which topics and if they were tricky any of them?

Thanks and good luck next time!
 
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Head up! I'm pretty sure that you can do it next time.

Indeed you need to take more mock exams, try https://enthuware.com/
They have similar questions with what you get at the real exam. And they really set you on exam mood.

Good luck next time!
 
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thanks Guys

it was the discount one ( I think I rushed it to get the discount to be honest ).

yep definitely will do lots of Enthuware exams before taking it again.  

In terms of questions there's a wide range really.

A few on Function / Streams stuff , and interfaces / inheritance . Then rest was a mixed bag.
 
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I am sorry to hear you failed the test.
Many people reported time not sufficient.
It looks like besides knowing Java classes/APIs you need fast decision-making skills.. 8-(
 
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you're absolutely right Mikalai,

Speed reading and speed decision making on the code samples is vital for this exam.


However as an experienced dev, I'm not sure its a great trait to be encouraging to the kids taking this exam ( I know alot of them are junior / entry level, wanting to improve their Java ).
 
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