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Top of the world with 94%

Angela Narain
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Joined: Apr 14, 2001
Posts: 327
Hi All,
Well i could not believe my percentage at the first look, though i had been getting around 71-85% or so in most of the mock exams, this was the grand finale !!! Really made my day .
Before proceeding with telling you all my experiences, i would like to thank with full heart everyone
at JAVA RANCH...Excellent site and excellent help. Thanks to all the fellow ranchers for being always there to answer my posts, no matter tough or easy..It's bit hard to remember names in particular but yes would like to thanks Swati Bannore, Ms. Padhwa,Gouqio Sun , Ashik Uzzman, Valentin Crettaz and specially Gagan Indus for his extensive help on threads, really helped with clearing the concepts and above all Jane Gristi....Thanks a lot Jane.
About the exam, i got 56 out of 59 correct . Got lots of questions on basic concepts and fundamentals. About 5-7 questions on threads, which were sort of okay, can't believe scored 100% in threads !
Missed out on overloading/overriding stuff ..Also got two-three fill-in type questions on String,
but managed to answer them without quotes( "") , correctly.
Infact i tried out one of the answers with quotes and another
one without quotes, but both were correct !! So you can very well figure out what i am trying to say..
What i refered was a lots of material , starting with only one book that is "A Programmer's Guide to
Java Certification " by Khalid Azim Mughal and Rolf Rasmussen. Excellent book
Also referred to Jane Gristi's notes ( Very good ) , notes by Velmurugan( good for some last minute revision ), Marcus Green's Notes ( gives a good comparison related to VB and C++ and things in Java, so , that is nice) and ofcourse do download the Jdk API for refer to it for any clarification
on classes and methods.
No , i did not refer to JLS in very much details, but yes i managed to try out
all the examples and their explanation from it. If you get time according to me u should go through the JLS only after preliminary reading of the certification book whichover you go for.
Reading all concepts and understanding them is just one part of the job , next thing is trying out all the read stuff by working out small examples, and any doubt you have,( just try it out, if not able to , your fellow Java ranchers can always work a way out..Right !)
Another IMPORTANT is , trying out as many MOCK exams available on the net, either freeware or if you plan to buy one, go for JQPlus . I used it and believe me it will definitely help you
with getting lots of concepts that you read more clearer ...
My plan of study, included giving about 4 hours per day, giving out mock
exam every alternate day, so that you caan keep in-between day for practising and revising over and
making sure you don't repeat your mistakes.
Ofcourse the last month , or can say last three weeks, i worked
on giving Marcus Tests ( all the three of them ) and scoring around 85% in all of them.
Also gave the "Random Test" and "Tough" and "Very Tough" exams from JQPlus.
And finally regularly visiting this wonderful site for any damn query that i had,
Never disappointed me...
What next...planning to go for the Developer's exam soon.
Regards
Angela

Dave Vick
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Joined: May 10, 2001
Posts: 3244
Angela
Thats great!!! And an excellent score too! I knew you were going to do well when you took the test because someof the questions you posted were very good, and you've been helping a lot of other people too.
I'm very pleased to hear that you did so well.
Now that you've passed though, you're not allowed to be a stranger to the ranch

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Dave
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Dave
Manish Hatwalne
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Joined: Sep 22, 2001
Posts: 2578

Exxxxxxxxxxxxxxxcellent Angela,
Wow, cool score
100% in threads is too good as well.
Congrats and pls. hang around in the study group to help us.
Waiting for more tips from you on IO, Threads and AWT.
- Manish
Ashik Uzzaman
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Joined: Jul 05, 2001
Posts: 2370

Hi Angela, congrats 4 the flying colors! Yah, u deserved it...
Now what's ur next plan....a leisure 4 some days worked very well 4 me....

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ersin eser
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Joined: Feb 22, 2001
Posts: 1072
Congrats, great score !
ersin
Jim Petersen
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Joined: Jul 24, 2001
Posts: 241
Hi Angela
Your dedication as evidenced by your posts serves as great motivation to those still with our training wheels on (ie me!...
Hopefully I'll get their soon... work is getting in the way at the moment ... )
Great result and well deserved!
All the best - Jim


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Valentin Crettaz
Gold Digger
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
Posts: 7610
Good job Angela,
you deserved it...

