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This Competency Exam tests your mastery of the objectives for the courses that make up the Java Fundamentals series:

  • Introduction to Java
  • The Basics of Java Programming

The exam is divided into separate parts, one for each course in the Java Fundamentals series. Successfully completing all parts of the exam demonstrates your understanding of Java fundamentals and your proficiency in the skills required to code basic Java programs.

Approximate time to complete all parts of the exam:1 hour

Recommended Uses

This Competency Exam was designed as a mastery test for the Java Fundamentals series. We recommend that you take the exam after you complete the series. Alternatively, you can take the corresponding portion of the exam when you complete each course.

Another use for the Competency Exam is as a pretest. Depending on your previous experience and training, you may feel that you already know the material covered by a given course. If this is the case, you should take the exam corresponding to that course. If you successfully complete the exam, you can skip the course, confident that you have already mastered the skills it teaches.


The exam automatically evaluates your performance and reports how you did. To "pass" the exam, you must successfully work at least 80% of the exercises corresponding to each topic. If you score less than 80%, you will be directed to the appropriate course for review.


The Java Fundamentals series, including this exam, is intended for IBM i programmers new to the Java programming language. It can also be taken by anyone wanting a basic introduction to Java.


All courses in this series assume that you are familiar with computer programming concepts. In order to satisfy this prerequisite, you should have some programming experience with another programming language.

These courses also assume that you have a working knowledge of basic IBM i concepts and facilities. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the courses in the following series: