This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Hi, First of all, congratulations on a fantastic site and community. I was just wondering what significance is place one scores in the exams when you talk to recruiters? Or is the certification all they want to know about? I have been programming java for a while now but I still must admit I would only get a very low passing score for the SCJP based on the little bit of studying I have done in some relevant/interesting areas for me. I am just wondering whether I should study all of the finer pedantic details (other than for personal development) or concentrate on getting this qualification then getting a good score (because I want to learn about the Web content developer or EJB certifications. Thanks very much for your time, Trav
I have the same question in my mind too. I have been seeing all these ingenious, intelligent, brilliant (and perhaps crazy) people posting their 90+ scores on the board everyday. It makes me feel guilty for setting my initial goal of "just to get a pass" on the exam. Now, I have been postponing my exam for a whole month trying to get a better score on the practise exam before I move on to the real one. Is the score really THAT important? Are there any test statistics showing us the exam averages? Thanks
I think that all those who are postponing their exams because they are not getting a good score is a good thing. Doesnt it make more sense to really get a good score. That way you are really sure that you have the concepts and the basics right. Only when you are consistently getting a good score in the mocks (and I truly believe that getting a score of over 90% in this exam is really easy) should one attempt the real exam. I think everyone should be aiming to score well rather than just pass. My two cents
My goal is learn to fundamentals of language well. At this moment, I am getting 90+ in Marcus. So I guess I can get about same in real. But when I am taking Dan's exam, I am like STOP, LEARN A NEW CONCEPT and GO every now and than. For long haul, I think it will pay off becaue you got your basics right. A perfect score in real exam will show to your potential employer that: - you are a high achiever - you do not have any doubts in fundamentals of language - you can work in time pressure, as in exam you have like 2 minutes to spot a problem with a piece code without taking time to compile or refer to a resouce. I would say if you have no urgency, then it makes sense to aim for 100% and see what you get.... that is my 2 cents. barkat