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Hurrah! Passed SCJP2 today

 
SRV Gopal
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Hey Guys,
I have great news today for you all. I passed the SCJP2 exam today on the first attempt, although I scored only 62% (Yeah, just barely made it, I know). But nevertheless, a pass is a pass, and I am relieved that all my hardwork didn't go waste. My special thanks to all the guys at Javaranch who helped me in this success story, especially Maha Anna's resource page, Velmurugan's study notes, Marcus Green's Mock exams, etc.
I will be available a whole lot more on this site henceforth, and will be more than glad to share anything that I know with who ever is preparing for the SCJP2 exam.
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S.R.VenuGopal, SCJP2
 
ersin eser
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Good for you and this belong to Cert results ...
 
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Congrats, Sodiambakkam
Feel the success?? hehheehee..

 
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Congrats Venugopal...
Good Luck

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Ashik Uzzaman
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Congrats Venugopal, u have done the job man...
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SRV Gopal
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Hi Ersin,Fei,Shyamsundar,Ashik,
Thanks a lot guys. Appreciate it.
-Venu
 
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Good job Sodiambakkam
Congrats and good luck for the future
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Hi ..Congrats.
Score is Immaterial.The main thing is that now are A"Sun Certified Programmer" am i right?..
Can u please share with me your experience of giving the exam, as i am appearing next month.
I am very much tensed for the exam.Frankly speaking my concepts are not that clear..i am very weak at the thread, i/o, fundas etc...At present i m referring through RHE and the mocks.U think this much is sufficient for the exam?/.please let me.,
How were the questions at the exam.What was your reaction when u saw the questions..what topic should be given more imporatnce n stuff..please let me know..
Sonir Shah
 
SRV Gopal
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Valentin,
Thanks a lot.
Sonir,
Sorry for the delay in response ... but you know I had put away a lot of my responsibilities coz' of the exam preparation and I had a lot of catching up to do on the personal and work front. Anyway, coming over to your questions/queries, I will narrate my experience:
Firstly, do not get tensed at all. There's absolutely nothing to be gained by being tensed and nervous. In fact you will surely not do well in the exam if you let all these emotions to overcome you. Make it a practice to remain calm and composed under all circumstances. Its easy for me to say it now. But believe me, I was in the same shoes as you are now in. And I told to myself that being nervous and getting worked/tensed up is not getting me anywhere. So whenever I used to start feeling the tension, I would try to divert myself into something that made me forget about the entire stuff (for a short while of course), by watching my favorite show on TV or listening to music or a short walk in the park or even in silent prayer. So I would suggest something on those lines. But the important thing to remember is that you shouldn't lose your focus and let the tension work against you. In fact make it work FOR you. Good Luck on this front!
According to me, it is not sufficient to read just RHE. You can use this book (which I did) or Khalid Mughal's for the final 3 weeks of exam cram. But to get concepts clarified and get a grip of the fundamentals, you would need to study from other sources/books. I referred a lot to java.sun.com site and I also read couple of other authors before referring RHE (notably, Herbert Schildt's certification book and Deitel & Deitel's Complete Java 2 Reference). It is even more the case if you aren't working in the Java field, since a lot of fundas become clear only by extensive self coding or if you are already in the Java field working.
Once you feel you are confident about the concepts, then cram thru' RHE once and take the mock exams, specifically Marcus Green's (which is of pretty good standard compared to actual one) and gauge your performance. Then based on the weak points on the mock exam results, prepare more. I know its a lot to do and you have very less time on your hands. But this is what I did and I made sure I was doing decently good on all the important mock exams (I was averaging 80% and above in most of them) before I went ahead and purchased the voucher and set the date for the exam.
About the exam itself, the questions are on the expected lines based on the mock exams. I never had the time to take the more difficult mock exams like Barry Boone's and Khalid Mughal's. But in hindsight I feel I should've taken them and that way I would have been able to score better in the real exam. But one word of caution !!! The real exam is not easy, but neither is it too difficult to pass. But to score above 85%, you must have done your homework thoroughly. There is surely scope for making mistakes in the exam questions since more than one choice seem to be the correct answer (for exactly one right answer) and other choices appear to be correct too (for multiple correct answers).
According to me all topics (i.e all 13 chapters in RHE) are equally important. Remember you are preparing not only to get certified, but also to be a future Java Developer/Architect. So do not omit any chapters if possible. Because this knowledge will surely come to use in future.
As far as my reaction to the questions, I was kinda glad that I took so many mock exams, because I had got used to the pattern and I was able to finish the exam in about 1hr 10mins and used the rest of the time to revise. But remember however early you finish the exam, even on your second run thru' the questions, there is less chances of your making a drastic impact on the overall result. Because you either know or don't know. But make use of all the time at your disposal.
I hope I have been able to answer to your queries satisfactorily. Let me know if you need anything else.
Regards,
Venu
 
