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Cleared SCJP 1.4 After 11 Days of Studying!

 
Frank Sun
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(Previous Java experience: none. Previous on-the-job programming experience: 10 years. Degree: MS in CS) Final score today: 93%.
I started (7/12/2003) with "Sam's Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days" , going through SCJP relevant chapters (did all the examples), that took 2 1/2 days. Then I went through "Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide" by Heller & Roberts, which took another 2 1/2 to 3 days. Then the final 5 - 6 days were devoted to Sierra & Bates book and mock exams. My typical mock exam scores were between 70%-80%. I always missed several questions because of the speed I was going through them (30 minutes for a 60 question exam).
My typical day was: 2-3 hours in the morning, 3 hours in the afternoon and 2-3 hours in the evening. I was taking time off for the past week and half.
For exam coverage, I feel Heller & Roberts book covers enough. However, without the detailed and humorous explanation in the Sierra & Bates book, I'd have a much harder time understanding certain concepts, which then would force me to remember too much stuff.
Of course, I want to thank everybody at JavaRanch for sharing information.
Next up: SCWCD. We'll be doing a JSP project. Can you say "learning on the job"?
 
Paul Zill
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Dang! You just too cool for school!
So how many days for the scwcd . . . I'll say you can do it in 5 days
Congrats on your excellent score and super absorbing powers.
 
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Shifang -
Congrats! great score
Thanks for using our book!
-Bert
 
Frank Sun
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Bert,
Thanks. I wish you guys had written a SCWCD book. I've just started reading the Deshmukh/Malavia book this afternoon. It looks to be very good, but not much humor. I'm spoiled!
 
Gene Temple
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Thanks for the motivation. I recently finished the 'Head First' book (loved it - my first exposure to Java) and am now in the Sierra/Bates exam prep book. (Lovin' it also...) Fine books, I'll post results when I 'ave 'em.
GsT
 
Jessica Lang
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Like Gene, I am very much inspired too....
 
Billy Tsai
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It took me over 3 weeks to prepare with full time and thats after I have completed my BSc information systems specialisation.
 
Tong Chen
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congratulations to you!
 
Bert Bates
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Shifang -
We think the Deshmukh book is good! But if you get maybe a dozen different certifications between now and the end of the year, we WILL have an SCWCD cert. book out by then, covering the new version.
Again, congrats.
-Bert
 
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