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Passed SCJP 1.4 with 93% - study notes

 
Rich Taylor
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Just passed the 1.4 exam this morning with a 93%, nice to have it over with.

Thanks to everyone on the forums, huge help.

For people working towards this certification, here's my "story":
- I've been doing Java development for a few years now. So I know Java but had become fairly dependant on my IDE for syntax / basic error checking and had never learned many Java intricacies (i.e. odd inner classes and casting rules)
- Studied the K&B book for approx. 3 weeks, few hours each night. Read each chapter then did chapter tests. Occassionally went back to reread the 2 minute review sections.
- Once I was done with the book I moved to the following mock exams, the week before the test:
http://www.javaranch.com/roundup.jsp (85%)
http://www.4tests.com/exams/examdetail.asp?eid=61 (92.5%)
http://www.jchq.net/phezam/login.php (91%)
and a few others but these were the best for me.
- I also spent a few days browsing these forums, looking at questions people posted, trying to determine the answers, this was very helpful.
- Night before the test I reread all the 2 minute review sections in K&B, stressed a bit, then got a good night's sleep.
- The test took me about 90 minutes to finish, taking my time. I took the last 30 minutes to recheck all answers.

As others have found as well, my test score was very similar to my score on Marcus Green's mock exam (http://www.jchq.net/phezam/login.php)

Now onto 1.5 and SCJD.

Cheers and good luck,
Rich
 
Bastin Gomez.H
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Congrats!!!

Good Score...

Enjoy
 
Mikalai Zaikin
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Congratz !!!
 
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