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SCJP bad news--failed

Meghna Bhardwaj
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Joined: Jun 08, 2007
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Hi,

I have bad news to report! I failed the SCJP by only 1 question!!! i answered 46 right only.
My biggest problem I ran out of time, i was too careful answering the earlier questions at the beginning,
taking a second look and making sure I was correct. Around question number 45 i got really tired and realized i
am running out of time, i started hurrying up and thats when i think i started taking short cuts and missing the logic!
I was really surprised to be honest...as I am a competent java programmer and while doing the test
I was able to spot many trick questions....I just don't know what happened

I tried to take a short cut in the preparations and did not do many different mock exams.
I did the K&B exams, but since i had done the diagnosis first and the exam on the CD Master ans Bonus exam questions
are similar it was NOT a true assessment of my preparedness. I scored well in K&B mock getting 92% once and 87 another tiem in master bonus exam.
I tried to do the Exam Lab found it incredibly tough and left it. I did the free whiizlabs and Sun exams and did well in them, I got 80%
in the whizlabs one that has 28 questions. Anyways...i have a free retake, which i will use pretty soon. I think my next move will be to buy
Whizlabs mock test and do them religiously untill I get 75% then i will retake the test. But I am pretty bummed out and dissappointed!
Any advice please suggest!
Meghna Bhardwaj
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Also there were several API questions about methods in API that are not the usual obvious methods used.
That was a not a good surprise.
Florin Florentin
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you gave no good news for those who want to take the test in the future
Meghna Bhardwaj
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I understand Florin, and apoogize, but hopefully my example can warn others, thats
why i am writing, it is painful for me to post this...sorry

The exam was tough, but still goign into the exam i was pretty confident i had the feeling i would get about 80%.
I think my biggest downfall was bad time management. Before sitting exam i spent 2 days doing all the chapter questions in
K&B and i got majority correct! I myself was really surprised by the result!
Devaka Cooray
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The "Sectional Analysis" part of your score report, would be a good point to start preparation for the next attempt, hopefully.


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Ken Truitt
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Joined: Aug 23, 2007
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Judging by your performance, as you reported, on the various mocks you took, I find it almost impossible to believe that you failed the test! Somebody must have slipped you something in your tea!


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Muse Ran
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Joined: Sep 17, 2008
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do well in your next attempt.. all the best....


Tomorrow will surely be a new day!!!
Bob Wheeler
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Joined: Apr 24, 2009
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Bad news Good luck for the next time.
I think the time issue is a big one. If you think about it. You have about 3min (actually less) for each question. Which is ok for small code assignments, but what about the questions with 30 or more lines? How do you read it? How do you get the small errors in a short time?
First checking the modifiers, the main-method? Read top to bottom? ...
So guys and girls? How do you read the code in the exams?

Thanks
Bob

Ps. Meghna. If you think I should open a new thread for this question, tell me.


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Meghna Bhardwaj
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Thanks for the support Bob! Yes i think the time issue was the root of my problem, I scored just 30% in the Fundamentals section... i was surprised by that then I came home and bought Whizlabs and did the Fundamentals topic questions -- there are 40 of them. I got 61% in that, and i have heard the Whizlabs is more difficult.

Under time pressusre I started answering questions very quickly and it went downhill from there. I did quite well in areas I thought i was weaks
like Generic/Collections I got 80% which is decent.

I had read someone post that they completed the exam in 1hr!!! That was a joke..it is impossible to do that. Also the questions had multiple options in the answer , so for example which line can be placed here and there are 5 options....then you have to work through all 5 options, after checkign for compile error and going through the program logic. Its a loong exam and time consuming. I got 90% in teh Scoping/Assignment section.
I will post the details of my results, i dont have them with me now. But man, I was surprised at myself.


Nabila Mohammad
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Joined: Nov 05, 2007
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Hi Meghna!

Sorry about what happened!

I think lack of time is a major factor as you just tend to get nervous and a little panicky and overlook a lot of stuff even if you are decently prepared.

I dont know about you or others but I normally skim through all the questions and answer the easy ones which doesnt require a lot of time.
That way , you get an overview and you knw how much time to spend on what questions.
And start again and mark the ones which need a lot of brains n come back to it at the end.
Alteast you wont miss out scoring on the easy questions .

This is the way how i do it. May be it will help you too...

Take care n all the best!




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Vijay Parasuram
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Joined: Jun 10, 2009
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I have a bad news from my side, I did fail SCJP exam by just 1 mark in my first attempt, got 63%. I did follow two books Head First Java and SCJP by K&B. I didn't take enough mock tests before exam.

This time, I did 4 or 5 mock tests ( got 85 to 90%) and again went thru same books. Second time, I took the exam after the three weeks of the first attempt. Surprisingly, I did fail the exam again by 1 mark. This time I was so confident that I will get more than 90% and came out of the exam 20 mins before.

I don't know where I'm missing. I'm seriously thinking, should I write the exam again or leave it. When I failed first time, I was so determined to get the SCJP certificate, after second time, I lost intrest on SCJP certification.

Careful..when you are going to write second time exam.

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Nabila Mohammad
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Vijay ,

Finish what you started..
Dont be in a hurry to take the exam.. Just be Confident..

You'll get through!!

All the best!
Vijay Parasuram
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Joined: Jun 10, 2009
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I will do it again. This time, I will do more practicing. Thank you.
Byju Joy
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Failure is stepping stone to success! Best of luck.
Bert Bates
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Hi Meghna,

It doesn't come up very often, but some of us (including some of us authors ), felt time pressure during the exam. So you're not the first to feel (and be affected by), time pressure.

From what you've written here I'm confident you'll pass easily next time.

hth,

Bert


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arulk pillai
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I was really surprised to be honest...as I am a competent java programmer and while doing the test
I was able to spot many trick questions....I just don't know what happened



Don't be surprised.

If you do not pass the certification does not mean that you are Not a great programmer.
Even if someone passes the certification does not mean that he/she is a great programmer.
I am not sure, if I would pass the certification if I sit for one without proper preparation and going through mock exams.

So chin up..............


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Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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arulk pillai wrote:
If you do not pass the certification does not mean that you are Not a great programmer.
Even if someone passes the certification does not mean that he/she is a great programmer.


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Meghna Bhardwaj
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Thanks people...I have been trying to prepare since, but the biggest battle is finding a 4hr chunk of time to do 1 mock exam!
I came across a question like this in a mock over the weekend :

float f = 10;

Will this compile? Now I see this as absurd! As yes the above will compile, but this won't
float = 10.0; // Will not compile until you put a 10.0f behind it!! It needs the f as any decimal point is implicitly double.

Its these kind of questions that lead to frustration. But anyways...I'll continue on my road to SCJP.
Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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Meghna Bhardwaj wrote:
Its these kind of questions that lead to frustration.


Please dont get frustration
Sharma Ritu
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Hi Meghna. I know it is very difficult to start the preparation once again but i am sure this time you will do it. So have faith in you & start the preparation.

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Sundararaj Govindasamy
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Hi,
Believe yourself.You can do it


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