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Hi friends,
Yippeee.. and Phew.!! I just cleared the Sun certification exam yesterday. Here are three tips for those who are planning to take the exam. [ Please dont consider this as some patronizing kind of advice, just some sincere facts which i learnt from my experience which i think might be useful.. i learnt so much from this forum,i think i shud contribute something to it..]
These worked for me..
1. You need 20-25 days of concentrated effort before the exam. There SHOULD NOT be a gap in the preparation. If u study for 20 days in February, and dont take the test in March , you will need to re-do atleast 60% of the stuff again in April if u want to take the test in April. Most of the exam related stuff are volatile and I tended to forget them unless i used it . At the end of 25 days u will be just at the peak of your performance and remember all the esoteric things which u just learnt over the past 2-3 weeks. THAT is the BEST time to take the test.
[ this is adequate if u need around 80% in the test. if u are targetting around 90% u may need more preparation..! ]
2. During those 20-25 days visit javaranch daily , read replies to posts and post doubts that you get. The errata on Mock Exams is also invaluable.
3. Take atleast 15-20 mock exams during those preparations. they simulate the test environment and dig out specific test cases. Any question that u dont get in the mock exam, write it down and prepare a sheet of all such stuff. Read it the days just before the exam. Compile all the code that u can, so that u can be sure of the outcome.
The actual test is straightforward. All the topics are covered. There are about 10 questions that require you to choose more than 1 correct answer. and about 7-8 questions that have more than 10 lines of code. Be sure of all the constructors in IO . For threads refer to the excellent topic discussion on Maha Anna's web site. [ i hope i havent infringed on any copyright by doing this..]. IO/Threads and Garbage Collection are the sections to crack 100% as the questions there are predictable. it is do-able, i did it.
And lastly, ALL THE BEST.. MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU :-)
Regards
Ramesh
 
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Congratulations Ramesh
I'm going to move this over to the Certification Results forum.
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Jane Griscti
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform
 
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Thanks. The tips seem realy usefull
 
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Thanks for the valuable tips!
 
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