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I just uploaded the November 16 version of my mock exam to the URL contained in my signature.
The November 16 version offers three exam sets containing alternative organizations of 488 questions. With only a few exceptions, the questions in each of the three sets are the same. The only difference is the organization of the questions.
The best exam set to start with is the
Study Guide exam set. It offers a set of exams that are organized based on the chapters of the book "A programmer's Guide to Java Certification" by Khalid Mughal and Rolf Rasmussen. (Only the chapters relative to the 1.4 version of the exam are covered.) As you work through the study guide chapter-by-chapter, these exams can be used to measure your understanding of the material and identify areas where further review may be helpful. Don't wait until you complete the study guide before getting started with these chapter exams. Instead, you should get started now.
The chapter organizations of other study guides are probably similar to Khalid's book so the above exam set will probably work well for most other books. The small differences could be handled using the more granular or specific "topic Exam" set.
The topic exam set is organized based on the exam objectives for the 1.4 version of the Sun Certified Java Programmer exam, 310-035. The break down of the topics in this exam set is much more specific than the Study Guide exam set described earlier.
The third exam set is organized as a set of 27 comprehensive exams. Each contains 18 or 19 questions selected randomly from all exam topics.
Most of the questions in the three exam sets are the same but there are a few differences.
  • The Study Guide exam set does not contain any assertions questions because Khalid's book does not contain assertions questions. However, the Topic and Comprehensive exam sets do contain assertions questions.
  • The Topic exam set contains a section marked "Optional" that contains some questions on initialization and garbage collection that are interesting but not required. Those optional questions do not appear in the comprehensive exams.

  • Please take a look and let me know what you think.
     
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    I should also mention that this new version of the exam contains a new topic exam that covers interface declarations.
    Another update was the removal of all thread questions related to interrupts. Those questions were beyond the scope of the real exam. Also, I removed the questions that demonstrate how the volatile modifier prevents the corruption of long and double variables. Those were also beyond the scope of the real exam.
    I also removed some garbage collection questions from the comprehensive exam set but left them in the "optional" section of the topic exams. Those were the garbage collection questions that used the finalize method to demonstrate the behavior of the garbage collector. I restricted those questions to the "optional" topic exam section because some users felt that they were too difficult. I left them in the optional section because I still think that they are interesting questions.
    My goal for this most recent update was to produce a new set of comprehensive exams that are more focused on the exam objectives. Even though the November 16 version of the exam contains many new questions, it is the first version of the exam that is actually smaller (by about 10 questions) than the previous version.
     
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    hi dan,
    i attend your study guide and topic exams and i score good marks, but your's and j@whiz questions are totally different, which is closer to real exam, iam not goog enough in j@whiz.
    when i attend your exam iam very confident about the topic's but iam not score good mark in j@whiz,
    now iam attending comprehensive exam, your questions are awsome, thx to provide such a good site, are you planning to add any improved version of 1.4 exam?
    thx,
     
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