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SCJP (Java 6) Run out of time!

Izzy Hatter

Joined: Dec 02, 2012
Posts: 3

Hi Folks,

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?


Izzy (OCPJP)
Anayonkar Shivalkar

Joined: Dec 08, 2010
Posts: 1545

Hi Izzy,

Welcome to CodeRanch!

In general, mock exams from Sierra-Bates' book are tougher than the real exam. If you are close to passing those mock exams, then its a good chance that you'll clear the real exam.

However, to make very sure of yourself, I would suggest to go thorough the scorecard - find out the weak areas, and try practising as many questions as you can.

If you are near-passing score on mock exam in first week of December itself, I think you would be able to hit the year-end deadline. I would say that you are 'almost there'.

Also, don't be afraid of learning the new stuff at workplace - yes it may impact your practise schedule, but if you have clear understanding of basic concepts, it won't be much of a problem.

All the Best!

Anayonkar Shivalkar (SCJP, SCWCD, OCMJD, OCEEJBD)
dennis deems
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Joined: Mar 12, 2011
Posts: 808
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.
Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Hey Izzy!

You don't get to marry Kathy, she's married to me!

Good luck on your exam, I think you're getting good advice here.


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Izzy Hatter

Joined: Dec 02, 2012
Posts: 3

Thanks guys!

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.

Izzy Hatter

Joined: Dec 02, 2012
Posts: 3

Hey guys,

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!

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