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How long do I need to study??

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Q1) I have read Thinking in Java (by Bruce Eckel) 3 times by know. Some chapters even more...
I'm thinking to buy an Exam prep book, but is what 'Thinking In Java' covers sufficient to pass an SJCP exam ?
Q2) I've been programming in Java for about a year now.. before this I did alot of work in C++...
What time frame do you think I will study, knowing I'm able to study 8 hours a day and have good Java knowledge allready ? I know there will not be a fixed anwser to my question, but I'm desperatly in need for qualifications !!
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Hi Dave
I think you've got the ground work - its almost time to collect!
I'd suggest get Mughal and Rassmussen's A Programmer's Guide to Certification and read it cover to cover (except swing, applets, painting, and javadoc parts - thats almost 200pp out!) do the tests and the exam included. This should sharpen your focus for the exam and get you used to the fairly 'contrived' stuff that can come up in the exam that is given to test knowledge of the API and the nuances of the language - Remember the exam does not really test you on your ability/experience as a programmer.
While Eckel's book is excellent for practical Java programming it is not geared for the SCJP.
Do some mocks. Marcus Greenes' are worth it (there are three)and you can get simulators such as JQPlus and JWhiz - this should get you familiar with the format and the type of question that can come up. Possibly you may want to do 1-2 mocks just to see where youre at before starting study and what areas you may need to swat up on and what areas your'e proficient in
If you can put in 8hrs/day - maybe 10 days?? I don't think your'e far away given the amount of time you can commit and your background
Others I'm sure will have different opinions on this
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Gee you aint asking for much are you
Seriously. It differs from person to person. Some came from 0% and manged to get it in 3 months and passed others took a year failed.
The best way to get an indication of how ready you are is by taking mock exams.
Try our own Round up or look here for a looong list of resources.
Also look at this for general advice & info
If you really want to do it right purchase a comercial product , or try and win one , see here why you should consider J@Wiz
And like Jim said dont forget Marcus Green's site. He has a great tutorial & 3 mock exam's.
Good luck
[This message has been edited by Johannes de Jong (edited October 10, 2001).]
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Johannes put it correctly
I wouldnt give SCJP without accessing myself in mock exams
They are very useful, and give you a good measure of you subject knowledge
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