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I had just enough brain cells left!!!

Jon Huhtala

Joined: Apr 10, 2002
Posts: 17
I made it on the first try with 83%, but I'm getting too old for this. I'll be 55 tomorrow. Does the saloon give senior citizen discounts?
I've been teaching Java at Ferris State University for 3 years and have been programming for 36 years. All that hexadecimal work as an IBM Systems Programmer helped a LOT. So did helping countless students debug their code.
The practice tests that best predicted my score were the bonus tests in RHE. My last two were 84%. I was 70% on a quick pass through Marcus Green's test. On Valentin's I only had time for about 1/4 of it but scored 81% on the part I tried (bit manipulation is my strong suit).
My biggest problem on the REAL test was nerves. I give a lot of tests but haven't taken one for years (make that decades). The screen was small but I tiled the windows to compensate. Also, I nearly choked on the first question (something about instantiating an inner class). Nerves! I marked it, went on to the next question and came back when I settled down.
Time was not a factor but always in the back of my mind. I worked more slowly on the REAL test due to paranoia.
Thanks to everyone at java ranch and YEEEEHAAAA!
[ April 11, 2002: Message edited by: Jon Huhtala ]

- Jon Huhtala, SCPJ2<p> "Nothing worthwhile is ever easy..."
Rob Ross

Joined: Jan 07, 2002
Posts: 2205
Congratulations Jon!

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swapna sivaraju
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Joined: Jan 18, 2002
Posts: 75
Congrats Jon!!!
Guy Allard
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Joined: Nov 24, 2000
Posts: 776
Cool dude! I thought I was old (52) when I did it.
Your sysprog stuff: MVS, VM, or VSE?
Regards, Guy
Manish Hatwalne
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Joined: Sep 22, 2001
Posts: 2583

programming for 36 years!!!
Congrats on your success Wish you all the best for future.
- Manish
Valentin Crettaz
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
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Good job Jon

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Raghav Mathur
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Joined: Jan 12, 2001
Posts: 641
well done jon and congratulations on turning 55 . Belated happy birthday !

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