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pete hesse
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I PASSED!!! (insert Smilie for expression of triumph - we need one!)
Got a score of 79% & I'm so happy I could run thru a pasture full o' cow chips & I'd still have this grin on my face!
A hearty Muchas Gracias to all you Greenhorns, Ranchhands, Cowpokes, Bartenders, Rednecks, Sheriffs, etc. for your help.
And a special thank you to E.Mac for your kind words of support & encouragement.
Javaranch rules!
bill bozeman
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Vivek Nambiar
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Thats great
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
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Congratulations Pete!....
Best wishes,

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Aru Ven
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Joined: Sep 28, 2000
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Congrats Pete....

Joined: Oct 12, 2000
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can yu get us with some more details about the exams, I mean the level of difficulty, wrt the mocks......
pete hesse
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Thanks all, I appreciate the kudos.
Rupesh - I didn't think the exam was harder than most of the mocks I took, except for Booth's (?) hardest questions exam. There was no borderline survey, but there WAS a screen of about 4 paragraphs with checkboxes, asking for approval to share my info with Sun partners, etc. This would have been ok, except that THE CLOCK STARTED RUNNING! Granted it only took a few seconds to read & respond to each (they were all checked by default), but to a slowpoke like me, every second is precious.
It was heavy on threads and Overriding/Overloading. I didn't do very well on threads, mainly because I ran out of time. I finished the questions with about 5 minutes to spare, which I used to answer questions I skipped without answering. If there's one lesson I could pass on to others, it would be to concentrate on the questions for topics you are solid on FIRST. Don't spend too much time on any one question. Save it for later on. I scored 100% on 5 of the sections by doing this.
I didn't care for the exam delivery method. Many questions instruct you to view the "exhibit" screen for the code, then come back to the main screen to answer the question, which was tedious and time consuming. They give you an option to tile the exhibit and the answer screens, but this doesn't help much (scrolling!). I would have preferred paper for the exhibits.
More answer choices are now given, but they now tell you how many answers to choose for multi-answer questions.
Hope this helps!
Surya Bahadur
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Hi pete hesse
Congrats and all the best for your future java endeavors.
Bratt Locke

Joined: Oct 09, 2000
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Great job!
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