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SCJP 5.0 - 88%

 
Aniket Patil
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I know this is not the right forum to post this, but it's been a tradition of posting cert results here, and Barry moving them to the appropriate forum later on. So, allow me to be a part of it :-)

I cleared the SCJP 5.0 exam with 88% (64/72 correct).

Section Analysis:
Declaration initializing and scoping................................100%
Flow Control........................................................100%
API Contents........................................................80%
Concurrency.........................................................62%
OO Concepts.........................................................80%
Collections/Generics................................................100%
Fundamentals........................................................90%


For those interested in knowing how i went about the preparation (there's nothing new really)-

1)Read K&B 2.5 times (the 0.5 for skimming through once). This has been said a zillion times, Kathy and Bert, here's one more "THANK YOU" to add to your burgeoning list. Barry, John, Henry, Marc, Owen - thanks to you too!

2)Read the JLS.

3)A zillion dummy programs.

4)Solved Dan's mock tests (about 15 of them), JH, Valentin.

5)Solved 5 full-length exams from Whizlabs. I would recommend this simulator, the level of questions is pretty decent. Though, i must say it does concentrate a lot on API's that are not on the exam.

6)K&B master exams of course.

The real thing was much simpler than expected, i guess after reading the JLS, everything seems to turn out easy.

The concurrency score was a let-down. I hardly got a concurrency question wrong in Whizlabs and none in K&B, so expected to do better in it.

One piece of advice w.r.t registration - If you plan to give the exam in an NIIT centre, do not rely on their website for booking an exam slot. It is a total farce. You are supposed to call up the centre to reserve a slot, since they do not update the actual position on the site.

I shall continue to be around here to help fellow ranchers.
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wise owen
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Congratulations!!!
 
Nidhi Singhal
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Congrats on getting such a good score!

I want to know roughly how much time did you gave in preparing for 1.5?

-Nidhi
 
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Great score!!!
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Aniket Patil
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Hello Nidhi,

About 3-4. I wasn't starting Java from scratch since i have prior J2EE experience, so that helped. I ended up taking about 2 months to read the JLS (but I am happy I put in those 2 months), else could've given the exam much earlier...

Thanks, Anil and Owen.
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Congrats Aniket!

That's a really great score.

Do you have any input as what extra thread stuff should be in the book?

Bert
 
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Congratulations!!!
 
Aniket Patil
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The thread coverage in K&B is sufficient. I still can't believe how i messed up with threads in the exam. The questions were really simple compared to the kind of concurrency questions i solved correctly in the K&B Master exam as well as Whizlabs.

Anyways, i will never really know where i went wrong, so it's time to move on...

Thanks a lot, Renato and Bert.
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Sunil Kumar Gupta
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Congratulations Man !!!
 
Pad Ven
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Congrats Aniket!! What does JLS mean - is it Java Language Specification? I am also getting wrong in Fundamentals sometimes, may be I have to read the Spec.
 
Mikalai Zaikin
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Congratz !!!
 
Aniket Patil
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Hello Padmanabhan,

JLS is indeed Java Language Specification. Make sure you read the right version though.

Thank you, Mikalai and Sunil too.
 
Sunil Kumar Jakkaraju
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Hello Aniket,
First congrats

What version of JLS did you read?
I did not read any version of JLS till now.
But I noticed JLS of java 5 is significantly different.
 
Sultan Khadar
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Hello Aniket, Congrats Man , Its a great score.
I have one doubt . Does JLS and Java API are Same?
Please Clarify.

Regards,
Sultan.
 
Aniket Patil
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Sultan,

JLS differs from Java API Specification. Read the JLS to know the precise meaning of the language's constructs. The API is a library reference.

Sunil,

JLS - 3.0, here's the link: http://java.sun.com/docs/books/jls/
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