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Failed Core Spring Certification with 72%

Vivek Viswanathan
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Joined: Mar 03, 2001
Posts: 350
I just gave the exam 2 hours back, here is what I got after giving the exam

Unofficial Examination Results
Your Score : 72%
Your Grade: Fail

I dont have anything much to say other than that.

I cant decide if I should give it again or not?

Here is what I used for studying.

Vivek Viswanathan SCJP 1.2, SCJP 1.6,SCJD,SCEA,SCWCD,IBM-484,IBM-486,IBM-141,Ms.NET C# 70-316,SCMAD, LPIC-I
Roberto Perillo

Joined: Dec 28, 2007
Posts: 2258

Hey, champion.

I'm really sorry to hear that. However, I'd say you shouldn't give up. Before giving it another try, review everything again 2 or 3 times. Try to see if there are other materials you can use and study them as well. Spring is certainly a very large framework, and thus its certification isn't easy, so don't feel bad. I'm sure that if you prepare a little bit better, you'll make it next time!

Cheers, Bob "John Lennon" Perillo
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Joe Harry
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Joined: Sep 26, 2006
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Even 72% is a fail. I guess that should be tough!

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Vivek Viswanathan
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Joined: Mar 03, 2001
Posts: 350
yes, 80% is quite high, but that is no reason I should fail. I should be have prepared better.

It is particularly difficult target since there are no mock exams, moreover the questions vary from high level concepts to low level configuration details and Interface names. It is quite difficult to remember the low level details for the vast syllabus which includes Core Spring, Spring-WS, Spring Security.
And I don't think that I took this exam that seriously (I should have considering that I currently program in spring and really enjoy using all the features provided by spring) since I have done loads of technical certifications.

I wont register for the exam anytime soon since I have a few other commitments
Hong Anderson
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Joined: Jul 05, 2005
Posts: 1936
Sorry to hear that. So the pass score is quite high.

SCJA 1.0, SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, SCJP 5.0, SCEA 5, SCBCD 5; OCUP - Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced; IBM Certified Solution Designer - OOAD, vUML 2; SpringSource Certified Spring Professional
Eurig Jones
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Joined: Feb 05, 2008
Posts: 57
I'm thinking oif taking this exam.

I'm not experienced in Spring and I'm considering taking the Core Spring Training course.

Is this exam easier if you've had lots of experience with Spring or could it be achieved quite easily without lots of experience, with the above course and relevant training materials?
Vivek Viswanathan
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Joined: Mar 03, 2001
Posts: 350
As long as you understand what is going on it doesnt matter with or without the course.

Since you do not have experience, the only option you have is to take the training and sit for the exam within a month of that.
Eurig Jones
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So you have to take the exam within a month of taking the course? What happens if you miss the deadline?
Vivek Viswanathan
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Joined: Mar 03, 2001
Posts: 350
Sorry I wasnt clear, the one month isnt the deadline.
It is generally advisable to sit for the exam soon (say one month) after that training so that things are fresh in your head.

There could be deadline to sit for the exam after taking the training but I am not aware of it, you are better off contacting springsource for these kinda questions.
Mike Mitchell
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Joined: May 28, 2008
Posts: 38
You'll get a voucher for the exam when you take the course, which will expire roughly a year later.

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