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Hey Guys! I plan on taking the SCJP 1.5 exam in the near future, my question is, how long should I give myself to prepare? I want to pick a date that's not too far away because I feel motivated now, but not too close so as to make it impossible to pass.
Here's a summary of my current situation:

I graduated with a degree in computer science 2 years ago.
I have been working in support type role since then, very little programming involved.
I recently finished reading Head First Java and understood most of it ok.
I plan on spending an hour or so a day revising leading up to the exam.
I'll be re-reading Head First specifically covering the topics covered on the exam.
I will be doing lots of practice questions I find on web forums.
 
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Hi, I gave myself about an hour a day and it took around 8-9 months.

However I did have quite a few days off in that schedule (vacations, parenting, life etc).

Also you've read the Head First book so you've got a good head start over me.

Most people would recommend you get the Sierra and Bates book which is specific to SCJP as this gives you the specific skills and knowledge required for the exam. The Head First book is probably a little more general.

I don't know if that helps at all!
 
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Hi Dave,

You may want to check out the SCJP 5.0 Exam Preparation Time Calculator, that EPractice has devised to give you a rough estimate to see how many hours you actually need http://www.epractizelabs.com/scjp-5-exam-preparation.html (this has been posted before in this forum).

I might add, I have a similar background as you - I also graduated 2 years ago with a B.Sc degree in Comp sci. It took me roughly 1.5-2 months of solid preparation (on a daily basis). But at the same time, I wrote about 100 little snitbits of code to get more practice. And because I was recently moved into development and now am doing some Java programming at work - this also helped. But in the end, the amount of time really depends on the individual. A good way to know if you're prepared is after doing your studying (preferablly you use a study guide like K&B as suggested - actually this is almost a MUST) , do some mocks and see how you do. It'll give you an indication how prepared you really are. I hope this helps.
 
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I feel motivated now.


If you are versed with Java as you said, it should not take more than 2 months to prepare the SCJP topics(2 hours is OK..be consistent).Target a date which is 2-2.5 month ahead.Read for 1 month and then analyse whether you will be able to pack up the things in another 1.5 months.If OK then schedule a date after 1.5 month else postpone it according to your preparation.
 
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