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Guidance please

Tarik Makota
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Joined: Jan 29, 2002
Posts: 23
This is situation:
I scheduled Test on March 7.
My scores are:
JWhiz : lower 70ties
JQ+: mid 60ties
Marcus: upper 70ties
Java Ranch Roundup: 90-100
I know my weak spots are (AWT, I/O and Threads)
I will be working on these in this last 3/4 weeks.
How am I doing based on your own experience (those that took/passed the test).
regards
Tarik
Valentin Crettaz
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
Posts: 7610
Have a look at the following comparisons:
http://www.jdiscuss.com/Enthuse/jsp/ViewAllResults.jsp
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Tarik Makota
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Joined: Jan 29, 2002
Posts: 23
yeah, I have.
Rick Reumann
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Joined: Apr 03, 2001
Posts: 281
Looking at that chart is a start, but I'm not sure how much stock I'd place in it because you have to wonder how people put in their numbers. I'm hoping most just put in their average on the tests they took during the last few weeks, but you just don't know.
Personally, I think with those scores in three weeks you can definitely improve a lot. My scores were about the same as yours 2 weeks ago and now I'm averaging about 80 on JQ+ and 86 on JWhiz. I'm hoping I'm ready because I take the exam on Tuesday I'm starting to get real nervous.
The biggest thing that is messing me up is there are a lot of methods in the Collection classes and a lot of AWT constructors and methods and knowing all their signatures (especially return types can be a pain). I've done practice coding with all of these areas but not really enough as I probably should (so don't yell at me Valentin
For example in the Vector class add(Object o) returns boolean, yet add( int index, Object o) is void. Then in HashMap put(Object key, Object value) returns an Object. So here you have in your mind ok I know different ways to add Objects into a particular Collection but now I have to know the return type also. Despite how much coding I do, I'm bound to forget some return types. Most of the time when adding stuff into a Collection class on a daily basis I don't even check the return type. The point is, I still think asking these types of quesions on this type of exam does not really prove much. All the other stuff sure. I'll be really curious after the real exam, how obscure some of the methods they require you to know are- I'm hoping JQ+ and JWhiz through a couple odder ones in there to keep you on your toes. (However, I'm not so sure since these are often marked "Very Easy").
Overall, I think you are in good shape depending on how much time you have during the next 3 weeks. Good luck. If you have any questions let us know.
Valentin Crettaz
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so don't yell at me Valentin

Have I ever done something like that?
Jennifer Wallace
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Joined: Nov 30, 2001
Posts: 102
I took Programmers exam this week (86%).
I wudn't be able to comment on Jwhiz and JQ+ because I haven't taken them yet.But would like to share some tips ... without going beyond
my permitted limits!

> I feel the actual exam's toughness compares to Marcus Exams more or less.
> Please try to follow the objectives to the letter. Because the test is based on the objectives given, I felt the questions directly revolved around them .. and as stated, to the letter ! I cannot state enough!
There might be objectives which are vague and more general... but atleast u can make sure that u are very clear with the objectives which are precisely worded !

> Also,questions are definitely proportional to the number of objectives being tested
So if u feel u are weak in Collections and IO,Threads ... give priority to IO and Threads!
not to Collections... in these final moments!
>> Definitely, the exam tests you on your understanding and clarity of concepts. Not trying to corner you on the least expected nitty gritty detail !

Just sharing my experience! All the Best!
Jennifer
Erik Dark
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Joined: Jan 28, 2002
Posts: 107
I wudn't be able to comment on Jwhiz and JQ+ because I haven't taken them yet.

Jennifer, are you going to after such a score?

Erik Dark
Jennifer Wallace
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Joined: Nov 30, 2001
Posts: 102
No! Thats a typo!
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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