Hi all, First of all I would like to thank Dan Chisholm, Marcus Green, www.jiris.com, Valentin Crettaz all of you. I have a programming experience(may be not experience but familiarity) of 3 years in c/c++ and 2 years in java though I used them only for my class projects and my research.I work as a research assitant.I started my preparation 1 month ago and wanted to take it as soon as possible.I Started my preparation around sept 10th 02 as follows .... 1)http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/ 2)bought Bill brodgen Java Exam Cram 3)RHS I have taken a Marcus Green ,John Hunt,BarryBoone mock exams after reading the 3 and scored around 75-80%.At that point I didnt know that there is a discussion forum like this in Javaranch.I used to visit Javaranch for the mock exam list.Then I registered myself and started reading the messages posted in the results section and preparation section every day which increased my enthusiasm.(I was especially intrested in results section ) Then I came to know about JLS and later after some time Dan chisholm tests. I read JLS and tried to answer Dan Chisholm's tests.But I could answer only 5 out of 10 correct in the first section(Each topic of Dan Chisholm has 2-4 sections).Then I went again through JLS and Java API and answered them when I scored 8-10 out of 10. Then I took some mock tests Marcus Greens 2,3 and JavaPrepare exam 80-90.I registered for the exam, -- Oct-14. In the last 5 days I took the Mughal Rasmussen Exam -- scored around 75%.Then I took the mock tests in www.jiris.com on 10th Oct.The 3rd exam was Damn though and it was for SCJP 1.2 and I failed in the exam with 59%.I was totally disappointed as the SCJP exam was only 4 days away.I went again through all the tutorials,API and JLS and took 2nd mock test at jiris.com on 12th and scored only 62%.The exam was only 2 days away and I thought of cancelling the exam which I couldn't as it was saturday(Oct-12). I noted down the mistakes I made in jiris's tests and went through sections again and again.I took Valentin's exam yesterday (Oct-13) and scored 75%. Finally I went through all the notes I have prepared and VeluMurugan's notes leaving behind low scores in the last three I took.I had confidence that I would pass but not with 86%. I thought the exam is at a difficulty level very similar to Marcus Green's exams.Dan chisholm's exams are the best to take when u are going through preparation phase.If u take all of Dan chisholm's tests and understand them u will be scoring fine in the original exam. The jiris.com tests are very difficult but I attribute my success to them as they made me work more and more on the concepts like Threads,Exceptions,Interfaces and Inner classes in the final days.Some of the most difficult questions I felt in the SCJP exam are very similar to the questions in www.jiris.com In the original exam I didnt feel even a single question difficult.May be 1 or 2 Thread questions. But overall I felt the exam was not hard as I thought. I dont say its easy. This is my first time posting message in Javaranch and I thought I could share my experience with those who are going to take the exam. Finally I would like to ask all of the experienced ranchers -- What Next???!!!
Hi Srinivas Battula, I really Congratulations for your passing the exam!!! I am glad to read your story, because not only your preparation is very similar to mine, but your mock scoring. I've read several times sun's tutorial but didn't buy any book. I am trying to understand Dan's all single topic exam. It helped me a lot. I enjoy being known about java and getting some confidence for the exam. Actually I've hesitate between buying some exam materials and keeping on along my way. Now I feel some confidence of my way. I worked as a research assitant in IT world and didn't have much java experience. I am planning to take the exam this or next week due to my schedule.
Congratulations for Passing the exam with such a good score. Thanks for sharing your preparation experience in detail. Could you please tell me, how many short answer questions did you get in the exam?