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passed the test with 93%


Joined: Jul 03, 2000
Posts: 27
As someone posted earlier, JavaRanch is a more edifying experience than the certification itself. Thanks for all those who keep contributing to the discussion forum.
I started studying Java about 2 months ago. About one and a half month ago I decided to go for Programmer Certification exam. I started learning java from Sun's tutorial at About a month ago I bought RHE's certification book. From certification point of view, RHE is a really good book. i don't know about other books as I haven't bought them.
When I started learning java, I used to read small tutorials from many online java sites to get my fundamentals right. The older posts at javaranch forum have taught me a lot of java language intricacies (I started from the last posts thinking that i wud read all the questions but i could read only 4 pages). Once again thanks to all the knowledgeable people who have been posting to this forum.
I've been working in software programming field for three years. I've been working in 4GL programming and SQL. I don't have any background in C++ or Java. However i was taught C at college :-)
About the was fairly easy. In some of the earlier posts, people who took the test have written that they got questions on Socket and media tracker. I also got such questions but they were more to do with the fundamentals mentioned in the objectives rather than socket/media tracker core concepts. Almost all the questions were clearly worded (I think I got a tricky question but i wouldn't want to discuss about it). the bottom line is that if you know your Java, you are bound to clear the test.
I suggest test takers not to spend too much time trying to prepare for the exam. Once you attain a considerable level of confidence, go for the exam. This way you can focus on learning advanced topics in Java sooner than later.
I took 5 mock tests. First four tests i never revised my answers but in the last test I put my laziness behind and revised all the questions before scoring. Surprisingly I changed 5 answers to correct ones. So, reviewing your answers is very important.
(BTW, I never got more than 90% in mock tests)
Hope this information is useful.
Satish Kumar

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Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations Satish. That's a score. Hope to see you around.

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Stephen Beausang

Joined: Jul 11, 2000
Posts: 6
Congratulations Sat...your advice is very helpful and encouraging
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
Congrulations Sat..that is a great score ...My test is tommorrow 19th of july......
Any suggestion for the last mintute I only have 22 hours(may be 8-10 hours for study..)

Joined: Jul 03, 2000
Posts: 27
Thank you all for the wishes.
I don't know what to suggest as it depends on the individual who is going to take the test. Let me tell you what i did the day before my test. I just reviewed RHE. I skimmed through each page looking for concepts i marked earlier. Also, I took a mock test.
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
Thanks a lot Satish ...Hope I will also post a message tommoorrw as "Passed with 'some good' score"...
Khalid Bou-Rabee
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Joined: Jul 12, 2000
Posts: 54
I spent the 4 hours before the test running a few miles to the testing center just to discover that it's the wrong center.
I eventually found the right center, thanks to the nice lady at the wrong test center
About the exam: Don't stress over it. The real exam is well thought out and has no traps or ambiguities. One last word of advise: review constructors for classes in the java.util!
Good luck,
[This message has been edited by Khalid Bou-Rabee (edited July 18, 2000).]

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