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!
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