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Got questions with wait/notify on the real exam

k reeta
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Joined: Oct 15, 2010
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So finally I took the exam today and though I did not get a great score (70%), I passed. Yay!! I think I had prepared for a 70-75% score and that's what I got, so it's cool

The exam was much harder than anticipated and it didn't help that the very first question (and second one too, for that matter) had wait/notify etc. as answer options. The first 20 odd questions were really nasty, it did get better thereafter. I wish the easier questions were posted before the really tough ones. I guess that would have given me some time to warm up and put me in a better frame of mind for the toughies.

All's well that ends well, but it did take a whole lot of positive self-talk (haha!) to get through the first hour.

For my prep, I had used K&B + Enthuware. Both excellent sources and highly recommended. The difficulty level of the questions was somewhere in between K&B end of chapter self tests and Enthuware. I say that even though my real exam score was very similar to Enthuware scores. With Enthuware mock questions, more often than not, I could figure out whether I had answered a question correctly or not; but with the real exam questions - I had no idea! There were very few questions that I was sure about, and that was very frustrating. The last day (unique) Enthuware mock is a MUST DO.

Also, I felt that the real exam code was smudgy, and really hard to read.

I couldn't do the K&B master exams or ExamLab as I do not work on Windows.

Lastly, to everyone who helped me out here - thank you!!

Good Luck!

Hareendra Reddy
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Joined: Jan 09, 2011
Posts: 173

Congratulations ...

Although wait/notify mechanism objectives have been removed from exam objectives i feel that they may still appear as methods of the Object class.
Can you say for sure that the questions involve the logic of wait/notify mechanism??.If they just appear as the options in multiple choice questions ,
we can safely eliminate them.

Still i remember what Bert has said here.
Bert bates wrote:Be aware that you *might* still get questions on recently removed objectives.
Again, in theory this shouldn't happen, but the reality is that it does. I would surmise that encountering *legacy* questions would tend to happen more in more remote or less trafficked test centers... that's just my surmise.

Can you share us the information about prometric center where you gave the exam??
BTW, When i gave the exam i did not get any questions from either Serialization or wait/notify concepts.
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Ausan Abdulhabib
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Well done

k reeta
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Joined: Oct 15, 2010
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Thank you everyone!

I think that those questions did involve the logic of wait/notify etc. In fact I think that for one of the questions one of them was the right answer (according to my deduction, I could be wrong of course). I did not get any questions on Serialization though.

The test center I went to was certainly not in a far flung region and it seemed to be a busy center as well. But who knows, maybe they don't get too many Java certification candidates.
Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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Hi K,

I'm discussing this situation with Oracle. Would you be willing to tell us the city where you took your exam?



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