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Congrats, Venu. A pass is a pass. Your now a SCJP2 guy. Good Luck on your success.
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SRV Gopal
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Hi Donald,
Thanks
Venu
 
sonir shah
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Hi Sodiambakkam Venugopal..
Thanx alot for giving me all the required suggestions.
I know that i need to refer more than one book. but the thing is that now only 1 month is left for the exam and at this moment of time I cant afford to open another book.What u say??
I have the JQ+ software.Along with RHE i will definetely do that.
But Frankly speaking i not able to understand RHE itself. I mean the language n stuff.things are getting damm difficult for me.
Kindly help..Waiting for yr reply.
Sonir Shah
 
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Hi Sodiambakkam Venugopal..
Thanx alot for giving me all the required suggestions.
I know that i need to refer more than one book. but the thing is that now only 1 month is left for the exam and at this moment of time I cant afford to open another book.What u say??
I have the JQ+ software.Along with RHE i will definetely do that.
But Frankly speaking i not able to understand RHE itself. I mean the language n stuff.things are getting damm difficult for me.
Kindly help..Waiting for yr reply.
Sonir Shah
 
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Hi sonir,
The First point of Venu is obsolutely right. coz, i faced this when i am doing some mock test. i lost around 6 Q coz of this.
next is over looking the Question. U should be careful about this. I got 2 Questions in Threads which are same except one is sychronize and the other one not non-sychronized. there the out put might change.
Good luch for the Exam.
~Kumar
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SRV Gopal
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Sonir,
RHE book is purely for certification purpose. Its not meant to be used for learning the Java language. If you have directly dived into RHE, then that was a mistake. Because the book assumes that you have prior knowledge of Java and simply assists you in cramming for the certification exam in a very concise and systematic manner. So as I told you in my earlier mail, you should read a more comprehensive book to understand Java concepts before going thru' RHE. Well, since there is hardly much time left for you, frankly I don't know what to say. Is there a chance for you to re-schedule the date? Or is your voucher expiring next month? Accordingly take decision. Good Luck once again!
Venu
 
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hi .
yes my voucher is expiring on 31st of Jan 2002.As far as i feel there is very little time left.so please suggest me what shoudl i do.cannot postpone the exam.need your helpful advices urgently.
Thanx ...
sonir shah
 
SRV Gopal
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Sonir,
You said 31st of Jan 2002. Thats like 2 1/2 months almost from now. I would say thats a good enough time for preparation, but you have to slog at least 4-6 hours every day without fail. In fact, I crammed hard only for 2 months, that too, during week days, could cram only 2hrs daily, and week-ends, something like 6 hrs. So it is definitely possible. If you are finding hard to understand concepts, take a more simple book, like 'Just Java2' or 'Thinking in Java'. According to lot of people in the javaranch forums, 'A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification' by Khalid Mughal & Rolf Rasmussen is supposedly the best book. See if you can lay your hands on any of these books. And, its better to get going than waiting or thinking since time is fast running out ... Just do it! Good Luck again!

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