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SCJP: It may be winter outside, but...

 
Ren� Star
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... in my heart it's spring. Or, rather, it's summer - lying under a palm tree on a white Carribbean beach.

With all the snow that fell around here, getting to the SCJP exam was almost as tough as taking it. But the end result was more than worth it: 95%! I'm SO proud of myself today :-)

It all started 12 days ago, when I decided to go for SCJP 1.4. Having ample development experience - but mostly in C - I decided to go for Mughal & Rasmussen. It turned out to be a great choice.

It took me six days to get through the book (including all the programming exercises). The next day I took the mock exam from the book to see where I was standing.

By then I knew that I would pass the exam, but now the REALLY hard part started. When I started studying, I set myself the goal to go for a 90% score. I think it really helps to set yourself a high target, as it makes you work really hard in order to completely understand everything.

I did a couple of the free mock exams available. Most helpful for me were the exams by Dan Chrisholm. The really helped me to identify the points, that I THOUGHT I knew when in practice I didn't comprehend them fully. Definitevely a humbling experience.

In between I re-read the book, but now much faster, scanning through the chapters and focussing on things I was unsure about. And learning all the method specs, of course (it really helps if you are 100% sure that finalize is defined as 'protected void finalize() throws Throwable', for instance).

Yesterday I made the 2 Whizlab practice exams available from the Mughal&Rasmussen book. They are really great in giving you a feeling of how the real exam works. And they gave me back my confidence that was somewhat crushed after the 'Chrisholm experience'. After that I took some time to relax and watch telly, reloading my batteries for the real deal.

This morning I took a quick look at the method definitions again before getting up. After that, I felt I was ready.

Thanks to all, who helped me achieving this great result: Mughal and Rasmussen, everyone who has created one of those great mock exams on the net, and of course all who wrote questions and answers in the SCJP forum.

But now I'm off to enjoy the sun, ahum, I mean snow. And that smile on my face won't go away for a few days, I'm sure ...
 
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congratulations to you and enjoy yourself!
 
trivikram Kumar
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Hi Rene,

Hearty Congratulations!!!
That was a wonderful job..

I am about to take my SCJP exam...in a couple of days..
Even i read Khalid Mughal..
Are the real exam questions..similar to that in Khalid Mughal...??
I do not have time now to go through K&B.
So what r the chances of scoring when u r perfect with Khalid Mughals book...??
Can u give me some details about the exam and the comparision between Khalid and real exam...i am very very eager to know that...

Thanks in advance..

All the best for all your future exams!!!
 
Nicholas Cheung
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Well done!

What's next?

Nick
 
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Thank you all. Next I'll probably go for the SCBCD.

S javainn, the real exam is easier than the one in Mughal. It is about the same as the two practice exams from Whizlabs.

If you know Mughal by heart, you should be able to pass the exam with an 80% + score. How well you actually fare, depends as much on your analytical skills as on your knowledge of the exam objectives.

Make sure you completely understand multi-threaded programming. This is by far the most difficult concept covered by SCJP. I was lucky to have done lots of serious multi-threaded programming in a previous life. From my own experience and from what I read on the ranch, this topic is used a lot in the exam.

One last tip: take as many mock exams as possible. Studying the book gives you the basics to succed, but practice makes perfect.

Cheers,
Ren�
 
trivikram Kumar
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hi Rene,

Thankyou for your valuable suggestions..
I found the test in Mughal quite ok..
I did around 10 -12 mock exams ..
I think they should be sufficient.
You have really build up my confidence levels...

All The Best For SCBCD also..

Hope to see you with a high score even in this exam...

S Javainn
 
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