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Passed SCJP 1.4

 
Michael Wright
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I am posting this since I feel indebted to those who previously appended their strategies to this forum. I passed today with 67%.
I do not often use Java, although I took a course in 1997, read Deitel & Deitel in 2000, created a couple of Java prototypes for a client, then gave two Java seminars for that client's employees in 2001. My other technical experience is broad: COBOL, C, C++, etc. etc. over 30 years.
My recent strategy was to read Mughal & Rasmussen. I bought JCertify, but I felt most exercised by Dan Chisholm's mock exams (www.danchisholm.net). I did a couple of JCertify's mock exams, but was irritated that I was required to answer the same question multiple times. I worked through most of Dan's mock exams and studied them carefully, sometimes cutting/pasting the code, compiling and executing (which you can't do with JCertify). I made my own notes (although I had downloaded some others). My notes were taken mostly from Dan's exams and included summary charts on Collections, Wrappers, Outer/Inner classes, Keywords, Operator Precedence, etc. On the day of the exam I reviewed my notes three times.
I was weak in Garbage Collection and Declarations and Access Control, with high marks in Lang Fundamentals, Collections, and Overloading, etc.
My recent effort took about six+ weeks: Mughal & Ras. was about 3+ weeks, mock exams 2+. During this time I had to work an average of about 45 billable hours plus commute. I didn't have any family distractions (no kids under 22). I've been quite focused these past weeks (last weekend studying about 12 hours both Sat & Sun). Reading the stories of many of the high scorers in this forum, I felt inspired and competetive. In spite of my relatively average score, I'm pleased to have passed and am appreciative for the guidance provided by many others in the Java community.
 
Perseus Alcides
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Congrats Wright!
 
Vikas Kaushik
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congratulations Wright and thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with us!!!
Best Wishes
 
Shishio San
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Thx for sharing your experience
 
Valentin Crettaz
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Good job Michael
 
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