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cathy gregory
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Joined: Aug 20, 2001
Posts: 11
studied my brains out for the past 3 weeks or so, took the test today and scored a 64. though i'm not thrilled about my score, i am happy i passed and want to thank the folks at javaranch, levteck, marcus green, maha anna, and bill brogden. i was scoring in the 70-85% range on the exam cram tests and marcus' mock exams.
i was pretty nervous going in, and the first 3 or 4 questions were pretty tough questions about threads, which kind of freaked me out. i had trouble recovering. also, the effects of the large iced tea i slurped down 15 minutes before the test did not do anything to help my concentration!
looking back, i wish i would have taken another few weeks to study - including doing more actual coding while studying, as many of you kind folks have suggested. and i wish i would have gotten a small iced tea.
ps - is it 'polite' for potential employers or co-workers to ask about the sjcp score? if so, is it 'polite' for me to change the subject?
Bryan Timmins
Ranch Hand

Joined: Mar 26, 2001
Posts: 48
Cathy,
I know it feels a little funny to score low on the exam but the point is really that you have the drive and have put in the effort to learn Java. Your "grade" will not impress coworkers and supervisors as much as raw determination and love of the language will, so don't sweat it. I passed with 71 today and am glad to see in black and white which areas I am weak in, for now I can hone those and expand on the objectives for the future.
Best,
Bryan


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cathy gregory
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 20, 2001
Posts: 11
brian - congratulations on passing the exam, and thanks so much for the encouraging words. you're right! after taking a 'mental health' day off, i'm going to dive back into threads and inner classes and keep learning more of this wonderful java language.
cathy
Dave Vick
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Joined: May 10, 2001
Posts: 3244
Cathy
Congrats on passing. It isn't the score that matters like Bryan said it is the fact you set out to pass it and you did!! sun decided that anyone who scores above a 61% is qualified to be considered a certified Java programmer and you exceded that mark - that's all that needs to be said!!
I think it would be considered tacky or not very appropriate for someone to ask you your score, it should be enough for them that you passed.

Dave
SCJP


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Thomas Paul
mister krabs
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Joined: May 05, 2000
Posts: 13974
I have been programming in java for 5 years and when I took the test last month I scored an 84%. It can be a hard test depending on the questions you get. Like you, I got a lot of thread questions right out of the chute. Didn't drink any iced tea, though.


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Tom Ben
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Joined: Aug 17, 2001
Posts: 109
CONGRATS on Passing!
Do not worry about your score. I passed last week with a 67 and felt the same as you but I say my weak areas and now trying to make them not so weak. Looking forward to many more Sun Certification Exams.
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Jane Griscti
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Joined: Aug 30, 2000
Posts: 3141
Congratulations Cathy
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cathy gregory
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 20, 2001
Posts: 11
thanks, everybody! i wish i would have stumbled into the big moose saloon earlier, like before i took the exam . . . there's a great group of people in here! but better late than never, right?
and good luck to everyone who is going to take the exam soon - wishing all a bright future as scjp's!
Michael Pearson
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Joined: Mar 11, 2001
Posts: 351
A passing score is a passing score. Congratulations on reaching your goal of passing the SCJP exam.
Desai Sandeep
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Joined: Apr 02, 2001
Posts: 1157
Congratulations Cathy
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Sandeep
Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform Scored 93%
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Muhammad Farooq
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Joined: May 08, 2001
Posts: 356
Congratulations Cathy.
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Ajith Kallambella
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Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Hearty Congratulations Cathy!
Best wishes
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cathy gregory
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 20, 2001
Posts: 11
thanks, everyone, for the good wishes! i just received a package from sun, with the certificate and pin, etc. it's so cool to be a SCJP! good luck to all who will be taking the exam soon.
cathy
Ashik Uzzaman
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Joined: Jul 05, 2001
Posts: 2370

Cathy, Congrats for passing....i m also waiting for that dream packet!
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shailesh sonavadekar
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 1874
congratulations & all the very best for the future.
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Asma Zafar
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Joined: May 11, 2001
Posts: 49
Congratulation !!!
Best of luck.

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