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How I passed SCJP (91%)  RSS feed

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Here is my $0.02 on how to pass the SCJP (I did it yesterday and got 91%). It worked for me so maybe this will help other people:

Firstly, I bought the Mughal book "A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification, 2nd edition" and used this as the core learning tool. This is an excellent book that goes a bit beyond the scope of the exam, but is an excellent primer so it was worth the extra effort.

Note: if you get this book, remember to look at the errata - there are a few errors in the book.

I didn't do the programming exercises at the end of each chapter as I'm already familiar with Java, but I did do the test questions throughout each of the chapters.

As I completed each chapter I found it very useful to work through the corresponding sections on Dan Chisholm's site: Dan Chisholm's Mock Questions. These are tough questions (I never scored better than 60%) but hammered home what I'd just learnt and made me think more deeply about each topic.

Once I'd been all the way through the book, I did several mock exams:

- The two Whizlabs practice exams that came on the CD with the book.
- I signed up and did the Sun ePractice SCJP exam and did all of the questions except the IO and awt sections (this is free and extremely useful).
- All three Marcus Green mock exams.

This seems like a lot of exam questions but was incredibly useful and just as important as actually learning about Java, imho. After a while you see patterns in the questions and you know what you're being asked and what you should be looking at.

That's about it. One tip for taking the exam - take ear plugs! I took some with me and I'm glad I did as the test site was very noisy (people coming in and out, talking etc.) and I was able to concentrate better.

Hope this helps someone out there.

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Congratulations Mark!

Thank you for using my exam.
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Hi Mark!!!

Congrats, firstly. Secondly, which city did you take the test in?? Just getting worried about the noise factor.

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congrats and thanks for your exp cheers from my end
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Mark C,

Welcome to Javaranch

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Congrats on passing the exam, Mark. I'm going to close this thread. If you'd like to discuss this topic in greater detail, please do so in the Certification Results forum.
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