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I Passed the SCJP!!!!!

Travis Gibson
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Joined: Oct 17, 2000
Posts: 100
Fellow Ranchers,
It's official. As on Nov. 19, 2000 around 12:30 PST I am no longer a SCJP Aspirant. I am now a SCJP!!! With a score of 74%
I marked like 22 questions on my first pass.
First off let me thank everyone for all of their feedback on the exam. It scaried to the point that I studied like a madman during the final 3 days before the test. I got to the point where I had memorized every constructor for IO, AWT and UTIL in Khalid's book. In fact I memorized all of the method listed and hierarcy chart listing in Khalid's book.
I also wrote these huge programs which included every possible combination of IO(Streams/Reader&Writer + encoding), AWT Layout,Collection and component combination. The Java compiler actually helped me learn all the constructors.
Let me tell all of you none of the mocks do the exam justice. The whole Exhibit button thing kind of threw me off at first. You have to look at the code then look at the answers. Even with the "Title" button it's hards to see everything.
Here's my score breakdown:
Declarations/Access control - 75% 5
Flow Control/Exception - 85% 5
Garbage Collection - 0% 1 // Which surprized me.
Lang Fundamentals - 77% 3-4
Operators and Assignments - 57% 2-3
Overloading/Overriding - 85% 6-7 //Got a lot of these
Threads - 42% 4 // All in a rows
java.awt - 100% 4 //I studied these hard
java.lang - 100% 3 //Look at Sun's tutorial
java.util - 57% 4 //Thought I did better
java.io - 100% 4-5 // I studied these hard
Let me just say that Marcus Green's tutorial by objective helped me identify my areas of weakness a great deal. His mocks are good but not really a true representation of the actual exam.
I studied Khalid's book for about 2 months. Took every mock exam I could find(Khalid's is actually harder than the exam).
Here's a few tips:
1.) Don't waste alot of time on a single question.
Mark and go back if necessary.
2.) Elminate the answers which are obiviously wrong ASAP.
Then focus on what's left.
3.) Watch out for the "Exhibit" button
(It really threw me when I first saw it.)
4.) Make sure you check the sample questions from Sun's
site I got a question (pertaining to "is a") which was
almost the exact opposite of the "has a" question on
their site.
5.) Look out for answers which are more correct
(i.e. A) Compiler error
B) Compiler error caused by line 6)

I have so much feedback. If anyone has any specific questions I will be more than happy to try to answer them. Thank you all for all your help.
Regards,
Travis M. Gibson
Sun Certified Java 2 Programmer

Regards,<BR>Travis M. Gibson, SCJP<BR>Java Developer<BR>www.travismgibson.com<BR>travis@travismgibson.com
Harpal Singh
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Joined: Oct 10, 2000
Posts: 229
Hey Travis,
Congrats!!!I was waiting to read your post...Congrats!Keep visiting this site.......
Harpal
futureSCJP
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Sunitha Jayakumar
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Joined: Nov 20, 2000
Posts: 1
Hi Travis
CONGRATS...and wish you all the best for your future endeavours. I am preparing for SCJP. I was rather confused with the terms like "Exhibit" and "title" buttons in your message. Could you please throw some light on them. Also I want your opinion on how much should one be scoring consistently in the mock exams before taking the real exam
Thanks
Travis Gibson
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Joined: Oct 17, 2000
Posts: 100
Sunitha,
The "Exhibit" button is the button you have to press during the Exam in order to see some of the Java programs which are too long to see with the along with the question. Therefore you end up looking at the code then have to look back at the possible answers. Unlike in most mocks where you see the code and the answers on the same page.
The "tile" button shrinks both the answers portion and the code portion so that they both fit on the same page. The bad part is it cuts off both parts so you have to use the scrollbars in order to see all of both. I almost got a question wrong because I couldn't see all of the possible answers until I realized that I scroll down further.
Originally posted by Sunitha Jayakumar:
Hi Travis
CONGRATS...and wish you all the best for your future endeavours. I am preparing for SCJP. I was rather confused with the terms like "Exhibit" and "title" buttons in your message. Could you please throw some light on them. Also I want your opinion on how much should one be scoring consistently in the mock exams before taking the real exam
Thanks

 
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