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Constantin Ciornei

Joined: Aug 16, 2000
Posts: 5
Thank you javaRanch for help.
Thank you Ajith for you time (in my last thread).
Thank you Rule-RoundUp Game.
I don�t speak English very well�.
So, some tips for those like me.
Questions were very, very, very clear. There was no ambiguity. If I didn�t understand a question I tried to figure out what they were testing me. The 88% score is a result of my low Java knowledge, and not of my low English language. Unfortunately, I finished the test in 1h. and 42min. I checked only 19 questions. I corrected 2 absolutely simple questions. Incredible stupid mistakes. For this reason I think that the new test in 90 min. will be hard. I don�t understand why Sun does that. After all, if you don�t know the correct answers it doesn�t matter if you spend 1h. or 5h. in front of the computer in the testing center.
I agree with a new test with more questions or more difficult, but I disagree with less time. But�
1.Khalid,�.. (except string literals and may be threads.)
2.RHE, Brodgen for last month.
3.I couldn�t use JLS because of my English. Now I have all the time in the world�.
4.Mocks from Maha�s page. (Thank you Maha). But very few of them. Especially Jxam.Don�t try to keep the score. It will break down.
Every day, each day, at list one rule round-up. 10 questions were similar. But not only because of that. It really helps you to refresh your memory.
5.I kept the RHE test for my last day (86%!!!) I did this test only once 2 month ago.
Level of difficulty: medium.
Learning time: 5 month (aprox. 4-5h. per day)
Place: Toronto.
Thank you JavaRanch!
Constantin Ciornei

Joined: Aug 16, 2000
Posts: 5
Can somebody tell me, what is next?
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
I am really glad to know there were no vague questions. That helps a lot!!
What next?? A lot of people go for SCJD soon after finishing SCJP. SCJD requires you to know a lot more than SCJP. So you should probably start with studying the advanced concepts such as Swing, RMI, Serialization etc which are required to complete the SCJD project.
Good luck,

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Suresh Gouru

Joined: Oct 04, 2000
Posts: 22
congracts !!!
you did excellently i hope so.
actually the exam may be little bit toughbecause it is also
a language to uderstand the concepts ,i think.
any way congracts !.
every faced that situation ,now u have to face a another
situation i think so.
i also passed with great difficult.
i used to put my email for contact some time in the future
email :
suresh gouru (virgina)

Stephen Pride
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Joined: Sep 14, 2000
Posts: 121
I will take the test Oct. 20th, and I hope I do as well.
I did the RHE exam last night, and made an 87%. I have taken just about all the major mock exams, and have scored between 60-90%. With another two weeks to go, I am hoping to brush-up on some weak points (I/O, Event), and see how others have faired with the new exam.

Constantin Ciornei

Joined: Aug 16, 2000
Posts: 5
Hi everybody!
Stephen, 2 days before the test I was very close to cancel the exam because of some mocks. As I said already, use the mocks for learning and not for score.
In this site a lot of people said that MarcusGreen1,2,3 mocks are very close to real exam. The questions with code, yes I agree. But the questions with English sentences are far .....
I think sun worked hard to put the questions in simple words.
So, go and take the exam.
Thank you, Suresh!
Thank you Ajith!
Thank you JavaRanch!
Rahul Agarwal
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Joined: Sep 13, 2000
Posts: 52
u were a great help
i am also appearing shortly...
Stephen Pride
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Joined: Sep 14, 2000
Posts: 121
Thanks, Constantin, that is very good advise. On the Marcus exams, I got a 72, 75, and 82, but the main thing is that it was a learning tool. I noticed that the majority of the questions I missed wasn't because I didn't know the answer, it was I didn't read the question and/or answers. For instance, one question asked which keywords were illegal, and I read it as being which keywords were legal - along those lines.
Now I am trying to read/reread the question, assertain what it is asking, and read/understand each answer. The only problem now is the exam has been shortened, which limits the time for each question a little more.
I agree. Here's the link:
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