Hello E'body I've been a passive participant of the Ranch for the last two and half months, ever since I decided to do the Certification. I wanted to participate as much as the others here, but didn't have the time. With a full time job and only lunch hours and the evenings to spare in 2 months, I was just imbibing all that you guys here have been posting. A BIG THANK U for all contributors at the Ranch. I thought I had to be content with the 86% that I scored. It is neither too easy nor too hard. Hard work will definitely earn you a good score. No long questions, all were about 10 lines average, 3-4 Threads, 4-5 IO constructor type questions, 3-4 string/buffer, at least 6-7 on fundamentals, 1-2 Exception handling, 3-4 Arrays, 3-4 Inheritance, 2-3 AWT as far as I can remember. I noticed that questions were coming in order of the Topics for the certification. Only 1 simple question on GridBag which I probably didnt get right. scored poorly in AWT package(25%)- which i expected and java.lang(50%)- which i didnt. I was hard pressed for time and I just had to do it. For people like me, my advise is concentrate on 2 great books, RHE and KHALID & RASMUSSEN. After about 2-3 revisions of RHE, Khalid should hone your understanding. I strongly recommend both books, coupled with plenty of mock exams and you should DEFINITELY see a score like mine. I think 3 months on an average should be fine, unless you want to live on a tight schedule of work,java,work,java ... like me. I am glad it is over. I will hang around to learn more, and help others. I think the joy of programming is in actually doing something. Thanks once again to all who have taken the time to share their knowledge.
Congrats Subha!!! I m planning to give the exam next week pls send example questions .Will you please help me by sending some more tips.my id is firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hiba,Prasanthi All I would advise in the last week is to brush up on all that you have learnt so far, so that you are really are sure of what you know. Check how you rate in the Marcus mocks(take that as teh rought estimate of your score in the real exam), I also went thro his tutorials in the last week. I personally have bad memory and found it difficult to remember rules, whatever I had to think logically and solve, I was very confident. So only you know what your weak spots are and try to get rid of those problem areas. I referred to RHE,KHALID & MARCUS tutorials and of course JLS. Now that you are in the last week of preparation dont read new books. Just keep practising and please try to maintain your cool, you will lose time otherwise. I could not even finish my first question for 5 minutes. Go thro FAQs here the day before. GOOD LUCK