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After 8 days of study...

 
Andy Lee
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I passed SCJP 1.4 with 75%
Not a great score I know, I lost a lot of marks on Threads but when all's said and done I'm happy with the result and the time frame I achieved it in.
Thanks to all the people who assist with questions on this site. I've been lurking here for the past week and some of the topics that have come up for discussion have been very useful in clarifying things.
Best of luck to everyone else taking the exam soon.
Onto SCWCD (and a better score hopefully )
Cheers all
Andy
 
George Dee-Brown
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Congratulations Andy.
How much experience did you have with Java before the 8 days study?
regards,
George
 
Syed bhai
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congrats , it would be more helpfull to all us over here if u could tell us about your approach . Passing the exam in 8 days is wonderfull.
 
Andy Lee
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Sorry for the delayed reply guys,
In answer to your respective questions:
I had been developing using J2EE for 2 1/2 years. However I was made redundant at the begining of last year and took the opportunity to go travelling. When I got back I hadn't even thought about Java, or programming for that matter, for 12 months. On top of this there were facets of the language that I had never really used like the Bitwise Operators and Inner classes. So when I sat down to start revising I have to admit my scores on the mocks and even the Javaranch rules round up games were poor
I bought Kathy and Berts book and downloaded Bruce Eckels Thinking in Java. I then spent a day cramming as many chapters of TIJ as I could until my brain melted then I spent 8 days ploughing through Kathy and Berts excellent guide. I think I clocked 2 chapters a day spread over 6 - 7 hours. Towards the end of my study I was spending most of my time sitting mock exams. (Getting better scores this time)
I think the thing that helped me the most was writing lots of code. Little snippets for every concept I came across which helped make the topics stick in my mind. In the evenings I would take Dan Chisholm's single topic exams and then start crying at the results, turn my PC off and go to bed The next morning I would repeat the tests before I tackled the next chapters.
At the end of the 8 days I booked the exam, took it the day after and passed. If I wasn't in such a hurry to get certified I would have spent longer on Threads. At the end of the day I knew they were my weakest area and I had the most questions on them!! Ah well.
Anyway, I hope my explanation is of some use to you both.
All the best everyone.
Andy
 
Hari Vignesh Padmanaban
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Congrats !!!
Thanks for the tips
 
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