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Passed first time with 84%

Charles Talbott

Joined: Feb 09, 2001
Posts: 12
All, while I have only tacitly participated in the discussion forums until now, I would like thank you for your thought-provoking discussions. They, and this entire site, are invaluable.
I had no prior Java work experience before attempting the exam, only a Java programming class about 8 months ago.
I prepared by studying intensely for 5 weeks using the following methodology:

  • Read and took notes(hand-written unfortunately) from RHE
  • Went through objective by objective and coded programs to test each principle
  • Took a few mock exams
  • Went back to coding to verify I understood questions that I missed.
  • Followed the Certification Study forum. Very helpful as it demands that you start thinking outside the box - i.e. makes you start posing 'what if I do this?' questions, that weren't addressed by the more straight-forward questions of RHE
  • More coding and mock exams to nail down the language behaviour in more obscure cases

  • While my score was not terrible, I felt I could have done better. I didn't concentrate on threads as much as I should have. I wasn't expecting them to be tested as heavily as they were on the exam.
    My only recommendations for taking the exam that I haven't seen readily mentioned by other postings are these:

    • Use as much of the two hours as you need. Take your time and be thorough.
    • Stay alert and examine the code samples carefully. I caught myself on one or two questions thinking "Okay. This question is testing this concept..." Upon revisiting the code, I realized the question appeared to be testing one concept, but was actually testing another concept.

    • [This message has been edited by Charles Talbott (edited February 15, 2001).]

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Congratulations, Charles !

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Dominic Steng�rd
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Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 186
Congratulations Charles!
I wish you all the best for your Java career!
Dominic Steng�rd
Sun Certified Java 2 Programmer

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Judy Xu

Joined: Feb 11, 2001
Posts: 15
Hi, Sir: Congratulations. I got same score as you did on Feb 7 01. I felt same as you do that I could do better. I didn't stay alert and I thought I started a tutorial after I pressed enter key when I finished typing my exam ID.(I really blame that application has some problems, not good enough). I hope both of us could promote our careers with this certificate.
Peter Tran

Joined: Jan 02, 2001
Posts: 783
Congratulations on passing the test! Don't worry about the score. The fact that you passed is reason to celebrate. The certificate doesn't have your score anywhere. Personally, I would like to see SUN just give a pass/fail mark rather than a percentage score.
I'm really horrible at these kinds of test, so I'm expecting a low score for myself. Will it bum me out? Not really, because I do feel I know JAVA pretty well.
Charles Talbott

Joined: Feb 09, 2001
Posts: 12
Thank you for your congratulations and Congratulations Judy!
I know we all value our certifications for many reasons (time, effort, and money spent, etc). I especially value mine because my background is largely in COBOL, and hopefully certification will put me one step closer to making the transition to the world of OO programming.
[This message has been edited by Charles Talbott (edited February 12, 2001).]
I agree. Here's the link:
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