These are what I got doing mock exams : Marcus exam 1 81% //This one seeme easier. Marcus exam 2 68% Marcus exam 3 68% Exam Cram 69% Sun Guoqiao 1 63% MindQ 89% I think I am OK with the real exam. But if there'are going to be a lot of input text quesions, the result can be very different. Are there many text input questions in scjp ? Thanks Alan
Truely, a high score in a real exam is not easily given to someone who have never written a lot of real Java programs. I have done about 1000 mock questions and my scores still doesn't raise high. The reason in my case is that even though I can deal with language fundamentals with ease, but there are a lots of questions in mock exams asking about Java build-in classes and methods. That is a piece of cake to experienced java programmers,because they use those classes and methods every single day. Mock exams showed that I am not doing well in all those built-in classes and methods.
Alan, I know exactly what you mean - I felt the same way! I found a waste of time having to learn how to use the AWT and IO packages, as I will not use it in real life, as they are not typically used in server side applications. Fortunately, it seems that Sun has realised this and will remove those packages from the new tests; so if you want to avoid learning them, you could just wait until they are out. However, you probably want to take the exam soon (as me), so you don't have any choice, you should try to learn them. I would advise you to take a long weekend away from everybody, download a good tutorial on java.util, java.awt and java.io packages and study them all in detail (as in the old school days!). It is also highly advisable to try as many examples as possible in your computer, that's how you get your practice. Anyway, I don't think there are too may questions about Component classes (TextField, Choice, Label...). I think the exam concentrates on layout managers and events instead. (touch wood!) Regards Eduard
When I gave the exam,there was not even a single question of input text.There were a lot of questions about Thread and IO.So prepare them well.IO questions were a bit easy,but the threads one were testing.There were 2 or 3 layout questions as well.And the rest were fundamentals and util package mostly.Bit shifting had a prominent place in the exam. Its surprising that you found that 2nd M. Green exam tough,as I found it easier,and Marcus himself said that it was easier. Well,I wish you all the best May you be an SCJP soon Bye Gautam
All of my questions were multiple choice. IO is useful even for server side development. I can't imagine that a programmer could be certified without knowing how to read data from a file! I think AWT is good to know because on occasion you may find a need to write an applet or application and if you have no knowledge of event handling you will have no chance of figuring it out.