I've been reading books and taking tons of practice tests for the exam, and I still only managed to score 47% on the test.
The problem is, that on all the practice tests I've taken, I've been getting close to 100% of the questions right, and the actual exam didn't even remotely resemble those.
I've been using the Kaplan software, which has a bank of 194 questions it draws from.
I'm beginning to wonder if there was a glitch or something in the test, because the breakdown of the types of questions also wasn't accurate to what it should have been it seems. My score sheet breakdown says one of the areas I missed was create a simple lambda expression, but there were no questions on the test on lambdas. There were also several questions on running java from the command line, and there should have only been about 1-2 questions on that. I don't know if they actually use a breakdown of question types, or just randomly draw 70 questions from their database regardless of the topic.
Many of the questions were also worded very awkwardly as well and didn't make much sense.
The real problem is, I don't really know what to do to in order to prepare to do better next time. I can study the java command line and brush up on some things, but all in all, I don't remember what the exam really had on it much, because it didn't look familiar to me based on what I studied.
Is there any software that isn't expensive that someone can recommend? Someone who has taken and passed the test and recalls being similar to what was actually being asked?
The questions that I actually did the best on in practice tests, I didn't even see those types of questions on the exam.
They have a bunch of "does not compile" choices on nearly every question.
I'm thinking I just didn't use the right software, or the test has been modified a lot since the Kaplan software was created and they didn't keep up with the changes.