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Just finished 1.4 Beta exam

Mark Spritzler
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Hi guys, just wanted to give you some feedback on the new Beta test. I just completed it an hour ago.
It took me 3 1/2 hours to complete, and you might think 161 isn't a lot of questions, but my brain is mush now.
I found a few questions didn't have public in front of the class, and no answer saying will fail when run.
Only one question was wrong, it had me pick two answers where only one could possibly be right.
I found it to be a very good test. There are some really tricky difficult questions, and a few really easy questions.
Study the hashcode() and equals() method. the basics of what they do and mean.
Good amount of questions on Threads.
Know overriding really well. And how variables and objects get passed to method calls, and their effects.
There was one question on java.io, which I though wasn't supposed to be in 1.4.
Some exhibits took a little bit of time to read and understand.
know your access modifiers, inner classes, threads, primitive types sizes, Math class, interfaces et al.
This test really tests on the java sdk api from the standpoint of the basics. How to get things to work in Java. If you know that you should do very well.
Also leave plenty of comments for them.
Mark


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Junilu Lacar
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Thanks for the tips, Mark.
Regarding hashcode() and equals(), do you think RHE is enough to prepare for the questions in these areas of would a more in-depth treatment on them such as that given by Joshua Bloch in his book "Effective Java" be a better resource?
TIA,
Junilu
Michael Pearson
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I'm not surprised your brain is "mushy", 161 questions is a ton to go through. From your comments it doesn't sound drastically different from the 1.3 exam. Was the exam graded?
[ May 11, 2002: Message edited by: Michael Pearson ]
Marilyn de Queiroz
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I found a few questions didn't have public in front of the class, and no answer saying will fail when run.

Mark,
A class doesn't need to be public in order to run.

Michael,
From the Sun documents:
If you pass the exam, you will receive:
1) An official certificate
2) A score report detailing the results of your exam
3) A letter of congratulations
4) A lapel pin with the certification name engraved on it.
5) Please note that it will take 10 - 15 working days in the US, 20 - 25 days
internationally, from the time your exam result reaches the Certification
Database.


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Mark Spritzler
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Marilyn. Yes I know I checked it out when I got home. I just remember always getting that Exception when it was public needing to be in a file with the same names. It was a good thing they didn't have "Does not run" answers on those questions.
Junilu - I used RHE for this exam. I really wish I had had it when I first took the SCJP the first time. It really explains thing very nicely. However, there isn't any information on the hashcode() and equals() methods that was asked on the exam. To all those guys that wrote RHE, great book, and I highly highly recommend buying it for anyone taking the SCJP. Oh and Michael Ernest you can send me my kickback check to
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Somecity, CA, 99999999
Michael, no the exam is not graded. I will find out in 6-8 weeks.
Himanshu Jhamb
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Marilyn/Mark
How much is the passing score ??
Is it still 61% ?? .... or has that changed.
If its 61%, then if the applicant gets 99 right out of 161, he/she should get the certificate.
I give the exam tomorrow... Pls. let me know beforehand.
thanks
- Himanshu


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Michael Pearson
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Originally posted by Mark Spritzler:

Michael, no the exam is not graded. I will find out in 6-8 weeks.

Wow, that is a lot of work for NO instant gradification. Just a fun way to spend an afternoon?
Maybe now you should write a book?
Mark Spritzler
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Maybe now you should write a book?

LOL. If I suggested that then Map and Michael Ernest will make me write one on XSL:FO.
Mark
 
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