IMHO, your goal here should be to LEARN all the material, not just to pass the exam. Don't take the exam when you think you know enough to barely pass (hopefully)...take it when you know the material so well that there's no way you could possibly fail! Then, when you put SCJP on your resume, you can boldly follow it with something more impressive, like:
Just my $0.02.
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Why K&B's mock exam allows only 90 minutes for 65 questions??? In the real exam, I think the allowed time 120 minutes for 61 questions, correct?? [ June 23, 2005: Message edited by: Chitra AP ]
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well said Dave, way too many people think of certs as something you cram for and get the badge so you can flount it on your resume, an attitude which severely hurts the value of the cert to people who are serious about their professions and DO know the subject matter.
Sadly many cert exams are such that you can get a high score by just cramming dilligently for a few days or weeks yet fail if you know the material well yet aren't good at cramming.
Chitra, the idea is that the mocks should be harder than the real thing so you won't have surprises. By giving you less time for the mock you have to know more and work faster, which if you use the same pace at the real exam gives you more time to review answers you're not certain about.