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Passed SCJP2 1.4 81% - thoughts

Donna Feller
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Joined: Jan 25, 2003
Posts: 22
I went in with a target score of 80% and got 81%.
I didn't want to spend another month or even
week of studying, just wanted to get a score
that I would not be ashamed to report in an
interview if asked...my feeling was that to
significantly improve my score would have taken
a LOT more studying and I am trying to get as
many certs as I can before my unemployment
runs out!!
Having said that, I don't think the questions
were all that tricky. The ones I missed were
ones where I really wasn't sure whether it worked
"this-way" or "that-way" and, as I am apt to do,
guessed wrong. I got 100% in four areas, and
62% in 3!!! I think that demonstrates that it
was more my lack of understanding on a subtlety
that lowered my score rather than inherent
tricky nature of the exam.
My best advice for approaching the exam is:
1) USE THE SIERRA/BATES BOOK AND SAMPLE EXAMS!
Exams very accurately caught the nature of the
exam (my scores on those were 80 and 84) and
book really zeroes in on what you need to know to
pass the exam. In fact, I believe if you
understand everything in the "two minute drills"
then you can't help but at least PASS the exam.
2) For my own learning style/personality, I wish
that I had done Dan's mock exams earlier in the
game. I saved them for the last day, and found
myself getting into a mild state of panic!!
They were very good, but if I had done them
earlier, would have better reinforced the
material and also not scared the willies out
of me. I will also say that if you want to
get 90+ on the exam, then you DEFINITELY should
do some of his mocks.
3) Rules Roundup is a great drill and you should
definitely score 90+ on this one.
4) Go through all the questions on a first pass
first. My brain froze when I hit the first
question I wasn't sure about, and I got a
burst of confidence when I skipped it and
found there were many others I just "knew".
You also need to pace yourself, since there
is only an average of 2 minutes per question.
Anyway, I'm done with this one. Now on to the
SCWCD!!!
Thanks so much to all of you ranchers for
the support! I love this site!!
Donna
Bert Bates
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8803
    
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Donna -
Congratulations !!
We're very happy that our book helped, and your info seems to confirm what we think about the real exam vs. our mocks vs. Dan's mocks.
-Bert and Kathy


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Dan Chisholm
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Joined: Jul 02, 2002
Posts: 1865
Congratulations Donna!
I completely agree with your suggested use of my exam. It is most valuable during the early phases of the study process when you are trying to learn and memorize the material covered in the real exam. To make it easier to use my exam early in the study process my site offers two sets of single topic exams. One set is organized based on the Sun exam objectives and the other set is organized based on the table of contents of Mughal's book. With the exception of assertions, the questions contained in both exam sets are the same. The comprehensive exam set also contains the same questions but the questions marked "optional" have been left out.
Later in the study process it is better to use a mock exam that contains questions that are designed to be more similiar to the format found on the real exam. The exams found in Kathy and Bert's book are a great choice.


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Sridhar Srikanthan
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Joined: Jan 08, 2003
Posts: 366
Congrats Donna
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Ruff Young
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Joined: Sep 26, 2002
Posts: 513
Congratulations!


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Ajith Kallambella
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Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations and good luck with your future endeavours! And thank you so much for sharing your experience and thoughts.


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