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Marc Wentink
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At 13.15 CET it starts. Well I had a reasonable night sleep, and I know the book quite good, but I had too little practice. Getting like 60-70% on a few mock exams, and only half a year of real 100% java experience on the job. But the exam was planned by my employer already. I will try to make the best of it, I think I must really make the best of it, since I would be on a level that would be just around the score that just just passes.

Michael Ku
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good luck. Let us know how you did
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Best of Luck!!

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Marc Wentink
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Ok I passed with 80%.

I don't know what it was with those mock exams I had a score of 60-70 in, but I think there are two reason why I did better at the real exam. First I think there were not that much sneaky 'does not compile' questions in the real exam, second I really concentrated more on the real exam not to make any stupid mistakes.

I did not expect to get an 80% score.
Mikalai Zaikin
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Congratulations !

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Michael Ku
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Congratulations. You should be very proud
Marc Wentink
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Yes, and the other reason why I am very happy is that I am changing jobs and the next job will involve C++ again, and Delphi too. So doing a preparation for a java exam while you're programming C++ and Delphi might be confusing. Better to get it now.

Any tips for the next step? I have some really checkered experience. In my latest jobs I have done, CORBA C++, JSP and ASP.NET. I am thinking on taking some webservices certification, since that has some link with that other middleware product I was involved in: Visibroker/CORBA. Or I could do the servlets/JSP exam, or I could skip to the microsoft side and do ASP.NET certifications.
Charandeep Singh
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Hey Marc Wentink

Congratulations that's great score
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Marc Wentink
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Here are my exact scores:

Declaration, Initialization and Scoping 100%
Flow Control 45%
API Contents 100%
Concurrency 100%
OO Concepts 100%
Collections & Generics 40%
Fundamentals 90%
srinivas marasu
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Congrtulations Marc!It's Really good score!

madhu v pe
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Can you tell us about your success in the exam?
since 4 months I am reading all the topics, still I am not confident on the topics. now I am planning to take mock exams.
everytime when I start taking mock exam, I found one or other topic which I am not familiar in.
Then I am starting reading of that topic.

Can you share your knowledge on my way of study?
Thanks in advance for your invaluable suggestions
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Congrats Marc!


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Marc Wentink
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Madhu, I can share how I studied but that is really not how you by definition should study. I may have a total different back ground.

But I read the book about twice, did not make the excercises, then made a summary of the book, then studied that summary, and then I made the about 200 different free mock exam questions on different websites, and as last I made the excercises in the book. I did not have time to do the master exam on the CD.

Reading the book twice, 800 pages or something would have cost me 80 hours. Making the summary another 40, then studying the summary and making the excercises I did in a two weeks holiday. In total it has cost me about 200 hours minimum.

Then my background probably is totally different then yours. I am not a java programmer. I did do some stuff with java, but for the last 15 years that I am working as a programmer I mainly did C++, and sometimes a smaller project in java. Only the last seven or eight months I am really 100% devoted to java. Hence understanding concurrency & threads for me was easier then knowing where yes or no to put a semicolon in the java language code and to choose that bleeding option does not compile.

I hope this helps, but I know my fellow java geeks here at work already studied in a total different manner.
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