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SCJP 5.0 experiences and result (90%)

 
Harri Neiman
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Hello JavaRanch,

I passed SCJP 5.0, my first Sun exam, on Monday - so I registered here to report my results and perhaps offer some small advice and encouragement to future test-takers.

Score: 65 questions out of 72 = 90%

Sections:
Declarations etc - 100%
Flow Control - 100%
API Contents - 90%
Concurrency - 87%
OO Concepts - 90%
Collections/Generics - 60%
Fundamentals - 100%

Overall the exam was quite a bit easier than I had expected (and a LOT easier than the self-tests in Kathy and Bert's book). You'll notice a much lower score in the Generics section than in the rest of the exam - this is because I haven't actually used Generics (nor most of the different Collections, for that matter) much in real-life programming and I sadly didn't have a lot of time to prepare and learn more about the subject. I also found the drag-and-drop questions considerably more difficult than the multiple choice ones - I guess that's where at least 5 of my 7 lost points went.

I used about two days strictly for studying, during which I skimmed through Kathy and Bert's book and tried various mock exams. My humble advice for future test-takers, should any of them be reading: take ample time to prepare! I think about a week should be enough, if you've actually used Java before and have a solid grasp of the fundamentals (inheritance, flow control, scoping etc). Focus on your weak areas. Kathy and Bert's book is excellent and probably the only one you will need, I found it easy to read and entertaining. Thanks and good luck!

Next stop: SCWCD
 
Sow
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congrats!!!

 
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Congrats!
 
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Congrats
 
srinivas marasu
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Congratulations Harri Neiman!!That's pretty good score!with in such a short span of time!Ofcourse expirence pays off!
 
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congratulations Neiman
 
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Howdy Harri Neiman,

  • Welcome to JavaRanch
  • Congratulations for passing the exam with a good score
  • Best Wishes for the SCWCD exam

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    Brandon Bay
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    Congrats

    Mine's in 3 days time.. Will skim through all self-test questions in Kathy/Bert's book the day before... thanks for advices
     
    Vassili Vladimir
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    Congrats
     
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