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Passed, not a great score, but heh, it feels good to have passed. My take of the exam for those who have not taken it yet- 1. The test tested knowledge, the questions were not the same as the mocks, some of the concepts I was tested on were not even found in the mocks I did - I used the Marcus Green and JQPlus exams to study (and others). I found myself thinking that I was so glad I knew some Java because if I relied on my memory of the mock questions I would not have passed. 2. The code samples are long, many questions had 20 lines of code to read. I thought it was helpful to look at the answers first, so you can rule out those pesky questions that have syntax errors (like the package and import statement reversed). 3. I was not sure whether or not to include quotes on my write-in answers. I had read a discussion of this I think on MahaAnna's site, but check. For example, what is the value of String s? Is it abc or "abc"? That may have cost me. 4. You hear alot that the test is not as hard as JQPlus, but my score was very close to the average score I got when taking the last few JQPlus exams for the first time.
Congratulations, Tracey! Could you please tell what concepts you were tested on which were not touched in the mock exams? Your feedback would be very helpful in improving the mock exams. thanks, Paul. ------------------ Get Certified, Guaranteed! (Now Revised for the new Pattern) www.enthuware.com/jqplus
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Thank you everyone. Sorry I have not posted sooner, got swamped with trying to learn beans, XML, PERL all at once. It is hard for me to talk about the concepts that I found on the exam that were not on the mocks without paraphrasing the question. There were several questions that I had not covered in my preparation. I would have caught these questions, though, if I had taken samples from the mocks and reworked them forwards, backwards, and sideways. For example, in the mocks I had a question similar to "What is the correct way to read from a File?" 5 multiple choice answers follow. In the exam I had a question similar in complexity to "What I/O class has the reset method?" 5 multiple choice answers follow. The mocks did ask similar question of other packages (AWT), I just wasn't sure of this one. Also I was caught by some inner classes and interface questions, but I did well on these sections. I scored poorly on the threads section. Answer to question about quotes - I left them off - my reasoning was the quotes define the type of the variable and that was not asked. I don't know if I did the right thing according to the rules of the exam. How is "value of" supposed to be interpreted?