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Hi,

Want to take up the Java Cetification. Can you please suggest the best way to study.

I have started of by studing "Core Java 2" by Hortsman & Cornell.Also am going through Java in a nut shell.Was wondering if the latest addition of these books cover the material for Java Certification. I need to know this for sure.

What are the other books/materials that will help me in preparing for the exam??? Any other suggestions regarding the manner of preparation is also weelcome.

Thanks,
Preethi
 
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Assuming that the exam you are referring to is the SJCP exam, the best two are the Exam Prep book by Kathy Sierra(Java Ranch's founder)/Bert Bates and the one by Roberts.

Make sure when you buy the book, that it is for the current version of the exam: Version 1.4 which is Exam CX-210-035.

The first time I took the exam, I made the mistake of buying the Roberts book for Version 1.2. Failed by three questions. (I'm not blaming the book!) Bought Sierra/Bates book and made a 70.
 
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I definitely recommend the Java 2 Study Guide by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. I used several books when studying for my exam, and this was easily the best. They make reading a technical book enjoyable! Also the sample exam questions are very similar to the questions you will see on the exam.

I would also recommend downloading a few of the free study guides available on the internet. You can find some good resources in the Programmer Certification Study FAQ (link is on the javaranch.com homepage).

Finally, one of the best things you can do is to actually do the practice exercises and problems you find in whatever study resource you decide on. Research has consistently indicated that a combination of reading as well as doing significantly improves retention. (Don't believe me? Send me an email and we can debate cognitive psychology to your heart's content! )
 
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