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I passed scjp with 95%

Damien Howard
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I passed today.
Thanks everyone on javaranch who helped me out with some of the more difficult points as well as some not so difficult points that I was just slow to pick up
I used K&B's book. That is really all you need to get through this exam. Marcus Green's mock was really useful also (specifically the 1.4 version). Dan's exams helped too, but they were much harder than the real exam.
There was one fill in the blank on my exam, but nothing to worry about.
Well thanks everyone.
Andres Gonzalez
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You did it man!!! great score!!! I'm taking it in two weeks time.. any advise? what should I re-study?


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Andres Gonzalez
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hmm.. does Marcus Green have a 1.4 version? could you provide me the link please?
thanks
Paul Anilprem
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Congratulations, Damien! Please do post your mock exam scores on http://jdiscuss.com


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Damien Howard
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Andres: Here is the link to Marcus Green's 1.4 exam. http://www.examulator.com/jezam/login.jsp
It was one of the more helpful mocks.
If you have K&B's book, then the two mocks that came with the book plus the above mentioned one covers what you need to know.
Yesterday, I did every question from K&B's book over again, and I think that was the perfect way to wind down studying.
I can't think of any particular topic you should concentrate on. But I will say this. None of my mock exams came any where close to the score I got on the real exam, so if your getting passing scores on the mocks then you should be fine.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Paul: I didn't take any of the mocks from the jdiscuss site.
Andres Gonzalez
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thanks damien. I've only done one of the KnB master exam test (scored 80%, leaving the second for next week) marcus green 1 (83%), marcus green 2 (73%), and leaving the third one for the last week .
What do you reckon?
Damien Howard
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You will definitely pass with those scores, I did worse on the mocks.
Marcus Green exams have too much from 1.2 though. The one that I posted the link for is a good one. It is also Marcus Green exam I think.
Bert Bates
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Damien -
Congratulations! Excellent, excellent score!
I have a question. You said you didn't do as well on our mocks as on the real exam. Can you tell us a little more about how the two exams compared, where you found them to be a good match and where you found them to be different?
Thanks!
-Bert


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Damien Howard
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Hi Bert, great book.
I think part of the reason I didn't do as well on your mocks is because I was still getting caught up on tricky questions. Even when I redid all the questions in your book I still got caught up on a couple, but by the time I took the real exam I had seen those tricks so many times that I no longer was fooled by them. So all in all they were pretty accurate mock exams content wise, but as you have read in other posts, they were not an accurate representation setup and time wise. However, it wasn't really a problem for me, it probably helped me work faster. I had 40+ minutes left when I finished the exam.
One thing that would have been nice is if your book had some more examples as to when to use which collection class. You had all the important info, which was good, but sometimes a person still needs a few examples. Marcus Green had one in his mock exam and I found that to be really helpful.
I think that covers it. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. I owe you and Kathy for putting out such a good book.
Do you know of any good c++ forum sites? Or any good c++ books for beginners? As much fun as Java is, I think c++ is going to be more useful for Grad school.
Alexandre Ferras
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Do you know of any good c++ forum sites? Or any good c++ books for beginners? As much fun as Java is, I think c++ is going to be more useful for Grad school.

Try Thinking in C++ by Bruce Eckel. This is the electronic version of the book:
http://mindview.net/Books/TICPP/ThinkingInCPP2e.html


Time is an excellent teacher; but eventually it kills all its students. <br /> <br />Alexandre Mottin Ferras<br />SCJP 1.5 <br />SCJP 1.4<br />SCWCD 1.3<br />SCBCD<br />IBM Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with UML
Tong Chen
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congratulations to you!


Tong Chen (Seattle USA)<br />SCJP,SCWCD,SCDJWS,IBM XML,MCP.NET,MCAD.NET,MCSD.NET
Francis Siu
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Well done


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Alex Radomski
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Congratulations Damien!
Very, Very good score
Bert Bates
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Damien -
Thanks for the feedback - we will add your collections feedback to our list for the next printing. We are trying to get better exam simulator software for the mocks - it's more of a bureaucratic issue than anything else at this point. We'll let everyone know when that's really going to happen.
- Bert
 
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