my boss urges me to take the SCJP (Java 6) by the end of this year. This is a standard thing in my company. I was studying Sierra/Bates (Excellent! Cathy I want to marry you! ) for four months now and I am done with the chapters. I did the first Masterexam mock yesterday and failed with 62% (65% requested, my book is not quite up to date. have the version with 72 questions in 3 1/2 hours).
The problem is that I am facing a new project where I have to train myself into IBM WebSphere with ESQL etc. It starts next week so I was hoping to PASS the first mock exam well and take the real exam BEFORE learning new, complete different stuff. I am a little worried that I will confuse myself with the new stuff colliding with the JAVA knowledge that I learned the last months.
To you certification experts out there, is it risky to take the real exam with just one FAILED mock exam?
A score of 62% on the mock exam seems pretty good to me. I was scoring in that vicinity about a month before taking the exam. But to answer your question, yes, it's extremely risky. I recommend going through all the mock questions multiple times, and taking the mock exams multiple times. The questions on the real exam follow certain patterns, and they are all to be found in the mocks. The more comfortable you are with those patterns, the less time you will waste. You will have something like 2 minutes per question, so spending your time well during the exam is essential.
Was just joking, Bert, I already wear a ring! BTW, also credits to you for this excellent book.
However, I scheduled my exam at Dec. 18th. I'll just try, for better or worse, I'll accept it. Maybe I'm lucky and make this a present for myself for Xmas.
took the exam today and passed with 86%. ExamLab helped a lot to close the last gaps.
I had an average of 60% in ExamLab and hoped to break the 90%, but I am happy anyway!
Thanks again to Kathy, Bert, Devaka for the material and all other guys for advice!