hi guys at last i passed. this was my second attempt. last time i got 69% in the old pattern1 this time 76% i am a programmer and have worked both in asp and java. but what is in the certification is different from work. tommorow i am joining my new job. i did not read any books this time. last time i had not given any mock exams this time i gave about 15 mock exams. the new pattern is easier than the old pattern. it is clearly mentioned how many questions to answer so no confusion. prepare io properly it is very easy to score in io i got 100% also got 100% in util. i have worked on Collections so i knew it it is easy. just keep in mind which class implements what. and what should be used when only one question in thread was confusing.i must have got that wrong cause i got 85% in threads. give the real exam after you start getting 80% in the mocks. All old mock exams are valid. the fundas are the same. Biggest thanx to MUMMY and PAPPA. they kept encouraging me always. javaranch is of course the best site. and thanx to all you guys out there.