Not a great score, but I really thought I'd have wasted the 176.25 pounds for the test voucher plus the 21.77 pounds for K&B's book and the five days annual leave and a lot of other leisure time because I only had a week to prepare before the test and I couldn't help making time for Heroes/Stargate Atlantis/Smallville/Desperate Housewives..., Monopoly and Digg (I'm bad, I know).
I bought the book in March 2006 and managed to finish reading the first five or six chapters in half a year (not very productive and I should have been more committed than I was).
Then I bought the voucher in September 2006 and planned to finish the book and take the test in two or three months.
Then after finishing the first nine chapters in another two months a lot of things happened and I had to give up preparing the test untill ... a week ago.
I booked the test date and left work to have my annual leave.
I went though the first three chapters again which took me four days and realized there wouldn't be enough time to do the same for the rest of the book. Phoned the test centre trying a reschedule and was told not possible since the voucher was about to expire. So from the fourth chapter I only read the two-minute drills and the Self-tests, then selected topics that I had difficulties completing the corresponding questions of.
I only finished the last chapter this morning and had two hours or so left to review everything I marked as important in the book. Then I left for the test centre.
I got a cold and didn't feel very well imagining the not-passing-scenario. During the test my left foot touched (I swear I didn't kick it) the computer case, so my screen went dark. I panicked, tried to find somebody for help but nobody was there and I really doubted anybody there could help anyway. I calmed myself down and decided to give it a try myself and found out the VGA cable dropped off.
Getting back to the test I finished all the questions still having 20 minutes left. I went back to review my answers and made some changes. Then 10 minutes left and there were still about ten questions that I couldn't be sure of. But I felt I couldn't stand it anymore especially I needed to go to the toilet so I ended the test and went out to get the report. I was very glad that I passed it, indeed.
This book, Sun Certified Programmer for Java 5 Study Guide, is simply great.
I never used anything esle but this book and Java API specs (I wanted to. I got mock tests but didn't have time to do them). This book alone helped me to pass the test and get to know so much more about Java. I have been using Java for three years but as the book said I quote "experience alone will rarely get you through the exam with a passing mark."
Again, a million thanks to the authors for their great book! [ October 29, 2007: Message edited by: Bing Qiao ]