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Passed SCJP5 with 91% (and a little recommendation)

 
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Okay, I have to admit I'm disappointed since I wanted to get at least a 95%, but I always make a couple stupid mistakes on exams, so I can live with it. That, and I started learning Java a month ago. Anyway, the real reason I'm posting this is because I'd like to make a little recommendation for those who are trying to decide if they want to go for the 1.5 exam or stick with the 1.4.

By all means, go for the 1.5 exam. When I first started studying, I bought HFSJ, so I could get a handle on the language, and Mughal's 1.4 book. But I got the new K&B SCJP5 book on the first of February and it only took me about eight days to go through it in order to be prepared. While there may seem like a lot of new material on the 1.5 exam, it really isn't too hard to learn since you already have the basics of the language down. Frankly, half of the answers I missed were on concurrency (which I'm usually good at) instead of something like generics (missed one on that portion).

Thanks and good luck.
 
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Congratulations Craig



 
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Congratulations!!!
 
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Hey Craig!

That's a great score, congrats!

Bert
 
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Congratz !!! Great score !!!
 
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hi Craig,

Congrats...
 
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Hello Craig,

Congrats

Thats a good score....

Pradeepa
 
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Congrats Buddy, thats a good score!!! anyway is there any one book that i cud study to get through scjp at 80% or above. im a student and have much academic work.. and my campus interviews are fast approaching... i need to finish it in 2 to 3 months... Anyone can help me out!!! please do soon
 
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Originally posted by bharath kumar narayanan:
anyway is there any one book that i cud study to get through scjp at 80% or above. im a student and have much academic work.. and my campus interviews are fast approaching... i need to finish it in 2 to 3 months...



The SCJP5 book by K&B would serve you well in studying and getting at least an 80%. With 2 to 3 months, you could probably study it at half a chapter per day or so. Make sure to write a lot of little programs (<100 lines) to help you cement your understanding. I'd make notes to myself while reading the book to try something out later in code or to look up something in the API documentation to get a deeper understanding.

The coverage in the book is excellent, so using it as your sole reference will work. The only problem with it (I think) was that there was not an example of using the values() method to iterate through an enum. I might be wrong about that, but I only recall a sentence explaining that the method existed and not to worry about it in that chapter.

Good Luck.
 
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