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Here is how I studied:
I studied for about two and a half weeks.

Read K&B book: When I finished each chapter, I took the practice questions. Then I made a voice recording of myself reading the Two-Minute Drills, any particular things from the text that I wanted to remember, and anything that I learned or missed in the practice questions.

After finishing the text, I took the test on the CD and two Whizlabs tests.

The day before the exam I listened to all of my recordings as a way to review every chapter.

Hope this helps someone else develop their strategy. I have used voice recordings as a study tool for a long time. I highly recommend a digital voice recorder!

(This was moved to a new forum because I included my score in the first one.)
 
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That's a great tip! I'll have to use that when I take the exam. Good post!
 
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Hi Marcus,

Can we have that soft copy your voice so that one who does not have a Voice Recorder can use that?

Thank you
 
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Sorry, this particular digital voice recorder can't upload anything to a computer. Any tape recorder will do. Some MP3 players have the capability as well.
 
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great job Marcus Casey.....congratulations.U said u finished it in 2 and half weeks.how many hours per day u prepared for the exam?what about practicals? did u practice some of the examples from K&B ?
 
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The two and a half weeks was pretty intensive: about 2 hours per day on weekdays and 4-6 hours per day on weekends.

I did write a few tiny little programs (maybe 5 or 6) when I couldn't figure out why I missed a certain practice question. That would usually clear things up. I have been working as a Java developer for a little more than a year on some fairly big projects, so I had a lot of experience to draw from.

I didn't really do the K&B practice exercises. I would read them, and usually I instantly knew how to write the classes, so I wouldn't bother. I concentrated more on the practice questions.
[ March 22, 2006: Message edited by: Marcus Casey ]
 
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Hi Marcus!
I liked ur Study plan Very much..
I have Started preparing for SCJP 1.5 and i am using K&B..
I want more practice questions on SCJP 1.5 . So please can you give me the links for SCJP 1.5 Practice questions and Mock Exams..
EXPECTING A FAVORABLE REPLY...
 
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I didn't use online practice questions. Only Whizlabs and K&B.
 
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Hi Marcus:

That's a smart learning method. I just wonder how many minutes of your whole recording? Which exam version did you take? Thank you.
 
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My total recording ended up being about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

I took the 1.4 cert for several reasons:

1. When I first bought the book the Java 5 cert wasn't around.
2. All of my experience is in 1.4 and I needed to get the cert quickly (my company wants me to get the SCBCD and SCEA certs as soon as possible)
3. I am a J2EE developer and that is what we will be using for a while longer.
 
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hi marcus,
I have planned to write scjp1.4 in few months and then please assist me in choosing the other exams after finishing scjp(for ex:scjd,scbcd... ) I am very much confused about this..

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