passed with an 86%. yay! my favorite books i studied from: core java2 volume 1-fundamentals, horstmann java in a nutshell, flanagan thanks for the help everybody. i was lucky and when i took the test, there was no one in the test room but me. if i had some nut next to me talking to himself, dunno if i could've done it.
Congratulatiuons , John. That is great score. Great news. All the very best for the future. Now , What is next on agenda ? Would like to hear more in detail about your exam experience for the benefits of javaranchers .
thanks for the replies. next on the agenda is to update my resume and start looking for a junior-level java programming job. maybe start a non-trivial project too---for me as well as for something to talk about on interviews. the exam was on a small flickering 15" monitor. the exam cubicles were very small but, as i said, no one was in the exam room with me (which was very small as well). they supplied scrap paper and a pencil. i had 59 questions and about 1.5 hours to answer them---more than enough time, as long as you don't dawdle. when i was done with the exam, i thought i was all finished, but there was a questionnare to answer (still on the computer) regarding things like how long you've been programming, how good you think you are at various topics, etc. when you're done, the administrator gives you a printout of how you did on all the topics in the test, they stamp it "do not lose," and imprint it with a seal (like a notary public). the questions were very well formatted (with indenting and all) so they were quite easy to read. very few questions on inner classes; well, fewer than i expected anyway. i found it helpful to "mark" questions and get back to them at the end because some questions further into the exam reveal clues about other questions (of course). most of all, there were many questions where they showed you some code and asked, "what will happen?". the best way to prepare for these is to, of course, always guess at what your own code will do before you attempt to compile and run it. good luck and see you on the jobs discussion board! [This message has been edited by john gabriele (edited May 13, 2001).]