I felt really confident of passing after taking the exam and waiting for my results but I only managed 55% and the pass mark was 61%.
I know this means I must try harder but the thing I'm disappointed with is the feedback from Oracle. They gave me indicators on what I need to work on but these 'Indicators' are so high level they are as good as useless
I have my retake voucher so I'll get another test book in the next few weeks!
Get a college education in some computer science related field.
Or get a diploma from a community college .
And write a program you've come up with yourself.
This beats any Java certification.
Ulf, thanks for your reply.. I understand where you are coming from but I still think the certification forces people to study and study hard and learn the fundamentals of the java programming language. Of course writing your own projects would also help you learn the fundamentals (to an extent) but people tend to cut corners by not making proper use of the java api, for an example they may write their own sorting algorithm rather than learn inside-out how the comparable interface works - which is what the certification kind of forces you to do.
I already have a java developer job, I've been writing java for 5+ years and I was shocked at how much I didn't know. For me I wanted to go back to the basics and learn java properly and I'm so glad I did! I would recommend the Sierra/Bates book to anyone who is serious about java, it's really well written, I will certainly be keeping the book for future reference!
I passed my resit exam last Friday with 68% so for now I'm happy ;)