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SCJP Tips - Based on my experience with the Exam

Travis Gibson
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Joined: Oct 17, 2000
Posts: 100

Fellow Ranchers,
As a official SCJP!!! With a score of 74% I figured I would come back to JavaRanch and help those that are trying for their SCJP.
Let me tell all of you none of the mocks do the exam justice.
I studied Khalid's book for about 2 months. Took every mock exam I could find(Khalid's is actually harder than the exam).
Don't keep taking one set of mock exams because getting used to the way questions are structured can hurt you on the exam. It took me about 5 mins to get myself together.
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 "Tile" button it's hard to see everything.
Here's some
1.) Study I/O: Be specific know the constructors for
FileInputSteam,FileOutputStream,InputStreamReader,
OutputStreamWriter,FileWriter and FileReader.
2.) Understand the steps in doing I/O encoding specifically the
fact that it can't be done by just including a parameter in
FileWriter or FileReader.(Got a question on that!)
3.) Understand the FileWriter and FileReader create there own
underlying InputStreams.
4.) Understand the default behavior of each of the AWT Layouts.
5.) Know what happens when you add the same object multiple times
to a FlowLayout,GridLayout,ect.
6.) Understand what each GridBagConstrants parameter does.
7.) Do Marcus Green's tutorial by objective. It's really good.
8.) The thread questions are tough(I only got a 47%) I recommend
you pray.
9.) Look out for postfix and prefix operators inside of do
while and while statements.
10.) Basic understanding of collections and when each class
should be used.
11.) Don't waste alot of time on a single question.
Mark and go back if necessary.
12.) Elminate the answers which are obiviously wrong ASAP.
Then focus on what's left.
13.) Watch out for the "Exhibit" button
(It really threw me when I first saw it.)
14.) 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.
15.) Look out for answers which are more correct
(i.e. A) Compiler error
B) Compiler error caused by line 6
C) Runtime error
D) Runtime Error NullPointerException
You must pick the best one.
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
Rajesh Hegde
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Joined: Sep 15, 2000
Posts: 112
Congrats for becoming a SCJP !!
Also nice to see the detailed tips that u have shared after ur exam. Good luck for ur future.
Rajesh
Dipali Desai
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 07, 2000
Posts: 14
hi i read ur info , it might me helpfull to me as i plan to give the exam in dec ist week .
can u please be more specific on the Exhibit button . What is this ?
thanks
& congrats
Dipali
Originally posted by Travis Gibson:

Fellow Ranchers,
As a official SCJP!!! With a score of 74% I figured I would come back to JavaRanch and help those that are trying for their SCJP.
Let me tell all of you none of the mocks do the exam justice.
I studied Khalid's book for about 2 months. Took every mock exam I could find(Khalid's is actually harder than the exam).
Don't keep taking one set of mock exams because getting used to the way questions are structured can hurt you on the exam. It took me about 5 mins to get myself together.
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 "Tile" button it's hard to see everything.
Here's some
1.) Study I/O: Be specific know the constructors for
FileInputSteam,FileOutputStream,InputStreamReader,
OutputStreamWriter,FileWriter and FileReader.
2.) Understand the steps in doing I/O encoding specifically the
fact that it can't be done by just including a parameter in
FileWriter or FileReader.(Got a question on that!)
3.) Understand the FileWriter and FileReader create there own
underlying InputStreams.
4.) Understand the default behavior of each of the AWT Layouts.
5.) Know what happens when you add the same object multiple times
to a FlowLayout,GridLayout,ect.
6.) Understand what each GridBagConstrants parameter does.
7.) Do Marcus Green's tutorial by objective. It's really good.
8.) The thread questions are tough(I only got a 47%) I recommend
you pray.
9.) Look out for postfix and prefix operators inside of do
while and while statements.
10.) Basic understanding of collections and when each class
should be used.
11.) Don't waste alot of time on a single question.
Mark and go back if necessary.
12.) Elminate the answers which are obiviously wrong ASAP.
Then focus on what's left.
13.) Watch out for the "Exhibit" button
(It really threw me when I first saw it.)
14.) 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.
15.) Look out for answers which are more correct
(i.e. A) Compiler error
B) Compiler error caused by line 6
C) Runtime error
D) Runtime Error NullPointerException
You must pick the best one.
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

Aru Ven
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 28, 2000
Posts: 199
CONGRATULATIONS Travis.....
Aruna
Travis Gibson
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 17, 2000
Posts: 100
Dipali,
It's a button that you press during the Exam which opens up another window for programs which are too long to fit on the page with the questions and answers.
Basically it throws a code window right up in front of the answers. Then you have to use the "tile" button which cuts off both the question and code portions and gives you scroll bar which you use to view the entire program.
Sun should think of a way to redesign those screens in my humble opinion.
Originally posted by Dipali Desai:
hi i read ur info , it might me helpfull to me as i plan to give the exam in dec ist week .
can u please be more specific on the Exhibit button . What is this ?
thanks
& congrats
Dipali

shailesh sonavadekar
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 1874
Congratulations , travis & all the best for the future.
SHAILESH.
Ajith Kallambella
Sheriff

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
I am moving this thread to brand new Programmer Certification Results forum.

Ajith


Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Siobhan Murphy
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Joined: Oct 19, 2000
Posts: 72
Congratulations!! Best wishes in the future.
Thanks for the tips.
These postings are very helpful and encouraging for those of us hoping to do the exam in the near future.
JiaPei Jen
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Joined: Nov 19, 2000
Posts: 1309
First of all, congratulations! and thanks a lot for so many tips.
Could you kindly tell me the link to access Marcus Green's tutorial by objects?
Jia Pei
email:jiapei_jen@yahoo.com
 
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