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Suneela Joshi
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Hi All
Since I passed the SCJP with 95%, I thought I would give some pointers
about the exam to everyone who is preparing. I could put this in the
Results forum but the mail is not so much about my results but my
two cents for the people who are preparing for the exam. And frankly,
when I was preparing for the exam, i was not reading the results
forum.
First, I used K&B book and it is the perfect study guide. Keep faith
in the book. After solving a lot of mock exams on the net, you start
to get lost about the scope of the exam. I feel the book has the
perfect scope outlined. Just a couple of days before the exam I was
quite overwhelved and was thinking of postponing because of the scope
issue. At that point, I stopped the mock exams and went through K&B all
over again.
Second, even though mock exams sometimes can confuse you, do as many
of them as you can. I think I solved almost all that were given on this
site.
I studied for about a month, I had very limited Java experience in
real world (though extensive C++ experience). I wrote a lot of small programs for preparing for the exam. When in doubt of any behavior,
write a program to be sure.
Third, there were quite a few interesting questions on Strings and on
Arrays. Collection questions were easy, no need to worry about methods
in the Collections, as specified in K&B. Thread questions were not
too hard. Assert questions were also quite interesting. Do make sure
you understand assertions, the concept is very easy and coming from
C++, I have extensively used assertions but the questions were
quite intersting, not hard but tricky.
Last but not the least, this site is excellent. I would like to thank
everyone who maintains this site. I learnt a lot about the exam and
about the subject from this site.
Good luck
 
Thomas Paul
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Congratulations on the great score! I am moving this to the Certification Results forum.
 
Andres Gonzalez
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congratulations Suneela !!
 
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