managed to stuff up the mocks (40%) but going through my wrong answers I am finding that I am getting 2 out of the 3 answers right and missing just one point for the vast majority, this is pretty picky and really annoying!!!
Has anyone else experienced this? It gets to me sometimes that I seem to need to know 3 ways to do one thing off the top of my head, when only one will do. Okay there are still other ways but I tend to google them or use APIs etc...
I think most of us here empathize fully with your frustration. Keep at it, though. The SCJP exam objectives were designed to sharpen your ability to analyze and apply Java's subtleties off-the-cuff, rather than merely looking up reference books. Admittedly, some questions may seem awfully pedantic at times, but we all know how much computer science folks like to be precise and rigorous. You'll emerge from the experience as a better Java programmer. Hopefully that thought will keep spurring you on.
In any case, as Tony said, the actual exam will tell you the exact number of correct options that you need to choose. That means you'll probably find the real thing a bit easier once you've gone through all these mock exams.
Also, the exam doesn't really require you to memorize that many API details. The K&B book covers exactly all the API contents you'll need. Many mock exams pose API questions that go beyond the scope of the actual exam, so feel free to ignore those if you don't want to bother memorizing additional information.
Joined: Oct 15, 2007
thanks for the encouragement guys! I just need to do some more work study harder and then take the additional bonus mock exam after perhaps looking at some other resources too! Lots of people seem to be passing with 80%+ so the exam may be easier.
Right now I am going through all the wrong answers and writing down all the key points I missed. eg. you can have a try without a catch (if you use a finally) etc...