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when is the good time to take K&B Master exam/mock exams?

 
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I have finished reading K&B book but not feeling confident to take the Master Exam.
so I re-read couple of chapters, coding then I found some other things that I didn't pick up during my first reading.

so when should I finish reading the book/material??
also what is the best way to memorized some APIs such as printf arguments?

thanks all
 
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Hi Tony,

I'm in a similar boat to you: I've read the K&B book once, although I did it over a largish time frame. I'm going through it on a second pass, and I'm surprised at all the stuff I've forgotten.

Maybe you could skim through all the "two-minute drills" in K&B, and if you think you know most of it, you could try taking one of the K&B Master exams, and see how you score. If you pass comfortably, then you can probably stop studying and take the exam; otherwise, study some more, and repeat

Regarding APIs, I know where you're coming from: I hate memorising it (in real life, I'd much prefer to rely on my IDE and/or Google). Advice I've heard includes: writing lots of example code, flash cards and mnemonics.
 
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For what it's worth, when Kathy and I were studying for the SCJP we used a LOT of flashcards - we focused them on the areas where we were least confident, and we took them everywhere. In addition to using them to drill yourself, the act of making them is a good way to help the memorization process.

Good luck,

Bert

p.s. I have to admit that I forget a lot of the details over time also But that said, what sticks in my mind are the concept under the details, so I know when I better go recheck the API I guess the point is that you can probably over-study - the exam creation team doesn't really want thousands of people walking around with random bits of API stuck in their brains - we're hoping that once the exam is over, what you'll remember are the concepts you'll need to efficiently read and use the API. So, here are the steps:

- get the concepts
- memorize the details
- take the exam fairly quickly, before you forget the details
- relax, and notice how the important concepts stick around, even if the details fade
 
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Originally posted by Bert Bates:
LOT of flashcards ....

- take the exam fairly quickly, before you forget the details



Thanks Bert by giving us your tips.

but what we should write down in flash card?
a small section of printf arguments for example?
should we type and print them or just by hand?

What I do now is make summarize of important sections or tricky questions.

I don't have the time frame, just read chapter by chapter in my spare time that might cause I forget the details
 
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