This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
I've seen a few references to wanting a high score on the exam. Why does the score matter? Aren't you either certified or not? (I got in the high 80s on part 1 but I wasn't shooting for a high score and didn't buy the mocks.) I certainly wanted a high enough score that I would know that I would pass (and not have to pay to take the exam again.)
Six weeks ago, I decided to take the SCEA 5 (Sun Certified Enterprise Architect) exam. Today I passed part one with a score 87%.
Note: I did not pay for any mock exams. I’m sure I would have scored above 90% had I done so. I don’t think paying money for a higher passing score is worth it. That isn’t learning for the sake of learning. It is learning specifically for a test.
Clearly you don't think I would have more credibility if I had paid for a mock and gotten 3% higher?