Hi guys, Very pleased with this , took the exam this morning after lots of studying and mock-exams. Have about 10 months Java experience, with many years behind me of VB, SQL Server and Web technologies.
Would like to extend a thank-you to all the helpful people on the ranch, and particularly to Marcus Green and Dan Chisolm, whose mock exams helped me so much to get ship-shape. Also to Mughal and Rasmussen, whose excellent book was the main focus for my studying.
A quick question - I cannot get on to certmanager at the moment, am I right to leave it a few days before trying this ?
Well, started reading the Mughal / Rasmussen book late least year, probably October time. Went thru all the chapters and tests one-at-a-time, and then started going over the bits I thought I was weak on.
Started looking for (and doing) Mock exams. Was getting reasonable (but not brilliant) scores, so used these again to focus my efforts on bits that I wasn't too strong on. Finally booked the exam in late December for Jan 22nd (giving myself a defined deadline) and began to ramp up the studying a bit.
Found the Dan Chisolm mocks around this time, and came in for a shock ! These are very difficult, but great for finding out what you don't know. Realised I had to read questions very carefully.
The day of the exam - I had taken 3 mocks the day before and done pretty well (including a Dan Chisolm) so I was hopeful of a pass. The exam itself was pretty smooth, you get to fill out an on-line questionaire where you have to describe your Java abilities. Then you hit an agreement page, and this is a bit of a shock because it's like a software license agreement but the 2-hour clock has started ticking.
Going thru the exam there were a few tricky questions at the beginning that I didn't feel comfortable with, but I made sure I marked them to return to them (did not dwell too long). Kept an eye on the clock, but did not rush anything. Finished with about 15 minutes left, and went back to my marked questions. One of them I changed for the better.
At the end I wasn't presented with a mark, which I found a bit odd. My score was printed off on Prometric-stamped paper, and I had to find a button to display the marks for each section on-screen. Wow - what a pleasant surprise! I thought I'd done OK, but that was real icing on the cake.
During the exam you are videotaped (for obvious reasons) and I had to hand over my phone and glasses case. All in all, a very thorough and professional experience.
I really rate the Mughal / Rasmussen book, goes into a lot of details giving you excellent grounding, I think.
Hope that is of interest... My advice - study hard, do lots of mock exams (especially Dan Chisolm ones), write your own code. Think carefully. [ January 24, 2005: Message edited by: Paul Phillip-s ]