It seems a lot of guys around here are scheduled for Oct. 22. Well good luck.. I wish I could add more pointers about the exam, but a lot was already mentioned here in javaranch...and they did appear many times in the exam... So I guess.... I can just try to help by offering some suggestions on the how side of taking the exam...
Don't try to answer each question immediately, instead, try to categorize it first in terms of difficulty. If it is too difficult, mark it down and skip it. If you think you are going to spend a lot of time with the question, skip it. If this means skipping 50% of the questions then so be it. The main reasons why I chose this approach is that, if you try to answer every difficult question that come your way, you tend to get tired/drained easily (information overload), loose morale (specially if tough questions came in a sequence), and lastly, you tend to assume/interpret/mistake easy questions as tough questions (because somehow you tend to generalize the exam as too difficult). Being said, the rule I followed is "answer the easy ones first." Do a lot of skipping, until you reach the last question. This way, you get to have a feel of the overall exam. Another advantage of answering the easy ones first is that it builds up your confidence and morale which can help you answer the more difficult questions later. Anyways, this is just my approach... I'm just sharing... Still it's a good thing to follow whatever works for you...
Also, don't forget to take a break. They will allow you to take a break but your timer will continue to tick. It's ok, believe me, four hours is more than enough in the exam. During the break, don't think about the exam. Just try to clear your mind. It's easier to answer questions more correctly with a clear mind and when you are not under pressure.
I'm so thankful I was able to participate in the SCEA 5 Beta exam (whether I pass or fail, but of course it's better if I pass) for it helped me identify my weak areas. Many thanks to Sun
Good luck to all of us.
P.S. Any more ranchers who were able to register? My last count was 18, that includes me. If you haven't done so, please simply reply here.
[ October 20, 2007: Message edited by: J Vallejo ]