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Gave SCJP1.4 today. My views and study strategy.

 
Gaurav Sahni
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Hi all ranchers!
i gave the SCJP1.4 today and cleared it with 74%. Would like to thank this site the most for my success. It was the only site i followed on the net.
The exam was pretty simple. not as tough as i was expecting. i was scoring about 75-80% on most of the exams including the marcus green etc and was therefore in a dilemma, whether to give the exam or not. i then decided some 2 days back, that it is now or never and hence finally gave it.
My views and the study strategy:
1.Completely study all the topics related to exam and build up the concepts by taking up any good book. I used Khalid and Rasmussen which was pretty good.
2. Pay attention to the topics newly introduced in 1.4 .(Since it is likely that u would be studying from the book which does not contains them). Don�t put them for the end
3.The key to preparation is to identify the topics u are weak at. After completely studying all the topics, I gave a few mocks. And it took no time for me to understand that I am pretty weak at Threads and GC. So put a special focus on it and it essentially paid off. (There were surely 7-8 questions about Threads in the exam in which I did v.well)
4.http://javaranch.com/mock.jsp - there are millions of places providing u with mock tests. Bookmark this page for actually good links and follow them only. Don�t get distracted.
5.marcus green mocks - every one says they are excellent and I too don�t differ. The questions here are actually quite similar to the actual exam.
6.A very good link on tips and traps to be aware of. U cannot afford to miss it.
http://www.javaranch.com/maha/Discussions/Other_interesting_Discussions/Traps_to_be_aware_of_in_any_SCJP_test_________-_JavaRanch_Big_Moose_Saloon.htm
( My sincere thanks to Mr. Ajith Kallambella . his comments were wonderful in this thread. Also u, Junaid Bhatra thanx !)
7.http://www.javaranch.com/maha/Resources/CarlsNotes.txt - real good notes. I read them in the morning, just before leaving for the exam center.
8.Javaranch Roundup Game � take it on the day before u are giving the exam. And it will help u in remembering a lot of things.
9.http://javaprepare.com - another good site giving u a lot of practice material.
10. Don�t panic. and sleep well!

All the best�.
Gaurav.
(Remember, every thing started from an Object!)
 
Nishu Batra
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Congratulations Gaurav. Job Well done. Thanks for all your tips. I am newbie trying to learn here. Am preparing hopefully would be appearing for the exam in a month or so hopefully sooner. Looking at all the posts makes me feel better. But fingers crossed. Will keep everyone informed and contributing.
Do you have any other suggestions for someone just starting to prepare for the exam.
Please let us know.
--Thanks
 
Valentin Crettaz
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Moving this to the results forum. Please continue the discussion there. Thank you
Nishu,
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Gaurav Sahni
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Nishu,
thanx for ur wishes. i hope u will also pass out with flying colors. i also, came across this site about 1.5-2 months back, when i started my preps. and became a regular of it. what i would like u to suggest is that cover all the topics rigourously first. do not hurry for the mocks. while studying, u may constantly feel the urge to appear for the mocks and see the results. however u gotta resist the temptation untill u are totally convinced that u have revised all the topics atleast once. it will approx. take u a month. then spend about 15 days giving mocks, analysing results and revising. thats it. u can download the study notes from this site and study them side-by-side with your book.
all the best.
and stay
gaurav.
 
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