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oluwayomi adegoju
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All,
I passed SCJP2 today with a modest 83%. Many thanks to all those who helped to keep this site alive.
I will certainly not go away. I will contribute to help others qualify.
This has certainly become necessary for me because of the intimidation I faced during the exam.
I am based in Nigeria, everyone arround where I took the test were all for Microsoft Certification in one thing or the order. No Java guys arround. I then decided to contribute my own quota to promoting this beautify language in Nigeria. Javaranch will certainly be useful in doing this.
On the exam proper:
Lessons learned
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* If you concentrate too much on your weak areas you may loose grip on your strong areas. The point is, if you are weak on io do not over prepare such that you loose grip of lang fundamentals. I think this affected me. I seems to over prepare for threads and io. I scored 100% in this area and scored lower on areas which I was hitherto better.

You can pass
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Do no wait too long, once you start getting 78/80% in mock exams go ahead and write. Except you want to show off with 98%. Remember that this is just the begining. For you to do something useful with java you will need other areas outside the scope of the certification (e.g swing, jsp, servelets etc)
Mock exams
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Be careful of the bad effects some mock exams may give you. Some are really off the certification style so do not over duell on them. I will rate Marcus green's mock very high. The mock exams in Simon Roberts et al book is also very close to the exam.
Some areas
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io. This is not as difficult as many have reported. Just know the constructors. Know the descendant hierachy.
thread. Very trikish. You must write codes and observe them work. It is too easy to miss thread questions since the codes are usually long and this can be intimidating. Practise well.
Yes you can all make it.
My next steps: Likely J2EE using EAServer and PowerJ.
-- Greetings from Nigeria, Africa --
Sam
 
Dhaval Gandhi
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How can I get Mock Exam Test ??
Dhaval.
Originally posted by oluwayomi adegoju:
All,
I passed SCJP2 today with a modest 83%. Many thanks to all those who helped to keep this site alive.
I will certainly not go away. I will contribute to help others qualify.
This has certainly become necessary for me because of the intimidation I faced during the exam.
I am based in Nigeria, everyone arround where I took the test were all for Microsoft Certification in one thing or the order. No Java guys arround. I then decided to contribute my own quota to promoting this beautify language in Nigeria. Javaranch will certainly be useful in doing this.
On the exam proper:
Lessons learned
---------------
* If you concentrate too much on your weak areas you may loose grip on your strong areas. The point is, if you are weak on io do not over prepare such that you loose grip of lang fundamentals. I think this affected me. I seems to over prepare for threads and io. I scored 100% in this area and scored lower on areas which I was hitherto better.

You can pass
------------
Do no wait too long, once you start getting 78/80% in mock exams go ahead and write. Except you want to show off with 98%. Remember that this is just the begining. For you to do something useful with java you will need other areas outside the scope of the certification (e.g swing, jsp, servelets etc)
Mock exams
---------
Be careful of the bad effects some mock exams may give you. Some are really off the certification style so do not over duell on them. I will rate Marcus green's mock very high. The mock exams in Simon Roberts et al book is also very close to the exam.
Some areas
-----------
io. This is not as difficult as many have reported. Just know the constructors. Know the descendant hierachy.
thread. Very trikish. You must write codes and observe them work. It is too easy to miss thread questions since the codes are usually long and this can be intimidating. Practise well.
Yes you can all make it.
My next steps: Likely J2EE using EAServer and PowerJ.
-- Greetings from Nigeria, Africa --
Sam

 
Vijay, Bakshi
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Dear Oluwayomi,
Congratulations!!!
Thanks for the sound advice, it does make a lot of sense & thanks for the motivation.
Vijay

 
Jane Griscti
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Congratulations oluwayomi
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Jane
The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.
-- Dorothy Parker
 
oluwayomi adegoju
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For the fellow asking about mock exams, the following is a place to start http://www.javaranch.com/maha/_Mock_Exams/_mock_exams.html
 
shree vijay
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HI,
Congrats!!! I think your words do make a lot of sense and sound practical.
Best Wishes,
Shree
 
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