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SCJP 55-75% -- Everybody Pl. Read/Reply

 
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I am praparing for the SCJP exam. I have gone thru RHE 3 times.
I am also appearing for mock tests and questions on various sites.
But the outcome confuses me. My scores vary from 55-75%. Now I
am reaching completion of all the recommended links.
What confuses me is that the variety of ques. this sites
offer? Do they really reflect the exam? These sites do not follow
the pattern of ques. as asked in RHE. I am able to solve ques.
of RHE.
Now the difficulty is that in this repeatative process I have subconsciously memorized many ques. so when I go for the test again it appears easier, but that is because I have gone thru the test earlier.
So this score does not seem to reflect my actual performance
But I am confused of the outcome i.e. whether I should
go for the exam or not i.e. to say based on RHE.
Please advise me as I am totally puzzled. I would
appreciate replies from Hundreds of u people out there on
Javaranch. I need a professional help.
Bye,
Praveen Kumar
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Praveen Kumar
Mumbai ,India
email: bades@vsnl.com
[This message has been edited by Praveen Kumar (edited July 28, 2000).]
 
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There is no point in memorizing the answers to the questions of the mock tests. Make sure you have understood the reason as to why you are getting them wrong. As for the scores on your mock test they hardly matter if you are confident about your knowledge of the various concepts. In the real exam, read each question carefully atleast twice before answering it and sit and revise your answers. You'll be surprised as to how much more u can score after a revision.
Sriraj
 
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Hi Praveen,
Do not worry too much about ur score in the mocks. Make sure you
understand where you made mistakes and don't make same mistakes again. Be sure of concepts. That's good enough.
RHE is good book. If you have gine thr' concepts and questions from RHE I think you should be fine.
IMHO there is no point in solving same exams over and over.
Hope this helps.
Good luck to you for the exam!!!
Sarang
 
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Hi Praveen,
IMO, if u realy are too used to all the mock exam questions, (well - u shudnt be getting them wrong then!?)
1. just go thru the list of all the exam objectives, and check out (ask yourself) if u are really comfortable with all those.
2. check out some certification notes ( like carls notes / marcus etc ) .. are there many things which surprize u ?. or r u very comfortable with all the stuff.?
that cud help u checking your readiness if u are not sure bout the mock exam results.
dont intend to discourage u, if i were u, i probably wudnt feel comfortable going to the exam with 55-75% score in the mock exams. esp if that is with many familiar questions. i wud try to sort out the sections in which i was having most errors.
try to analyze the 45-25% of the questions u seem to miss. are they from the topics within the objectives? are they from a particular topic? maybe u need to study those sections from some book again.. and also the RHE chapter.
( some mocks have questions from 1.1 exam objectives like applet/html etc, dont bother if u are missing all that stuff ).. some other exams go into a bit too much of API cramming stuff..
RHE is normally considered the bible for SCJP, but it excludes GridBagLayout and some IO stuff, which is frequently asked about in many mock exams. These are in objectives as well, and if u have based your preperation solely on RHE, and these are the kinda questions u seem to be missing, try to read these from some other source as well.. marcus/some other book - exam cram etc. if u have read RHE thrice, i wud imagine that u shud be very strong in all other areas.
give a couple of more mock exams after all this, and dont answer something bcoz u remember the answer, try to reason out the answer.. see and understand y it is the answer.
cheers,
vivek
 
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