Shane Jensen wrote:I work full-time, so I woke up every day at 1 to study the entire night, and then went to work.
Shane Jensen wrote:Also, I only had six weeks to prepare, and I only have a few months of experience with Java.
Shane Jensen wrote:Weight of different topics. My next advice may be somewhat controversial. Again: this is what worked for me, you have to decide yourself what your strategy is. Since I had limited time, I eventually decided to focus on topics that are most important for the exam in terms of quantity: inheritance, exceptions, data types and loop constructs and such. I based this on Enthuware's mock exams, which included lots of questions about these topics. The String/StringBuilder and Date API, on the other hand, were not extensively covered in the mock exams. The same goes for the real exam. I did lose points on these topics though; so I could have invested more time in them. However, If I did, I could have lost a lot more points on other topics. But like I said, this was my own choice. Others on this forum may strongly disagree with this strategy, which would totally make sense.
Roel De Nijs wrote:I fully agree with all your thoughts about exam preparation (it's even if I am reading a summary of all the advice I have given in the OCAJP forum myself ), except for this one. I completely disagree. And I do understand that people have to take the certification exam within a given deadline, but you should be given all the time you need to prepare yourself thoroughly. People tend to forget that the journey to become a certified Java programmer is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more important than that piece of paper!
Roel De Nijs wrote:And if you want to spoil yourself have a Belgian beer, our beers are the best of the world