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Mamta Swain
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Hi All
Yesterday I became SCJP2 with 94%.
Thought of sharing with you little bit about my experience.
I feel Javaranch is a 'MUST' for anybody who is preparing for the exam. Though I have posted just 2/3 questions, I went through past archived discussion quite a lot on this web site. It was really helpful.
I followed Java2 Exam Cram By Bill Brogdan(old one) and ofcourse I did go through various websites for clearing my fundamentals and did a lot of coding/testing myself on each of the concept.
I really appreciate Marcus Green for his remarkable 3 Mock Exams, which I found very close to the actual exam. I had 5-6 questions on Thread out of which 2 were bit tricky. Got around 7-8 questions on I/O (easy if you just know the IO constructors). I got 3 from AWT on FlowLayout, GridBagLayout and Event listener and 1 from UTIL. What I found from the exam is that the most important thing is to clear your fundamental knowledge on OO concepts.
I thank all of you for helping me out in your own wonderful way through this website.
Thanks Again
Mamta
 
Babu Daan
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Originally posted by Mamta Swain:
Hi All
Yesterday I became SCJP2 with 94%.
Thought of sharing with you little bit about my experience.
I feel Javaranch is a 'MUST' for anybody who is preparing for the exam. Though I have posted just 2/3 questions, I went through past archived discussion quite a lot on this web site. It was really helpful.
I followed Java2 Exam Cram By Bill Brogdan(old one) and ofcourse I did go through various websites for clearing my fundamentals and did a lot of coding/testing myself on each of the concept.
I really appreciate Marcus Green for his remarkable 3 Mock Exams, which I found very close to the actual exam. I had 5-6 questions on Thread out of which 2 were bit tricky. Got around 7-8 questions on I/O (easy if you just know the IO constructors). I got 3 from AWT on FlowLayout, GridBagLayout and Event listener and 1 from UTIL. What I found from the exam is that the most important thing is to clear your fundamental knowledge on OO concepts.
I thank all of you for helping me out in your own wonderful way through this website.
Thanks Again
Mamta

Congrats Mamata!
I feel this is a gr8 score.
How did you prepare for the test and how long did you prepare. What did you use(Books and software) for the test preparation.
Regarding IO is it sufficient to know only the constructors. Or do we need to concentrate on some of the important methods( if so can you please give an idea of such methods).
For threads, which book did you follow and what was your score on threads section.
best wishes
Babu!
 
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Congratulations Mamta. All the very best for your future.
Shyam
 
Valentin Crettaz
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Congrats Mamta
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Congratulations !!
Great score.
 
Mamta Swain
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Thanks all of you for your wishes.
For Babu...
First of all I started with Java2 complete reference by Herbert Schildt and Patrick Naughton, which gave me basic idea of Java2. Then I went through 'Thinking in Java' by Bruce Eckel( available free on web). This book gave me deeper knowledge on OO Concepts. I also referred Java Tutorial by Sun.
After that I thought I should go for certification and I bought Bill Brogden's old copy. I gave many mock tests on web. Believe me or not when I started giving mock tests, it was pretty bad scoring for me. Then I knew where my weaknesses were and worked on those points. I took 3 weeks to prepare for test.
My Section analysis
Declaration and Access Control-------------- 100%
Flow Control and exception handling -------- 85%
Garbage Collection-------------------------- 0%
Language Fundmentals ----------------------- 100%
Operators and Assignments------------------- 85%
Overloading,overriding,runtime type and
Object orientation-------------------------- 100%
Threads ------------------------------------ 100%
java.awt ----------------------------------- 100%
java.lang----------------------------------- 100%
java.util----------------------------------- 100%
java.io------------------------------------- 100%
For threads I did lot of coding myself for clearing my concepts ( not writing big big codes but by executing small programs ). Most useful one for me was Java Ranch discussion group. I did a search on 'Thread' on Java Ranch's Java Certification group and got hundreds of archived discussions. I went through quite a lot on them to see how much I myself know about the topic and also it gave me an idea how we get questions on exam. Trust me these archived discussions on Java Ranch helped me a lot.
After giving exam I felt , only by knowing the IO constructor would have suffice for exam. But then you never know what other aspect you will get from IO. So I suggest you should first go through all the basic methods of IO to have an overall idea. And for exam point of view you can stretch your memory on all IO Constructors.
I guess I gave all answers to your questions. Let me know if you have any other question. I will be glad to help.
Thanks
Mamta
 
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