I took the 1.5 version of the Java exam today and I received a 45 on the exam. The book I used to study for the exam was "Sun Certified Programmer for Java 5" by Sierra and Bates. I feel that the book did not do a good job of preparing me for the exam. I also used the website at: http://www.examulator.com/phezam/selectsubject.php I plan to take it again after doing some more studying. I believe that I need another 80 hours of studying to get a passing grade. Also, I am thinking that a second book will help. I am hoping that somebody can suggest a second (and better book).
I also want to add that I had real problems with the questions dealing with standard classes.
Sorry to hear that you failed in the exam, Bob.. Hope you clear the exam in your second try.All the best.. And ..for the second reference book, I have seen people mentioning in the forum, about Khalid Mughal's Book for SCJP. Hope this helps.Good luck.
When I prepared for the SCJP exam (many moons ago and with no Java programming experience) I studied from seven books repeatedly and passed with a wonderful mark. You must not underestimate the difficulty of this exam. Or, do so at your own risk.
The reason I felt the book let me down was that I was able to answer the book's questions correctly about 80% of the time. The book also came with practice software. Again, I was able to answer the questions correctly about 80% of the time. These numbers were not on the first time I tried the questions.
Thank you for having the courage to post the difficulty you had with the exam. It is very instructive to find out what you found difficult. I also suspect that the standard classes may be difficult since you are essentially acting like a "Human Compiler" for some of these. I think the book covers all the topics but it is one thing to cover them and another thing to be able to recall them in a closed book situation. I find that by the time I have covered one chapter, I've already forgotten stuff from another chapter. Of course on the exam you must recall everything equally as well. At this point I'm concentrating on the mock exams to hammer in the details.
Originally posted by Bob Sherry: Again, I was able to answer the questions correctly about 80% of the time. These numbers were not on the first time I tried the questions.
Hi Bob, this might be the problem. You may have become familiar with the questions and the right answers, but lacking understanding. Lots of different mock exams will help with that, I bet if you spent a week or 2 doing various mock exams you'd have a better understanding of the various concepts. If this is the case I'm willing to bet that even though you scored 80% in the K&B mocks, you'd fail a similar exam like the Whizlabs one for instance.