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Exam strategy

Drew Lane
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Joined: May 13, 2001
Posts: 296
When taking the actual SCJP exam would you suggest skipping questions that you are not sure of immediately and coming back to them later?
I understand that there is plenty of time for the exam, but would there be any advantage to skipping around?
Obviously some questions are easier than others and some will take longer because you have to look at the code, etc.
Are there any other useful strategy's for taking the exam?
(I know - study, study, study!)
BTW, is there a way to "mark" questions for "review" on the actual exam?
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Here are some that I used -

  • Minute rule - If you find yourself spending more than a minute on a question, skip it.
  • Aim at achieving the passing score first. Once you reach there, focus on improving your percentile.
  • Method of elimination - guess after eliminating obviously wrong answers.
  • Read all the answers carefully if the question says "Choose all the correct answers"
  • If one of the anwer indicates a compiler error, scan the code twice.
  • Know your weak areas. Everyone has them. Try to use acronyms/pneumonics to remember key concepts. Questions pertaining to these weak areas has a psychological effect on the candidate. Skip them and come back later.
  • In the second pass, attend to the skipped questions only. Don't waste time in second guessing the ones that you have already answered.
  • Last but not least, be calm and relaxed. It will help you focus better!

  • Good luck,
    Ajith Kallambella M.
    Sun Certified Programmer for the Java�2 Platform.
    IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies, V1.

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
chirag visavadia

Joined: Dec 21, 2009
Posts: 7

Thanks Ajith, It was very helpful tips keep posting

Mansi Agarwal
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Joined: Apr 11, 2012
Posts: 53
Hi AJith,

Want to now one more thing, do we came to know right away(each question) whether our answer is correct or when we finish the whole test?
Tina Smith
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Joined: Jul 21, 2011
Posts: 208

When you finish the whole test you are given a percentile score and the exam objectives for which you answered one or more questions incorrectly. You aren't given the exact questions that you missed, or the number of questions which you got right/wrong.

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. ~Robert A. Heinlein
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