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Passed SCJP2 with 89% - how I prepared:

 
David Poglitsch
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I studied for one very intense month while I'm temporarily between jobs. Having the free-time to get totally immersed in Java is a very good thing.
Week 1: went thru 2 study guides (RHE and Exam Cram) - about 800 pages.
Week 2-4: mock exams and more mock exams.
The list of mock exams from JavaRanch really good. Be warned that Jaworski's exam is 172 questions in one shot (good way to fry your gourd on an afternoon), though I liked his format and questions.
I also spent time looking through a month's worth of the Programmer Certification postings a few days before I got started to soak up ideas on any common themes, problems, tricks, and just general advice on preparing and studying for the exam.
Thanks to all involved in Javaranch.
Dave Poglitsch
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Sajid Niazi
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Congratulations David !!
You have secured a very good score. Can you please tell us why you went for 1.2 exam when the new 1.4 exam is available from Sun ??

I studied for one very intense month while I'm temporarily between jobs.

Since how long you have been in touch with Java ??

Week 2-4: mock exams and more mock exams.

What were you average scores in the above mentioned mock exams ??
Regards
Sajid Niazi
 
Valentin Crettaz
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Good job David
 
David Poglitsch
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Sajid,
I took 1.2 because all the study guides and mock exams are geared towards 1.2. I figured this gave me a better chance for success.
The Marcus Green exams should give you a good indicator of how you will score on the real exam. On all three of his exams I scored in the upper 80's.
I've had exposure to Java for over 1 1/2 years, but haven't really done much with it. I'm writing a couple of simple game programs right now, which helps distinguish between "book learning" and "actual experience".
 
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