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Frances Teng

Joined: Oct 29, 2001
Posts: 9
I took the Programmer test last Friday 10/26 and passed with 93%. I found this JavaRanch web page very helpful. The only Mock Exam I took (beside the ones in my books) are the Marcus green Exams.
I would like to recommend Complete Java 2 Certification by Simon Roberts, Philip Heller, and Michael Ernest. It might not be enough to just read this book, but it lays a very good foundations for a thorough, insightful understanding of the language. The official Java doc and the jdk are of course great resources of study. I like to write little test programs and let the compiler tell me what's acceptable what's not.
Hope all of you who's still after the Cert very good luck on you real exam.
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
Great Score Frances...It'd be great to hear your comments on the exam.
Manish Hatwalne
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Joined: Sep 22, 2001
Posts: 2578

Excellent score Frances,
Cograts!!! would love to know more exam and preparation tips from you.
- Manish
Fei Ng
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Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 1242
Cograts!!! Great score!!
Well done!!
best wishes...

Frances Teng

Joined: Oct 29, 2001
Posts: 9
I wonder how my last messaged is lost. Here it is again.
The test is easier then I expected. There is no ambiguous and misleading questions like a lot of the mock exams. Plus it tells you exactly how many answers to chose, even warn you when you try to chose more.
The are two questions related to Gridbag. One question for garbage collection asking when an object created in a function is eligible for collection. One question about Thread.join()and Thread.yield(). One question about the variable declaration in interfaces (int a = 0 is equivalent to which of the following: public int a = 0, and so on). There is one class with setX(), setY() and synchronized setXY() functions that set X and Y to the same, then ask you if run in multi-thread, when the result would be true for a check function that returns x != y. Some code that uses a non static member variable from the main() function when you might think the question is about String immutability. Some code that defines a base class and a extended class, when you think this is about inheritance it is indeed using private keyword to define the class. There is a type-in question asking for content of a string after the string is passed in a function that manipulates the string.
If you really know the basics of Java, the questions are not tricky at all.
Good luck.
Frances Teng

Joined: Oct 29, 2001
Posts: 9
There is questions asking how you get the source from a event, give you a couple of signature of getSource() to chose from. For the switch test, the code has default listed in between the cases with no break statement and ask for the result.
The java.util question is very fundamental, ask is you have a collection without dup, which collection interfaces you want to chose.
I got one IO question wrong. It asks how you test if a path is a directory using File class. I chosed isDir() when the right answer is isDirectory(). Another question is about how to append to an existing file when using FileOutputStream.
I thought I don't have good memmory, it is ammazing to find out I memmerized almost all the questions. I got to stop now.
Valentin Crettaz
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
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Very good job Frances

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leena rane
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Joined: Aug 13, 2001
Posts: 280
Hi Frances,
Congrats !!
Your score is same as mine
All the best for your future !!
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