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Passed SCPJ2 : preparation overview

 
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I passed SCPJ2 1.2 today 01/06 with 71%. I am a bit disapointed with my score, but the questions were hard in general.
I wanted to share my preparation, since I learned a lot by reading other people posting their exam experience on this site.

/* Why 1.2 ? */
The reason is that I have been reviewing for over a year and I did not want to loose the time spent on AWT and IO.

/* The preparation : */
I have been using the following books for my study : RHE, Mughal's, Thinking in Java, Exam Cram, Java2Bible. Also Sun on-line JVM doc.
My favorite is Mughal and R.Rasmussen's book.

Once I was done with the reading, I took the mock exams from all those books + the 3 of Marcus + JavaCaps + JCertify. The scores were between 60% and over 90% towards the end. However, last friday, I scored 72% on Marcus #1 which was amaizingly close to my % on the real exam.
During the reading and the mock process, I made a lot of little programs to test topics that were unclear to me.

As a last review tool, I used Marcus's Certkey syllabus, and part of Velmurugan's note (do not miss the potential tips/traps from Ajith Kallambella).

/* The exam : */
As expected, a lot of Thread questions and OO related concepts.
Some tricky questions regarding AWT and reference casting.
IO questions were easier than expected.

/* Thanks ... */

... to Marcus, Dan Chisholm's advices (sorry I was running out of time to take your mock, but I will) and to all the people from JavaRanch.
Good luck to everybody taking the test.
 
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Congrags.. Thanks for the tips...
 
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nicely done!
 
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Congratulations!
 
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Nice shot Jean-Loup
 
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Congratulations Jean-Loup!
 
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Congratulations on passing and thanks for the feedback and name check.
Marcus
 
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Congrats!!!
- Manish
 
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Congratulations Jean!
N'joy !!
 
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