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I failed miserably on my first mock test. What do I do now?

First thing is do not worry. It is ok. We know countless number of people who failed in mock tests in the beginning and then passed the real exam. This is not an extraordinary situation but a very normal one. In fact, this is exactly why you use the mock exams - to find out gaps in your knowledge before the real exam finds them!

Here is what you should do -
  1. Stop taking more tests. You will be tempted to take the next test to sooth your hurt ego but don't do that. It will only waste a mock test which you will need later.
  2. Get back to the basics
    • Failing with a very low score means you have serious gaps in your knowledge. Your concepts are probably too shaky. You need to clear your mind and go through a good book again (the same one or a different one).
    • While reading, you must write a lot of small code snippets to try out the concepts learned. On an average, you should expect to write one 5 line program per page of the book. If you are short on ideas, just wrap the code given on a page into a main method and execute it. Try changing variable names, try changing access modifiers, go through JavaDoc and try some other similar method from the API.
    • Always use command line and notepad for writing test programs. Make javac and java your best friends for the next couple of months. Do not use IDEs because the real exam requires you to be a human compiler to some extent and using an IDE will not prepare you for that.
    • Pay close attention to the error messages generated by the compiler and the exception stack traces printed while running a program. They give you a very good description of the problem. You will learn a lot from these messages.
  3. Move to the next test
    • When you are comfortable with the content, try the next Standard Test. Try to do it with in the time limit. Your goal should be to pass this test. And if you followed the previous step correctly, you will pass it.
    • After the test, go through the explanation for each question. Find out what you missed and why. Read up on topics in which you scored less.
    • Take the next test. Your score should increase with each test. If your score is reduced substantially, then there is something wrong in the way you are preparing. You should go through some other book first.
    • Take all the tests one by one, preferably with gap of 2-3 days to go through the topics on which you scored less.
    • Ideally, you should start passing the mock tests after the first 2 or 3. This tells you that you are doing good and are now ready for the real exam.

Best of luck!
Enthuware Team.

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