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Java Greenhorn Insearch of Profound SCJP Certification Advice

 
Albert Bustamante
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Hello World,

I am a Self Professed Java newb. I would like to thank the everyone who has contributed to this web site. I have found the ranch an invaluable tool (being a native texan I am comfortable on any kinda ranch!) and would encourage all to kick in the 5 bucks in support of the community. But my question is ....

What else can I do other than read, code, and practice test? Is there any type of hallmark that I can look for to know that I am ready to sit for the test??? A Percentage on Practice Exams. I feel fairly confident ... but then i read thinks like 'Dont feel bad if you fail!' That shakes my confidence and sends me to studying more. Any advice would be appreciated. :roll:

Thanks
-chorizo
 
Corey McGlone
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I would suggest Dan Chisholm's mock exams. Try those and, if you're consistently scoring well enough to pass, you'll be just fine for the real exam. That's the best indicator I've seen.

Another good indicator doesn't have an exact number with it, but I found it to be useful. Hang around the Ranch for a while - the SJCP forum, specifically. When you start, you tend to ask a lot of questions. When you seldom ask questions but can answer just about anything that comes along, you've hit another indicator that might prove you're ready.
 
Albert Bustamante
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Thanks for the sage like wisdom. Great advice. Especially hanging out around the forum.

I have another question... Would it be worth my while to take the 1.4 Exam this year or beginning of next year ... or should i just wait for the 1.5 Exam? Thanks
 
Corey McGlone
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Originally posted by Albert Bustamante:
I have another question... Would it be worth my while to take the 1.4 Exam this year or beginning of next year ... or should i just wait for the 1.5 Exam? Thanks


If you've already spent a lot of time and effort preparing for the 1.4 version of the exam, it may make sense for you to just take that exam. However, if you're just starting (or willing to wait a bit), I'd suggest holding off for the 1.5 exam. Unfortunately, I haven't heard much news about the 1.5 exam so it might be months before anything is seen, but the original plan had been early 2005.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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