This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
I've been doing the same thing, keep telling everyone I will get the cert in X amount of time and then get harassed for not already having it. My scores aren't as high as yours yet, I am mostly struggling with the advanced generics, APIs, and Collections. I think after I get those 3 topics completely down I'll be able to get a high enough score to pass without sweating to death. Just now I got a 50% on the Whizlabs SCJP6.0 master exam... so I have a bit more to go but I am improving which is the most important aspect.
4.5 months studying so far.
EDIT: I also have found the "Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide" questions to be very difficult. I am praying that they are harder than the real exam in order to make the real-deal easier. I am reading it a second time now (lots of information to digest in there). [ November 11, 2008: Message edited by: Brian Legg ]
If you have only 50% in the mock exams, I would concentrate more on reading and on doing lots of programming exercises.
I realized that when you have done some mocks, just doing mocks won't make you any better (see e.g. see my results, they were always around 75%). Imho it's better to take a result, see were you have to improve the most, then read everything related to this topic, and do some programming in this area. Also writing down the things you don't know and learning them by heart will def. help you.
Joined: Nov 07, 2008
Thanks for the tip!! I feel that I at least know what I need to know, you know?
Most of the questions I miss are either small things I didn't notice (gotchas) or collection or API questions. Well, time to go study some more. I'll be taking the test over again here in a bit, I'll have to post my new results.
Joined: Oct 14, 2002
I think the book's questions might be a little bit harder than the questions on the real exam (mostly because they often say "Choose all that apply" and the real exam always tells you how many answers are correct).
But, I don't think that they are that much harder! To be safe I would recommend that you get a passing score on the book's mocks before you try the real thing.