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Passed w/ 97%

 
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I think the two I got wrong were one on laoding images and one where I wasn't sure if they wanted the answer in quotes. Eerything else I felt very sure of my answers and I double checked.
 
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Here are a couple of interesting tidbits I encountered.
There was a question about threads. They wanted to know if some call to an image loader would stop a thread. I wasn't sure if it was a legit method, but the other methods all looked legit and it sounded like a method packed with blocking... so I answered "yes" - which in hindsight might have been one I got wrong. After all, calling waitForData() (or whatever it was) won't block the thread unless there is no current data.
Another oddity was a fill-in-the-blank question. They wanted to know what was currently in the string. I wasn't sure if they wanted quotes or not. I'm now guessing "not".
 
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Did that thread question mention something including the word Media?
I have a feeling this is a notorious question that pops up.
 
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Oh, yes I ment to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!
on passing
 
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Yeah! Was it "MediaTracker"?
It was something I don't have any clear memories about.
What's the story with it?
 
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This will be my only opportunity to gloat, since very few people have any idea what I'm talking about.
When I finished the test I still had over an hour left on the clock. So I guess I finished the test in 55 minutes.
Too bad that info isn't on the printout.
 
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Well done. Do we know how many of us are certified so far? I would be worried if anyone took the whole time to answer the exam. I read through all my answers twice and still had loads of time left.
So your next step is the developer exam!
 
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I was pretty worried. I had read in other forums that people finished question number 20 only to look up and see that they had less than an hour left! Their advice was to keep a good pace and don't dilly-dally. So I may have rushed too much.
 
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Hi Paul Wheaton
You finished the exam in 55 minutes. How many answers (approximately) did you change while revisiting the questions during the remaining 1 hour in the exam.
 
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At the 55 minute mark I clicked on "done".
I double checked my answers as I went. When I finished the last one, I could see no benefit to going back.
I found the test to be so easy, I expected to get 100%. I was disappointed to get 97%.
 
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Hi Paul
If this is the case then I want to know how long you been preparing for the test? and any previous experience in java
 
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I have two years of experience with Java. I spent about a month preparing for the test part time.
When taking the mock tests, be sure to have javac ready to roll and test things that you aren't sure about. I would guess that the mock tests have about 5% faulty information and 10% stuff that won't be on the exam. Throw in another 5% for ambiguity that won't be on the exam.
 
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