I would like to tell you my short story with SCJP6/OCPJP6.
I've passed it today with 88%. In my opinion it could be better; when hitting 'end' button I was expecting something ~95%. But then again - what the heck - man cannot be picky ;-)
Firstly, I would like to thank Katherine Sierra and Bert Bates for "SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java
6 Exam 310-065" book, which is indeed a true masterpiece! It creates a solid backbone which is very useful when facing mock tests and the real exam itself.
Secondly, thanks all CodeRanchers for advices, solutions and attitude which helped a lot during my preparation.
Thirdly, thanks all mock tests creators for their contribution.
If someone is interested in how much time it take to pass the SCJP
I can only tell how long it took me, and it's about 2,5 month. I have a regular job, althought not for 8 hours a day but for 6. I wrote my first Java code 4 years ago.
1,5 month took me to read whole K&B book and make all the exercises. I've spent last month on CodeRanch forum and solving mock tests.
From Mock tests I must say that, in my opinion, the best one is ExamLab
- it really feels like the real exam, the interface is almost identical! Althought the questions are definitely more challenging, it successfully encourages you to find the answers, read explanaitions and test
it for yourself (and make a lot of notes - I've made almost 30 A4 pages of notes + code listings after solving 5 ExamLab tests!)
Cheers Devaka - you've helped me a lot and you did it for free, so I would like to make a small donation for ExamLab. If you have a PayPal I would be glad to make a small donation for the ExamLab :-)
Another great source of knowledge is Niko's Blog, JavaChamp.com and last but not least Certpal (it prepared the ground for ExamLab questions)
It if comes to the real exam, there were no questions about Serialization nor wait/notify. There were only 5 drag and drops and these were easy in comparison to ExamLab. It is impossible to find out if the drag and drop questions are cleared just when going back to the previos question. The notice saying that the answer will be cleared is poping-up when you hit the TASK button only. To be 100% sure it won't loose my answers, at the end I've passed all questions again and made the D&D from the scratch. The exam took me 2 hours, which includes rechecking all questions and doing the D&D twice.
I got a laminated A4 piece of paper which can be used as a miniature whiteboard, marker, and a sponge.
There was a small hiccup with Prometric exam software which hang up after the welcome massage with my name, showing error in a Prometric *.dll file ;-)
At the end I was a little suprised that the score didn't appear on the monitor but was printed directly on the test center administrator's desk. There I've seen my score for the first time.
Well, I do hope it will help someone preparing for the certificate.
Thanks once again all of you guys.
Edit: sorry for posting it in the wrong section...