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How to become a Java Certified Programmer in 21 days without knowing JAVA�

 
Fabien Benichou
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Today I passed "SJCP 5.0" (91%) and I hope that this post might help some of you guys as many posts helped me in my preparation.

My Background:
No Java but strong experience in C++ and OOP.

My Materials:
- K&B book
- Whizlabs Mocks
- Some Internet Mocks (the best one: JMMock written by a Javaranch member (John I think))
My computer with a JAVA IDE (NetBeans for instance) installed and running.
Javadoc help

My preparation planning:
I had almost all my days free for preparing the exam.
- 10 first day: read entirely the R&D book (1 chapter/day). Note things that looked important to me.
- 10 next days: Alternatively, I:
- review my notes
- take a mock exam
- review my wrong answers
- try any idea or doubts by programming it in the IDE.
- update the notes
Well I think that you can even be ready in 15 days if you just want to pass. (it was my only goal, a high score was not interested me)

The exam itself:
- The exam is much easier than any mock I could have trained on. Questions are easier but also, since they indicate the number of options to answer, it really hep in case you have a doubt...
- Time is not an issue BUT don't waste it neither (I finished like 20 minutes before the time)
- Drag and Drop questions: even if you do not answer but just take a look, the software will consider that you did answer and show it in the report view! Even worst, when you review D&D questions, if you have actually answered, your previous answers will be lost.


My opinion:
This certification does not mean a lot. I mean, I might know when a code compiles or not (but the compiler knew it before me) but concretely I have no idea about which java classes to use when implementing a particular application. I believe that the Java Developer Certification is more meaningful.
 
Armen Demirjian
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Hello Dear friend ...

Your post really gave me a good push cause am heading into the exam so soon.

All i can say is BRAVO and THANKS for your great post ...

Keep up the good work ...

Good Luck ...
 
anil kuchana
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congratulations Fabien
great job
 
Paul Anilprem
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Congratulations!!!
 
Marcus Green
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Congratulations on your excellent result. However in case your message header misleads other people I would like to tell a little of my own research.

I have been tracking the SCKP since 1997 and during that period I have read every public comment I could find as the result of research on every day I possibly could. I have received many thousands of emails from candidates who have taken the exam during that period. I have co-authored two books on the subject. Many people do not pass the exam on the first attempt but few of those people are willing to say so in public.

The consensus is that passing the exam is not a trivial exercise and it requires a significant knowledge of the basics of Java. Just because you have been a professional Java programmer does not mean you will pass the SCJP exam. You might be an excellent Java programmer with an in depth knowledge of swing but know nothing of threading, I/O or generic collections (important topics on the exam). The best way to acquire the knowledge to pass the exam is to write large amounts of small programs. Even experienced Java programmers usually require a few months of study to be ready to pass the exam. The SCJP 1.5 is widely considered slightly more difficult than the exam for JDK 1.4. Passing the exam does not certify you are a good Java programmer, it just says you know the basics of the language well, that is all it was ever designed to to.
[ January 31, 2007: Message edited by: Marcus Green ]
 
Bert Bates
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Congrats Fabien!

Bert

p.s. What Marcus said
 
Fabien Benichou
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Marcus, I totally agree about what you said.

Thank you for all of you for your suppors.

I wish success for anyone preparing the SCJP...

One last advice: if you score 70% in mock exams (like Whizlabs), you are ready to pass the real exam even if it does not guarantee a high score.
 
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Congrats Fabian!
 
Jilani Jidni
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Congratulations Fabien !!

Thanks to you and Marcus to give suggestion.
 
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