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Mamadou Touré
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Joined: Dec 27, 2007
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I was too carefull to validate my answers that I ran out of time. When time was up, I had almost 20 question unaswered, and I socred 58% ( I got 42 correct answers), but this won't discourage me at all (I trust the quotation of Nelson Mandela in the bottom of this message). So when will I be eligible to retake it ? (1 or 2 weeks)

SCJP 5 (76%)
SCWCD 5 (86%)
SCBCD 5(70%)
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in raising every time we fall.".. Nelson Mandela
Nabila Mohammad
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Joined: Nov 05, 2007
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Keep up with the High spirits..
And be the inspiration for others..

Good luck.

( I am not aware the time period for the reexamintaion )

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.Dream BIG!
Raphael Rabadan
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Joined: Jul 05, 2008
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1st, I have to congrats you because if you left 20 behind and still did this score, was not bad at all.

2nd, nice spirit, I'm glad to see ya like this.

3rd, it's 2 weeks so you can do again.

Sugestion: In these 2 weeks do a lot of mocks day by day so you can do the questions faster ;-)

Raphael Rabadan

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Mark Freeman
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Joined: Aug 02, 2006
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If you got 42 questions correct and failed to answer 20, you will kill it next time. Just remember to trust yourself and drive forward and get them all answered. You can always come back and review your answers (Careful on the drag and drop as it deletes your original answer when you check it). Don't get tied up into getting the highest score and focus on passing.
Phal Ach
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Joined: May 09, 2008
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After skipping 20 questions, if you scored 58%, then if you would have attempted all, you would have scored good. All the best for next time.
Mamadou Touré
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Thanks to you all guys for you support.

I've already rescheduled the test in 2 weeks. As we say in french : "tant qu'il y a vie, y a espoir" ie "As long as we're alive, there is hope"
I'll rest for 2 days before going again through the K&B books.
venu surampudi

Joined: Jan 03, 2008
Posts: 16
I admire people who accept failure. good luck for the 2nd attempt, i think you will nail it.

If you wanna be cocky you better be kobe !
Ralph Jaus
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Joined: Apr 27, 2008
Posts: 342
Good luck, Mamadou.

SCJP 5 (98%) - SCBCD 5 (98%)
Keith Nagle
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Joined: May 06, 2008
Posts: 65
If you realize that every failure can be a success
you will be fine. Keep the chin up and you will breeze it next
time. I wish you the best for your next attempt.
Best regards

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Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8886
Thanks for your post Mamadou!

My bet is that you'll do great next time!


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Deepak Bala

Joined: Feb 24, 2006
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tant qu'il y a vie, y a espoir

Great spirit Mamadou. Keep trying. I am sure that you will crack it the next time. More practice will help you get there. Good luck

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Jesper de Jong
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Better luck next time!

I'm moving this to the Sun Certification Results forum.

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Joe Harry
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Joined: Sep 26, 2006
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You should be brave.

Good luck next time.

I'm sure you will do great in your SCJP next time.

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Antonio Tercero
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Joined: Jun 05, 2008
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I think you should read all the questions before starting the exam and mark those that are easier for you. Then try to answer them first(for example, drag and drop questions are easy) and leave the most difficult questions for later.

That's the way I answer the questions: If you try to answer one difficult question, you can waste a lot of time, you get nervous, etc ...

Good luck!! I'm sure you will pass the exam

Antonio Tercero
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Joined: Jun 05, 2008
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One more thing: in my last post, the strategy I described is based on advices taken from the book "SCJP study guide by Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra".
I don't know if I'm allowed to put that because it's taken directly from the Introduction the chapter of book.
They say: "A good strategy for taking the exam is to go through once and answer all the questions that come to you quickly. You can then go back and do the others. Answering one question might jog your memory for how to answer a previous one."

You should read this chapter: I think there are useful advices for taking the exam.
burak cetin

Joined: Jul 09, 2008
Posts: 3
just visit the mock tests page in this website. solve the ones marked as scjp1.5 at least twice rather than reading the book again. also try to do the assessment test on sun's website.
i think this time you will pass with a really good grade.
good luck

Biju Gopinathan
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Joined: Mar 27, 2006
Posts: 35
Hi Mamadou

Great Sprit

Good Luck for your next try

Alebald Baldino
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Joined: May 16, 2008
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Introduction the chapter of book.
They say: "A good strategy for taking the exam is to go through once and answer all the questions that come to you quickly. You can then go back and do the others. Answering one question might jog your memory for how to answer a previous one."

Thank God I followed this strategy without reading this in K&B . In my Exam in was also running out of time and had left only 1 hr. for 40 question. Then i was like jumping over the question which i did not undertand in first 10 seconds. and in the end i was left around 10 questions. but luckily i got 49 corrects out 60 attempted.
Next time i will make it sure that not to leave introduction chapter.

Mamdou All the very very best. My personal suggestion for you is don't tied up in big score but get good concepts. My boss knows that i am not bad in java so he never minded when i got only 45% score in Java fundamental section.
Marcus Sanchez

Joined: Oct 31, 2007
Posts: 21
Try to make one pass to all the question in the exam just answering the ones you are completly sure then mark the tricky ones and check them when you finish the first round that would help you a lot.

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Al McGreavy

Joined: Sep 29, 2006
Posts: 5

I too failed first time..........and I passed second time!

Best of luck.
Cinthia Bahena

Joined: Jul 19, 2008
Posts: 5
Hi!! I think all the things happen for something, and you'll do better next time, go ahead!!

Good Luck!!
Arijit Daripa
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Joined: Aug 09, 2008
Posts: 142
Failure gives us strength. Without knowing what sorrow is how can you enjoy happiness.
Sachin Tendulker started with 0 beside his name, Rahul Dravid started with <10 (or <5) for first few innings; and mind it, some(may be Vikram) Rathod, entered in with Dravid, scored few 50s; can you recall,certainly, his name. And do you know Sourav Ganguly was dropped for few years after his first appearence.

My all the good wishes to you

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