Background: Do coding on J2SE1.4 for about 1 and a half year several years ago.
Peparation : (1) K&B book // TRULY HELPFUL (2) Javaranch forum // VERY HELPFUL (3) Inquisition Mock exam // SPECIAL THANKS TO THE AUTHOR , it really clear my concepts on Generics and Collection classes
(4) ActualTest mock exam
(5) others mock exam (JavaBeat...)
The SUN exam was simplier than expected...
Thanks to K&B and all ranchers. I browsed through many SCJP cert forums, but I still think this one is the best. I will definitely introduce the above to my friends if they want to take the SCJP5 exam.
Some special questions I encountered
1. testing modifiers on Singleton design pattern 2. System-getproperty 3. static class + overriding
um... I am going for SCWCD.
Good luck [ January 11, 2007: Message edited by: anson chau ]
Congratulations Anson. That is a really high score!!! But I need an advice from you. When I were taking mock exams, I found some topics which are not covered in k&b book , whome should I trust k&b book or mock exams. I know that k&b book is a great assist, but I'm afraid that it's not enough for the exam. Thanks in advance
Thank you, In my opinion, in real SUN exam, one may encounter some questions ( I think at most 7-9, counting up to about 10% ) that may not be covered in the K&B book. Although K&B is a great book, SCJP candidates should not take it as the only reference. If time allows, it is suggested that you can have a "scan" through the other people's study notes. Javaranch already have some links to them.
In fact I bought an SCJP5.0 book in Chinese, published by GOTOP from Taiwan, I treated it as a side reference but I think it didn't really help much in adding scores in my real exam.
If you encounter some mock exams questions which topics are not included in K&B , you can take a scan on the explanation in order to understand the answer, but deep+board understanding is not required because it is very cost-Ineffective.
um.... I don't know whether it is a good attitude. I think the mock exam is already a bit more difficult than the real exam, and the problem of Out-of-Syllabus-with-respect-to-K&B is not serious for you to devote much time on studying other stuff.
I think consolidating covered concepts and watching for pitfalls is more important
Hope my experience helps. [ January 11, 2007: Message edited by: anson chau ]
Bert : Thinking back to my real exam, about 90% of the questions were covered/implicitly implied by the K&B "STUDY GUIDE", which is already very enough for a single book I think. little Java programming background + K&B + JavaRanch forum + others mock exams, have already form a perfect match.
If something have to be squeezed out from me, I would like to suggest adding more explanation on modifier+class+method+instance variable combination/restriction [ January 12, 2007: Message edited by: anson chau ]