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Hi ranchers,

I am planning to take the SCJP exam. I am a cs( kern Informatik )majored student studying for Diplom in Germany, have programmed in Java for more than 2 semesters -- but we use Java only as a tool to implement some data structures, algorithms and patterns, also for some numerical computing. That is to say, we don�t emphasize too much on Java itself, same work can be also done with Pascal, Fortran, C, C++, or whatever else, the instructors intended. We are even forbidden to use some classes in java API for homework. So that actually I am not very familiar with Java features though I work with it all the time.
If with the book which has been recommended here, how long do you think I need to take to prepare for the SCJP exam? 2 or 3 weeks enough? And, anyone knows how does the exam office schedule the SCJP exam for an individual? Before Feb. 26th I am fully occupied with academic work, then will have time till Apr. 4th. I want to take the exam during my winter vacation at home in China. Is it possible to:
1. Well prepare for the exam in such a short time? Hard work and good book affordable.
2. Purchase the exam from the exam office in Shanghai and ask them whether they have an exam schedule during March. 5th to Apr. 4th?
Thank you very much!
Regards,
Ellen
 
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Hi Ellen. Sounds interesting, studying in Germany, and going back to China for holidays.
I don't know whether you could prepare for the exam in three weeks. Maybe!
In Australia, Sylvan Prometric handle the payment and scheduling of an exam, and basically, once you pay them the $150 U.S., you can schedule it for whenever you like (within one year) - and I believe it is possible to re-schedule an arranged exam time, as long as you do so at least one day before the test.
 
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I just checked the official SCJP site that the exam I am going to take is CX-310-035, but I cannot find the same exam number in neither Sun China SCJP2 site nor Sun Germany SCJP2 site, there are only 310-025 in both the two sites.
My questions:
1. Is SCJP2 1.4 exam already availabe outsite the States
2. In China the exam is in English, if I make it in Germany, is the exam in German or English? I prefer English because to me it�s faster to read and understand.
Regards,
Ellen
 
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Hi Ellen,
the 1.4 exam is available outside the states. Just go to www.2test.com and register for the test. You can choose the country and the test center in which you'd like to test the test. Usually, the test are in English but it may depend on the country you are in.
I'm not sure you'll be able to get ready for the exam in 3 weeks, but what I do know is that you don't have one minute to loose. PLease find below some useful resources.
Objectives:
SCJP 1.2 objectives
SCJP 1.4 objectives
Specification:
Java Language Specification 2nd (JLS)
Official Java Language Specification Errata
Unofficial Java Language Specification Errata
Mock exams:
Maha's site
Javaranch mock exams list
Marcus Green's web site
Jiris e-Learning System
Dan Chisholm's web site
JDiscuss' mock exams list
Valentin's mock exam
Hints:
Sun Certified Java Programmer Pre-Exam Essentials by Dylan Walsh
Free Java lessons
The one thing I wish I'd done... by Kathy Sierra
Traps to be aware of in any SCJP test !!! :) by Maha Anna
5 days before the exam. Any last minute stuff I should look out for?
Top Ten Errors Java Programmers Make
Preparation tips by Maha Anna
Don't forget our Sun Certification Results forum where people give some feedback after taking the exam.
Also check out the Javaranch's newsletters which contain very useful information.
Articles:
100% Certified Java Coders: How To Get Certified by Michael D. Meloan
An SCJP 1.4 certification primer by Pradeep Chopra, Whizlabs Software Ltd
You said "Certification"? by Valentin Crettaz
Other interesting articles
Test engines:
JQ+
J@Whiz (SCJP 1.2)
J@Whiz (SCJP 1.4)
JCertify 6.0 (SCJP 1.4)
JCertify 5.0 (SCJP 1.2)
Books:
Javaranch bunkhouse
Other info:
SCJP FAQ
Position on Real Questions - Must Read!
Other people's results
Good luck
 
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Hi Valentin,
Thank you sooooo much for your generous information!
I�d try my best.

Best Regards,
Ellen
 
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