Thanks you Karen,
....it took me a good 6 months to prepare for the exam, but you could probably do it in less than 3 months, if you focus !!
Bear in mind that I had a full time job while studying ..yep, a 9-5, 40hrs a day, 5 days a week job!!
I actually did most of my studying on Saturdays and Sundays with help from my room-mate, who is a guru at computer programming.
He still curses me for those nights I would wake him up to ask why my programmes weren't compiling!!
For the first two and a half months, I wrote simple "hello world
like" programes and played around with codes. It can be very frustrating when you compile your java source codes and get thousands of errors, but trust me, once you learn why you're having the errors and then go back to correct them, you'll learn faster than any book or trainning class ever recommended!!
The next one and a half months, I spent reading the following books/online tutorials:
1) Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 Platform in 21 Days,
Professional Reference Edition
3) Java 2 Exam Cram, Second Edition by Bill Brogden
The last months was used to practice the JQPLUS exam, visit JavaRanch, and write many more complex codes. A list of other websites I studyied at, can be viewed from previous postings at javaranch.
As for the exam, its not as hard, but very tricky. Read the questions very carefully and try to determine what the question is asking for!!
As for me, I am currently studing for my Mircrosoft Certified Professional + Internet. The books I am currently studying are as voluminous as the Encyclopedia Briticana and the context is like Chinese to me, but I do intend to pass it.
I then intend to combine both knowledge from my Java and
MCP + Internet, and work for a good reputable E-Commerce company in the US.
I guess that wraps it all Karen,
I will be praying that you pass the exam too !!