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Completed SCJP with 93%

 
Sekhar Kadiyala
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Hi Guys,
I have completed the SCJP 1.4 with 93% this morning (57 out of 61 Qs). Surprisingly i missed questions on Arrays and declarations, which i thought i was strong in.
Per my agreement with Sun, i shouldn't be discussing the questions here, so i just want to tell you guys that please make sure you try all possibilities relating to those.
Now coming to my preparation, I referred K&B, ExamCram, and of course our own Javaranch.com and the mock exams sites posted in Javaranch.
I don't need to reiterate it again, but K&B is the best bet for this exam. Except for some weird combinations, nothing goes out of this book.
For any given chapter, first i used to quickly browse thru Examcram to get the basic idea of that chapter and then i used to read K&B. I have given a total of 3 readings to K&B including yesterday and trust me on this, it's THE best.
Everyday, irrespective of which chapter i planned to study, i used to quickly browse keywords table, collection classes diagram (K&B, i updated that chart with few more things), Operator precedence table (Exam Cram) and Wrapper classes table (K&B). It all takes just 10-15 minutes for you to go thru, but these tables come really handy in the exam.
For the last 3 weeks, i played the Rounds game regularly twice a day and it really improved my concepts. In the last week I was scoring 100% almost all the times.
And another reason for my success is all you people. Some of the questions posted here really helped me in understandings the concepts thoroughly (i still remember one question which was discussed here last week about overriding and overloading method invocations).
My next target is SCWCD.
Thank you Kathy and Bert, for your wonderful book.
Thanks for all your help, guys. Keep going!
 
Hari priya
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Hi Sekhar -
Since you have recently taken the exam, you might solve my problem.
I am taking the java certification exam by sun (310-035) in a couple of days. However, I am having a question with regards to the presentation of code in the exam. If the code sarts from line 1, and does not start with a class declaration then should I consider it as the beginning of the code (in which case the compilation fails)?
Example:
1. int a=0;
2. public void foo(){
3. System.out.println("Foo");
4. }
as opposed to
1. public class A{
2. int a=0;
3. public void foo(){
4. System.out.println("Foo");
5. }
6.}
Please clarify me regarding this.
Regards.
Radha
 
kalpana appala
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Hi Sekhar
Congrats Its a very good score.
 
Sekhar Kadiyala
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Thanks Kalpana!
forjava (Sorry i don't know your name!!),
Most of the times it's true that if line numbers start from 1, it is complete piece of code.
Same time, Sun also declared that (you will be presented this just before taking this exam), 'Don't assume any missing piece of code as the reason for any of the compiler errors'
You have to assume that everything else is okay, but there might be problem with the given piece of code (if at all).
Hope this helps.
Regards,
 
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Congratulations,
 
Satish Avadhanam
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Hi Sekhar, Nice Shot!! Congrats
Good Luck on SCWCD
 
Sekhar Kadiyala
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George/Satish,
Thank you!!
 
Hari priya
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Thank you Sekhar for clarifying my question and congrats on getting a good score.
Radha
 
Hari priya
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Thank you Sekhar for clarifying my question and congrats on getting a good score.
Radha
 
Sekhar Kadiyala
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Hi Radha,
Good luck with your exam.
 
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Sekhar,
93% is fantastic, we're glad the book helped !
Bert
 
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