This week's book giveaway is in the Agile and Other Processes forum. We're giving away four copies of Real-World Software Development: A Project-Driven Guide to Fundamentals in Java and have Dr. Raoul-Gabriel Urma & Richard Warburton on-line! See this thread for details.
Just took the test this morning and got 58/61 right! Also, I've never taken a Computer Science course nor had I written a single line of code prior to mid-January. Big thanks to Kathy and Bert for their book! After a couple intro-to-java type books, theirs was all I needed to do well on the exam. Thanks! I know two of the questions I missed (I was conflicted about my answers so I remembered the problems and checked afterwards): One was a complex loop problem with increments/decrements, continues, etc. My advice on those questions is to TAKE YOUR TIME, check, and recheck your work if you have a few minutes left over. If you know the material, many questions will take you less than a minute. This frees up time for the complex ones. Take advantage of it. I missed another due to just not remembering about particular syntax issue. Eh. Maybe I tried to put too much info in my brain and that piece just fell out.
Peter - Are you kidding ?! 95% after three months of programming in your whole life ? WOW !! I want to know what's in the water you're drinking! Congratulations! -Bert p.s. glad the book helped - not sure you needed it
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posted 16 years ago
Yes, your book did help! What can I say? Once I knew the basics of Java, the book filled in everything else I needed. There wasn't a single thing on the test that wasn't in the book, and there were very few things in the book that weren't on the test! Practice tests was a big help too. Dan's comprehensive tests are hard. Harder than the real thing (I scored mid-sixties in all the ones I took). After three or four of those, the SCJP seemed easy.
Well done Pete, For all those still studying, I just want to back up what Pete said. I too am very new to programing - Dec 2002, and got 88% on the exam. I owe this all (Except for the many hours of study) to Kathy and Berts book. If you know the book inside out, can pass the mock exams (and then restudy the areas you are weak in), then the exam isn't that hard. To give you an indication of the time I spent, I put in 8 hrs study a week for 2 months and I learn pretty quick. Once again, well done Pete. Dave