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Good day

I am a Java programmer with 4-5 years experience and decided to do my SCJP certification. Before i received my Sierra and Bates
book, i took the mock exam from the java sun site. I scored 35%. After i have received my book i began to study it, after which 'n
took the java sun test again and scored 29%. I also done a few mock exams from the javaranch faq and then did the certpal exam and got 50% after which i did the java sun exam again and scored 53%.

I feel a bit discouraged and do not know where my problem is, is it in my knowledge of the subject or am i not answering the questions
correctly? I tested some of the questions and most 'n get right.

Can anyone give my a bit of advice?
 
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First thing that I would recommend is that don't give the mock exam on sun's site again. Not because the questions are not good, but because if you give a mock exam more than twice, there's a good chance that you'll memorize the questions and might even score 100% on it. The problem can be either with your concepts or you are unable to understand the questions or you ignore a certain things in the questions. The K&B book contains questions at the end of every chapter. How did you do with those questions. Also the K&B book comes with a set of 3 mock exams, did you try that. If you are not sure about the concepts, then I would recommend that you read the K&B book again. If you know the concepts and just cannot get good score, then you need a lot of practice of mock exams. The real exam has one or more pitfalls on many questions. Sometimes you are following the logic of the program and you don't pay attention to an unhandled exception thus the answer actually is that the program won't compile. If you give a lot of mock exams, you'll all the potential pitfalls in the exam, and you'll have good experience on how to actually look for pitfalls in the questions. Don't let low scores discourage you, just keep going. That's all that I can say...
 
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And welcome to javaranch Johan...
 
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Thanks for the reply

I did fairly good with the end of chapter questions (60% - 80%).

 
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The questions at the end of each chapter in K&B book are fairly tough. If you got 60-80% on the first pass on those questions, then that's a good score (assuming that you didn't peek in the chapter of the book when you solved those questions). But the questions at the end of the chapter focus on the topic you just learned in the chapter, and the questions in mock exams uses more than one concept (i.e. concepts from different chapters). Maybe that's what you are having problem with. Still first of all I would recommend you to go through the K&B book once again. Then try to give topic wise mock exams (a list can be found here). If you score good on them too, and still cannot score good on other non-topic wise mock exams, then that's what you need to concentrate on. You need to be able to apply concepts from different chapters to solve one question...
 
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Be very slow and sure while reading the questions. The mistakes we commomly make is not because we dont understand the topic but because we choose wrongly.
For example in my university exam i wrote a 16 mark question . I started it like this. 3+3=9. The entire question went wrong. So be patient and don't worry if you don't finish within the time limit. The speed will come naturally with more practice.

Okay Never worry that you are not upto the mark.

Everyone is great if they try and give their 100%.

All the best
 
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