Well, I passed the SCJP 5.0 exam today, with a fantastic 62%. At least it's passing. It would've been much more embarassing to fail it. I was feeling pretty confident about this exam, since I do pretty well on the mock exams, and did 85% and 97% on the K&B exams in the past couple of days. For my study guides, I used K&B 1.4, and the http://java.boot.by/scjp-tiger/ Tiger guide. I sprinkled in other websites and mock exams when I got the chance, but nothing major. Obviously, I didn't study the Tiger guide as much as I should have. The test is so different from the 1.4 mock exams, I may have done myself a disservice by getting ready for 1.4 and then deciding on 5.0. It might have been better to just wait, and study for 5.0. I know, I had a warning when I saw that K&B was going to be changing by like 50%!
Generics were my biggest fault. I thought I felt good about them, and have used them at work, but I didn't study nearly enough on the many tricks you can do with them.
The way the exam was structured didn't help either. The drag-and-drop questions were a killer! Just when I thought that a point-n-click exam couldn't be just like real coding. ;-) I used all of my 3 hours, with no time to really go over marked questions.
I'm not complaining - at least I passed, with no 5.0 study guides on the market. But, this hardly seems worth bragging about.
I do have one question.. one "Task" question I ran into had answers that all referred to Cars and other real-life objects, when the actual question/code had nothing but objects named A, B, and C. This might be a bug. I typed something about this in the Comments section. Do people read those? Who else should I ask/email about it?
There was also another issue I had with that question. I had not answered it, expecting to get prompted for it at the end of the exam. But, I didn't. I think these "Task" questions with the popup-window of drag-n-drops don't get flagged when you don't answer them. Has anyone else seen this? I also didn't like how if you went back to it, you'd have your answers wiped out, and you'd have to re-answer it. But, I can deal with that part.
I was thinking about getting the 25% discount and getting the voucher for SCJD, but these results have my confidence a little shaken. I've never had a score like this. Should I be worried?
Any feedback is appreciated!
[ June 27, 2005: Message edited by: Mike Sanders ] [ June 27, 2005: Message edited by: Mike Sanders ]
Hi Mike Congratulations. I am planning to write SCJP 5.0 somewhere in August.U have opened my eyes. By reading ur post, i am able to estimate the effort needed to pass the examination. pass is pass,past is past Best of luck for SCJD. bye suresh
Hi Mike, Thanks for this post. I was going to attack this the same exact way that you did (I own the K&B v1.4 book and have been studying http://java.boot.by/scjp-tiger/ as well). I agree with the others by saying that "a pass is a pass". You have your SCJP and I don't, so I envy you. I think I am going to wait until the K&B tiger book comes out before scheduling my exam. I pre-ordered this morning!
Also, Suresh and Patrick.. don't be scared off too much by what happened to me. If you study the MZ guide THOROUGHLY along with your K&B, you should be ok. I didn't take the new objectives seriously enough, and I also spent too much time on the old objectives that didn't even appear in my test.
grrr... why didnt i know of javaranch and all these good tips about http://java.boot.by/scjp-tiger/ before I took the test yesterday? Instead I studied like a fool with the tutorials on java.sun.com website. I got 64% so I passed, but still... im bitter =)
talking about the drag-and-drog. U are right. those sucked. whats up with they deleting the answers when wanting to review the questions? In my oppinion thats stupid programming - didnt they hire professionals to program the exam?