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What I have learned from the exam

Sania Marsh
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Joined: Jul 12, 2004
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While I have fresh impression after the exam, I want to share the tips I learned for myself:
1. You need nothing more than K&B book and maybe few mocks to make sure you are ready.
2. K&B tests are of the same difficulty as the exam
3. If you are reading K&B book, read every single line of it, even if you know that topic, you will find things you wouldn't even think about in that book and they will be on exam.
4. You will probably finish exam in half time (if you are well prepared), Please! do go back and check your answers! I know the temptation to get your score, but do go back and look at everything again, but second time check more for syntax tricks, because you probably did your best on the logic part already. I found 4 questions that I missed the syntax error in.
5. Be very carefull with wording, understand every question before you look at the answers. Be careful with wording of the answers too.
6. Don't panic if you see something unfamiliar. If you have no idea what code is doing check the syntax first. One of the questions had very strange code that I was sure wasn't covered by K&B, so I took a shot and checked the syntax, and there it was - simplest syntax error.
7. Be very good with garbage collection and threads, I think Dan's mocks will help there.
8. You have to remember common Constructors and methods syntax

I would want to thank Katy Sierra and Bert Bates (sorry for misspellings) for their work. Their book was the best purchase I ever made.
Johnny Hunter
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Joined: Jul 15, 2004
Posts: 37
So... What was your score?

Looking forward to pass the exam after I've relocated. Thanks for the tips. I'm going thru K&B book right now. Where do I report the bugs I find (typo and code) in the book?
[ July 16, 2004: Message edited by: Next Stepguy ]

Johnny Hunter
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Sania Marsh
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I got 90%, missed 6 questions, mostly because of my stupidity - miscalculating pre/post increments, missed syntax errors. 2-3 questions I didn't understand the wording, but I think that is because of my english skills.
Chandra Vadlamani
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 31
Great Job!!

Cheers<br /> <br />What's with the bottom line.<br />_ _ ____________________ _ _<br />SCJP 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, Prepping for SCEA.....
Johnny Hunter
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Joined: Jul 15, 2004
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When you register on, how long does it take for you to get a date for the test? Is there a time limit (min-max)? Are the time to attend flexible or is this one per day or per week only? Thanks!
natarajan raman

Joined: Apr 10, 2004
Posts: 26
Congrats good job!!!

nata.r<br />**********************************<br />To win is not always success<br />And to lose is not always failure.<br />**********************************
Sania Marsh
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Joined: Jul 12, 2004
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I purchased exam from sun and then registered at prometric site and sceduled the date myself, all within 15 min.
Deb Sadhukhan
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Joined: Nov 05, 2003
Posts: 67

From my limited expereance, for some test centers you can even schedule test for the same day. Usually they have multiple start times and you have freedom to choose. Also test centers are open 5 days a week.

Hope this will help.

I was curious about these too before taking the exam.

_ __ _ __ _ __ _<br />SCJP 1.4 (95%) | SCWCD 1.4 (79%)<br />Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
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