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Passed SCJP 5 with 83%

 
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Hi Ranchers!
I've passed the exam. My score details was:
100% in "Declarations, inizialization and scoping"
75% in Concurrency
80-81% in other topics

Here's my exam preparation history:
- I haven't any Java programming professional experience; only very few experiences in C++, but I "felt in love" with Java while reading an IT newspaper on the Marina di Ravenna's beach (near my town)
- I'm Italian and I'm not very good in English (this don't help in studying books in English..)
- I've started to study fundamentals of the language with Deitel, Eckel and Schildt books (K&B 5 wasn't available yet). I think the Eckel's book (thinking in Java) is excellent for basic and advanced Java topics, but few days ago I saw "Head First Java" bonus chapters and I think it should be the best book for learn Java fundamentals, expecially for the beginners.
- I wrote a lot of small Java classes and I did a lot of programming exercises (that are in the books above).
- Finally I bought and studied the K&B 5 book. It's the best book for the exam preparation. The K&B book is classroom-style written and it's a great learning experience.

I think the Master Exam in the K&B book CD, and book's self tests, are a little trickier than the real exam, but anyway the exam questions style and difficulty are very similar.

And, for the next months, I'm going to prepare the SCWCD using HFSJ book, because I think Kathy and Bert are fantastic Java instructors.

Thanks to Javaranch!

Cheers,
Barry.
 
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Great job Barry. Congrats.

Mark
 
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Congrats Man!!!

Thats inspriring
 
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Hi Barry,

Congratulations ! I'm happy for you

Could you please tell us how was your last day preparation ? I mean, what did you do the day before exam. Do you have some specific tip for us ?
 
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Congratulations!

So what's your score on the master exam of K&B book before you go to the exam?
 
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Congratulations !!!
 
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Congratulations! Moving to the Results forum...
 
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Thank you very much for your congratulations!!


Here's the answers to your questions:

The day before the exam:
I worked 8 hours like all days (Cobol programmer ) and, in the evening, I got the K&B Bonus Master Exam and the K&B self-test again (it was the third time..) from chap 1 to 5.

The exam day:
In the morning I finished the K&B self-test and I read the "Two minute drill" of the chap 9 (threads). After that I played with my little daughter Giulia (18 months old) for my mind and my soul regeneration. But she prefer the HFSJ instead of K&B5 book because it's full of funny pictures )
Finally I went to Prometric and got the real exam at 2.15 PM.

Master Exam results:
Round 1:
-Master Exam: 72%
-Bonus Master Exam (round 1): 64%
Round 2 (After about a week):
-Master Exam: 76% (2 days bfore the real exam)
-Bonus Master Exam: 86% (in the evening before the real exam)


Cheers,
Barry
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Congrats Barry!

We're very happy that the books helped you with your studies.

Bert
 
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Thank you very much Bert!
I appreciate very much the "Two minutes drill" of every chapter. It's extremely helpful instrument for maintain the brain threads always alive on SCJP topics


Cheers,
Barry.
 
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congrats
 
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Congratulations!
 
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