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Johan Jonasson
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After a month of studying in my spare time it's now right around the corner... Got the SCJA exam scheduled for tomorrow so I'm gonna spend the next 8 hours filling out the final gaps. Anybody got any last minute tips or suggestions? Any tricky parts that I need to look out for, it's all individual of course, but is there any area where Sun is really laying it on thick with trick questions or the likes?

Right now I'm working with Whizlab's mock exams, scoring in the high 70s. I feel fairly confident with the fundamental object oriented concepts and java development and I'm flying through the UML parts, but I'm weaker when it comes to server and client side technology knowledge. Gonna work on that next and hopefully be in the low 90s by later tonight.

I've got Whizlab's training kit and I have (and have read) Cameron McKenzie's book. Thinking about finishing it off with Sun's mock exams as well. Might be the most representative mocks?

Anyway, all suggestions are welcome at this point. Bring it on!
 
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Go over the two pdf files I sent you.

Make sure you have your looping structures down pretty good. I always suggest being able to write out a for, while, do..while and switch statement longhand, on a sheet of paper, with a pen and pencil, just to make sure you know the syntax off by heart. Things change when you don't have a compiler in front of you.

It's not a coding exam, but you do need to know the fundamentals.

From there, it's just good test taking skills. Make sure you answer every questions, mark the questions you're unsure of and go back to them, making sure you have plenty of time for the questions you are sure of. Don't leave any questions unanswered on the exam. Stuff like that.

Good luck!

-Cameron
 
Johan Jonasson
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Originally posted by Cameron W. McKenzie:
Go over the two pdf files I sent you.

I will indeed.
I've read through the parts where I found new additions and I'll look through the rest in a while as well.

I've gotten the mock exams from Sun as well. They are quite different from the mock questions from ExamScam and Whizlab. Some are ridiculously easy in comparison and some are a bit harder. Hopefully it will all add up to give me a smooth ride when it's time for the real deal.

Do the ePractice Exams from Sun resemble the real exam the most out of all the available mock exams out there? I mean, all mocks share and cover the same objectives of course, but the way questions are asked and so on differ a bit. And another thing, the Whizlab drag-and-drop bits, I assume that's thought to be a learning tool more than a resemblance of a real exam question format?
 
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In my personal opinion, the Sun exams had the most far out types of questions than either ExamScam, Whizlabs or JAss+. That's just my opinion. Still, there will be a question or two that are somewhat similar to the Sun exams.

So, it's good and bad.

Good luck!

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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I used the Sun exams and found them to be the cloest to the real test questions. I didn't use the whizlabs so I can't comment on that. The final test in the back of cameron's book was pretty accurate of my real score I got.

I just sat the exam a week or so ago, btw. Good luck!!
 
Johan Jonasson
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Epilogue:

Thanks for all the input. I finally got it over with, after over a month of procrastination I scheduled and took the exam. Passed, and I�m very relieved to have done so. Here are some thoughts and answers to questions I had before the exam.

The exam was a bit easier compared to the mock exams I'd done. However, all in all, getting the certification was way harder than I anticipated when I first started to study for the exam. It's much broader than I expected it to be and there's no way to "fake it", although a question here and there can be passed by eliminating the wackiest alternatives.

I agree with Michael Raymond Jr., the mock exams from Sun resemble the real thing pretty well when it comes to overall "style" of the questions, though the difficulty level may vary between objectives. I found the Java-code and UML sections harder and the client, server and integration technologies sections easier in the real exam than in the mocks. The fundamental OO concepts where about the same difficulty level. This might all be coincidences of course.

The learning tools I used to prepare worked nicely (for me). Cameron McKenzie's Certification Guide, the training kit from Whizlab and the mocks from Sun all worked the way I hoped. The Certification Guide and study questions to lay the groundwork, the training kit to... train... and the Sun mocks to verify what I'd learned.

The Whizlab software worked pretty ok, but not perfect. It was very nice to be able to install it both at home and at work though. In my opinion, the style of the questions in the kit is not really the same as the real thing, but that doesn't really matter, because they are still good learning tools. Oh, and there are no drag and drop questions in the real exam either, but that's ok too.

And finally a big thank you to Cameron McKenzie for hooking me up with the updated edition of the Certification Guide. The forth printing has lots of good improvements compared to the early edition I got from Amazon a few months ago. Helped a lot. Cheers!

Next stop SCJP. I�m just gonna savor this one a month or two first.
[ March 26, 2007: Message edited by: Johan Jonasson ]
 
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Congratulations!

From our correspondences, I had no doubt that you'd pass. That was never in doubt. And I'm glad the SCJA Certification Guides and Exam Questions Guides could help you out.

-Cameron McKenzie
 
Johan Jonasson
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Thanks!

And tell Mats Sundin I said hello.
 
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