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Gagan Indus
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Joined: Feb 28, 2001
Posts: 346
Congratssssssssssssssssss Angelaaa !!
reaaalll nice score
u deserve it ,
seeing at the depth-of-ur posts at ranch , i 'am jus be lill surprise , how d u lost some marks anyway ?
nice job done
Very Good luck for SCJD !
(BTW , haven't u got ne plans about SCWCD ?)
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peter parker
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Joined: Jul 11, 2001
Posts: 69
Hey Angela,
Congrats on a great score, what mock exams do you think are most
similar to the real exam ?
-PP
Anonymous
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
Congrats Angela! This is not a surprise. Knew you'd do well anyway.
Good Luck
Shyam
Paul Anilprem
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Congratulations, Angela! Please consider posting your score here also: http://www.jdiscuss.com/Enthuse/jsp/ViewAllResults.jsp
This will help other aspirants judje their level of preperation.
-Paul.
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Angela Narain
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Joined: Apr 14, 2001
Posts: 327
Thanks a lot Dave Vick,Manish Hatwalne ,Ashik uzzaman ,ersin eser
Jim Petersen( All the Best , Jim )
,Valentin Crettaz ,Gagan Indus ,peter parker
Shyamsundar Gururaj and Paul Anil.
Thank you all for showing your confidence in me. I will definitely
hang around this site for the time to come. Yeah though i thought
of taking a four days break Ashik, i am back in my office !!!
About I/O and java.util. you should be thorough with all the constructors
What i used to do , every alternate morning take about 1 hr and write down all the known constructors and methods for java.io or java.util packages. Initially you can look into the book, the next day try notting down without looking into it. But do make it a POINT to WRITE down.
Also you can do the same thing for java.lang package classes, specifically methods of String, String Buffer and Math. More of memory retention sort of thing. But do this exercise for some time, definitely helps.
Also parameter passing between methods specifically for string and
stringbuffers should be clear. ( Well though i think i lost out
one question on it ). The like-a, has-a type relationships should
be also clear.
Regarding the mock exams i took, i referred to an extensive
listing of all the available mock exams at the below site. http://www.geocities.com/nityananda_mukherjee
You can refer to Maha Anna's page on this site, gives a very
good listing of all the mock exams, around 44 or something.
Try out all possible mock exams. Ofcourse leave out Marcus test for the last three weeks.
Do work out the mistakes from all the past exams, try out giving exam
on alternate day maybe, so that in between you can correct and work
around the problems.

Also as i mentioned acc. to me JQPlus is good enough, very
good coverage of all the concepts , good explanation. ( In case
you plan to purchase you can go for this one.). The level of questions
ofcourse is quite close to the real one. So go ahead with it Peter ..
If possible refer to maybe just one book, the JLS, the JDK API.
and some good mock test engine.
Hope all this can help all those aspiring for the exam.
Thanks once again.
Angela
SCJP2 ( Great feeling to write this at the end !! )
Padmaja Balaji
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Joined: Jun 13, 2001
Posts: 122
Dear Angela,
A score so near to century yet a dear one. Excellent Performance. CONGRATS AND ALL THE VERY BEST FOR YOUR FUTURE.
Padmaja
Angela Narain
Ranch Hand

Joined: Apr 14, 2001
Posts: 327
Thanks a lot Padmaja Balaji. Yeah i am more than satisfied with this score. All the best to you too.
Angela

Gaja Venkat
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Joined: Aug 10, 2001
Posts: 50
Congrats, Angela!! The questions posted by you did indicate that you would come up with high score!
Best Wishes,
Gaja Venkat
Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform
suma krishnan
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 19, 2001
Posts: 42
Congratz Angela Narin Great Score!

string quetion you got fill in the blanks,like
what type,i am little week on that part.don't post question.
but similar example i need for practice purpose or is it easy
to answer that question in that case i would manage.Tell me your
experience.
Suma
Angela Narain
Ranch Hand

Joined: Apr 14, 2001
Posts: 327
Thanks Gaja Venkat & suma krishnan
Suma, the questions that i got on fill-in type were more related
to concate one or more strings combined with parameter passing.
One of them was related to exception handling .
ashok khetan
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jul 29, 2001
Posts: 153
congrats Angela!! nice score! YOU deserve it!!
wish u all the best for ur future endeavours!!
ashok
Jane Griscti
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Joined: Aug 30, 2000
Posts: 3141
Congratulations Angela, excellent score and well deserved
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Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform


