Wow, I really thank God that I can pass this exam (4 years since I started thinking about it). I have absolutely no confidence in entering the exam this morning due to the low scores that I got when I do the mock exams.
I got 77% (passing score is 65%), which is not too bad. As expected I performed poorest on API and then OO was my 2nd weakest point. I was expecting to perform badly on Generics and Concurrency, but I did pretty well on those two.
I use mock exams from the book SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065 and an exam prep package from Whizlabs. The actual exam is considerably easier than from the aforementioned mock exams (Whizlabs is harder than the SCJP). I want to blog about the my experience (read rant) using those two tools, they both are excellent in content but the content delivery falls short from my expectation.
I should’ve done this a long time ago. If I had done it closer after being graduated from uni perhaps I wouldn’t have to wait for years to get a programming job. I remember during at least 2 job interviews (HP and CBA) where I was asked why I didn’t get a certification given the fact that I couldn’t get a job in IT for awhile – and I couldn’t answer – at that time I thought certification was worthless especially for a new graduate without work experience.
Anyway, I am happy and thankful, my wife and my boys puts up a lot when I studied for the exam, now I will have more time to spend with them.