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andrey zvonerev
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Joined: Nov 01, 2000
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I have just passed the SCJP2 with 79% score. I consider it decent, having absolutely no OOP experience until 4 weeks ago. Yeah, I did some years of Fortran, but it sounds funny here, isn't it? RHE book is very good but positively insufficient to prepare for the exam. I attribute half of my score to it and another half- to all mock exams I took during last two weeks. Particularly, I used a commercial JQ+ simulator, which surely justified its price.
The exam itself was easier than most of the mocks I took the first time.
I enjoyed this forum and learned a lot from it. Good bye, guys!
Serge Plourde
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Joined: Jun 23, 2000
Posts: 140
Congratulations!
That's a great score considering you did that in 4 weeks.
How many hours does that mean?
Did you find any traps in preparing for the exam or passing it?
andrey zvonerev
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Joined: Nov 01, 2000
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One trap is RHE itself as well as most of the mock exams. You read RHE and answer all the questions in the mock tests in it and also train in open mock tests. The RHE questions are too simple compared to half of the real exam questions. Beside, once you take a test, there is no sense to take it the second time- you loose the feeling of danger. A solution which I found (at least, in my case), beside trying what is available in popular websites, is to buy one or two commercial simulators, which have some hundred test questions and tens of different exam variants. The level of comlexity is comparable or slightly(which is important) higher than that of the real test. Apart from getting used to real timing, it is a great education as well!
satya kiran
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Joined: Nov 07, 2000
Posts: 52
hai andrey zvonerev!
from where u got the commercial simulator JQ+. pl. send the site address, and also how much it costs? is it sufficient to take tests on the simulator and the mock tests that r available.... pl. clarify my doubts..
Thanks....
Kiran
[This message has been edited by satya kiran (edited November 07, 2000).]
andrey zvonerev
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Joined: Nov 01, 2000
Posts: 10
JQ+ has a website
http://enthuware.com/jqplus/
The simulator costs something like $20. at the beginning I was a bit confused to see many typos (like "seperate" everywhere), but the codes and comments are very helpful and professional.
I also heard a lot about JCertify and other codes, but never tried them, I know that they cost above $50.
If you train 1 or 2 weeks with such a simulator, taking, say, 1 exam a day and analizing and fixing ALL error answers in detail and if after this time you have above 75% on NEW mock exams (there are 8 in JQ+, smth. like 500 questions), your chances on a real exam will be substantial. It was critical for me, but if you have 10 years of C++ experience, maybe you can do without it. It depends.
 
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