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swati bannore
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 18, 2000
Posts: 201
CONGRATS ANGELA..........I was waiting for this one since long...!
I am really very busy at work so do not visit ranch regularly..today when I logged0in I got this wonderful news...3 Cheers to YOU..
Best Wishes,
swati


Swati Kale
SCJP
SCWCD
Roopa Bagur
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Joined: Nov 03, 2000
Posts: 267
Congratulations ... great score..
Originally posted by Angela Narain:
Hi All,
Well i could not believe my percentage at the first look, though i had been getting around 71-85% or so in most of the mock exams, this was the grand finale !!! Really made my day .
Before proceeding with telling you all my experiences, i would like to thank with full heart everyone
at JAVA RANCH...Excellent site and excellent help. Thanks to all the fellow ranchers for being always there to answer my posts, no matter tough or easy..It's bit hard to remember names in particular but yes would like to thanks Swati Bannore, Ms. Padhwa,Gouqio Sun , Ashik Uzzman, Valentin Crettaz and specially Gagan Indus for his extensive help on threads, really helped with clearing the concepts and above all Jane Gristi....Thanks a lot Jane.
About the exam, i got 56 out of 59 correct . Got lots of questions on basic concepts and fundamentals. About 5-7 questions on threads, which were sort of okay, can't believe scored 100% in threads !
Missed out on overloading/overriding stuff ..Also got two-three fill-in type questions on String,
but managed to answer them without quotes( "") , correctly.
Infact i tried out one of the answers with quotes and another
one without quotes, but both were correct !! So you can very well figure out what i am trying to say..
What i refered was a lots of material , starting with only one book that is "A Programmer's Guide to
Java Certification " by Khalid Azim Mughal and Rolf Rasmussen. Excellent book
Also referred to Jane Gristi's notes ( Very good ) , notes by Velmurugan( good for some last minute revision ), Marcus Green's Notes ( gives a good comparison related to VB and C++ and things in Java, so , that is nice) and ofcourse do download the Jdk API for refer to it for any clarification
on classes and methods.
No , i did not refer to JLS in very much details, but yes i managed to try out
all the examples and their explanation from it. If you get time according to me u should go through the JLS only after preliminary reading of the certification book whichover you go for.
Reading all concepts and understanding them is just one part of the job , next thing is trying out all the read stuff by working out small examples, and any doubt you have,( just try it out, if not able to , your fellow Java ranchers can always work a way out..Right !)
Another IMPORTANT is , trying out as many MOCK exams available on the net, either freeware or if you plan to buy one, go for JQPlus . I used it and believe me it will definitely help you
with getting lots of concepts that you read more clearer ...
My plan of study, included giving about 4 hours per day, giving out mock
exam every alternate day, so that you caan keep in-between day for practising and revising over and
making sure you don't repeat your mistakes.
Ofcourse the last month , or can say last three weeks, i worked
on giving Marcus Tests ( all the three of them ) and scoring around 85% in all of them.
Also gave the "Random Test" and "Tough" and "Very Tough" exams from JQPlus.
And finally regularly visiting this wonderful site for any damn query that i had,
Never disappointed me...
What next...planning to go for the Developer's exam soon.
Regards
Angela

Angela Narain
Ranch Hand

Joined: Apr 14, 2001
Posts: 327
Thanks a lot Ashok khetan , swati bannore and Roopa Bagur.
A special thanks to you ,Jane for always being there
to answer my queries.

Regards
Angela
Angela Narain
Ranch Hand

Joined: Apr 14, 2001
Posts: 327
Originally posted by Shyamsundar Gururaj:
Congrats Angela! This is not a surprise. Knew you'd do well anyway.
Good Luck
Shyam

Marcus Green
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Joined: Sep 14, 1999
Posts: 2813
Congratulations Angela.
Marcus
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Angela Narain
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Thanks Marcus.I really enjoyed going through your notes and giving the mock exams. They were indeed very helpful. I hope u come up with more mock exams in the near future.
Regards,
Angela
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Congratulations Angela
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