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SCJP 1.5 exam

 
Philippe Saint-Just
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I just passed the 1.5 exam with 93%. This forum helped a lot.

I started out by studying the tutorials available on the sun website, and especially read and re-read the famous generics tutorial. Also the sun API documentation was invaluable (make sure you're looking at the 5.0 version). Finally I took lots of practice exams (thanks to marcus green), including those for 1.4. I found that most 1.4 practice exams focussed mostly on topics that were common to both exams. These will enable you to find out what your weaknesses are and what you might not have learned from general tutorials.
My weakest point on the exam was concerning the API. You NEED to know the formatting classes, the IO classes, the collection classes and java.util.Collections and java.util.Arrays. It is important to know which methods are available to each class and how they work (exceptions they throw, and how they respond to specific arguments e.g., Collections.binarySearch())

Good luck to all

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Congratulations!

Moving to Results forum, where you'll likely get more beerchugs...
 
Deepthi Rallabandi
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Hi Philippe,

Congratulations!!!
That's an amazing score..
 
Jack malvin
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Nice shot Philippe !!!
 
dew foster
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ok first things first - congratulations !
now u must help me philippe.
i wanted to know how different is scjp 1.4 from 1.5 . do u have any idea . i somewhat know about the changes that are made in java 5 but will the questions on other topics be similar to scjp1.4 . as in if i follow the exam guide for scjp1.4 and then read the topics which r new for scjp1.5 is it enough ? i cleared scjp 1.4 but i wanted to take up scjp 1.5 so will brushing up on new topics be helpful or the entire question patterns are changed for scjp 1.5?i have a copy of kathy sierra & bert bates certification book for scjp 1.4 . their exam guide on scjp 1.5 is not yet in the markets - so am sort of lost n in a soup !
could u help or anyone can help ?!
 
Philippe Saint-Just
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Actually, I started out by studying the scjp 1.4 book by sierra and bates. I read it carefully and did the exams at the end of each chapter serveral times.
Then I read the generics tutorial at http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5/pdf/generics-tutorial.pdf. It contains almost all the information you need for that section.

What's really important though is to take as many practice tests as possible. All the information you need for the exam is available on the internet, and the practice tests will let you know exactly what you're looking for.
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Mikalai Zaikin
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Congratz !!!
 
dew foster
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thanks phillipe - now thats helpful for a start !
oops !but the url u typed didn't work . i wanted to know a few more things . the peactice tests that were there in the scjp 1.4 cert book by
k & b - were they of the same pattern as scjp 1.5 (excluding the changes that has been made in scjp 1.5 ). i'm pretty comfortable on 1.4 but i dunno about 1.5 ... i went through the forums n found out that scjp 1.5 is an exam with a twist ! as in u can actually flunk even though u think u r quite confident.
so should i sharpen my knowledge further on scjp 1.4 n take the test or go ahead n take scjp 1.5 . kathy ...bert ....anyone listening ........?!!
 
Philippe Saint-Just
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sorry, the period got added to at the end.
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5/pdf/generics-tutorial.pdf
 
Philippe Saint-Just
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The vast majority of the questions on the 1.5 exam require you to analyze code and determine:
a) whether it works
b) what will make it work
c) what it will print

Furthermore, most of the behavior of the code hinges on small details; you need to learn to pay attention to these. And the best way to do that is to practice (including using 1.4 resources).
try out marcus green's practice: http://www.examulator.com/phezam/selectsubject.php
this page has two small tests: http://www.javabeat.net/javabeat/scjp5/mocks/index.php?page=mock1

Finally, check out these posts:
http://www.coderanch.com/t/251920/java-programmer-SCJP/certification/SCJP-Preparation
http://www.coderanch.com/t/140284/sr/certification/We-Rocked-At-Last-th
http://www.coderanch.com/t/249842/java-programmer-SCJP/certification/tiger-study-resources
 
Philippe Saint-Just
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Whether you want to take the test though is up to you. It is true that it is hard to feel confident about this test since there is so little preperation material. If you can wait till January, I recommend you do so and practice with the K&B practice test book.
 
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