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js yang
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Joined: May 09, 2001
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Hi, everyone. I took the scjp today and got 54 out of 59 correct. If you are curious, in the last couple of days before the exam, I took each of the Marcus exams, the exam at the end of the Brogden Cram book, 1 JPlus exam, and the JTip exam. On the Marcus exams, I got 88%, 87%, and 92% respectively. I got 83% on the Brogden Cram exam, and 92% on the JPlus exam( I think the first standard one). On the JTip exam(the first JTip exam), I got 62%.
BTW, I think that the JTip exam was largely a waste of time--I honestly wish that I hadn't bothered with it and just concentrated on another JPlus exam. I found a couple of errors in the exam, and the questions were just silly--they kept repeatedly asking the same kinds of questions in a very convoluted fashion--which the real exam is nothing like.
Like a lot of people, I agree that the real exam is similar to the Marcus exams. The format and type of questions were eerily similar.
If I had to do everything over again, and had one week to study for the exam, these are the mock exams I would concentrate on: the three Marcus exams, the Majji exam, the Applied Reasoning exam (all of which can be found in the MahaAnna site), and JPlus exams. I think that JPlus exams are the most important. JPlus really drills you in the fundamentals, and the fundamentals are the most important thing in the exm.
Most of the questions in the exam involved code, but most of the code were ten or less lines. I had 8-10 questions where the code was between ten to twenty lines, and only two questions where the code was between twenty to thirty lines.
The wording of the questions was always clear, and unlike most mock exam questions, there were only one or two "tricks" involved with each question. A couple of questions were real easy--if you do well on the Marcus exams and have JPlus too, then I think you'll find the questions really easy as well.
My weakest area is IO and my first 5 questions involved IO. However, they were straightforward. The only thing you needed to know were the constructors for the streams / readers. I got 100% on IO. There were 5 - 7 questions on thread, which I did only 85% on. Only one of the thread questions involved a long piece of code.
The exam seemed to really focus on overriding / overloading questions. I think there were ten questions on overriding. However, if you are sound on the fundamentals, the questions should be straightforward. Fortunately, I got 100% on this area.
Surprisingly, I had three questions on the switch operation--but they were similar to ones I found in the Marcus and JPlus exams, so I think I did well on those.
Anyway, my score isn't that great, but I couldn't have gotten it without the services of JavaRanch, MahaAnna, Marcus Green, and JPlus. I would like to sincerely thank them for their invaluable help.
[This message has been edited by js yang (edited May 16, 2001).]
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Nandini Gangopadhyay
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Joined: Apr 02, 2001
Posts: 79
Congratualtions, that is a real good score, all the best for ur future!!
Nandini
N Mukherjee
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Joined: Jun 08, 2000
Posts: 141
Hello,
My heartiest Congratulations!!!
regards,
N Mukherjee, SCJP
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Neeraj Thakkar
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Joined: Dec 06, 2000
Posts: 80
Hi Yang,
Congratulations.. Well done great score indeed.
U have given a lot of useful information for the exam thanks a lot for that.
So, what are u planning to do next.
Once again Congratulations..
Neeraj
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js yang
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Joined: May 09, 2001
Posts: 40
Thanks everyone. Like a lot of recently made SCJP, I think I will go for the developer's exam next.
BTW, I thought of some more information about the exam:
I had the requisite one question on gridbaglayout. It was pretty easy--all you had to know was what it does. I didn't have to know any specific method, such as what the anchor field does.
Of my 7-8 IO questions, all abut one of them involved stream/writer constructors. I had one question on a specific method of the File class. I would suggest that people try to memorize every method of the File class because MahaAnna also said that the File methods were important. Also, you should know the inheritance relationships of the stream/writer classes. Half of my IO questions involved knowledge of specific class inheritance relationships.
I had two questions where a static method called a non-static variable.
I only had one question specifically involving Collections( all you had to know were the interfaces).
3-4 of my questions involved a good understanding of the pre-fix, post-fix operations. Unfortunately, I think I missed one of them. These were very tricky questions. I would suggest that you fool around a lot with the post/pre-fix operators--write a lot of code!
You have to really understand proper class declarations--there were some tricky questions involving them. You should know what modifiers are allowed for classes.
I had 3-4 questions on inner classes, but they were straightforward. Mostly they involved stuff that involved the easy portion of the JQPlus section on declarations.
And I want again to emphasize that a clear understanding of overiding/overloading is very important!
Good Luck to Everyone Else!
rajashree ghatak
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Joined: Mar 10, 2001
Posts: 151
hi yang,
Congratulations for a great score!!!
i would like to know if various methods of stream classes and Reader/Writer classes from I/O topic important from JCP point of view or memorising their constructors will be sufficient?also did the type-in-answer Qs involved only String/StringBuffer or were they also from other topics?
Good Luck for the future.
rajashree.
js yang
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Joined: May 09, 2001
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Rajashree, besides my one question on the File class, the rest of the questions only involved the constructors for the Stream / Writer classes. I did not have to know any specific method of the Stream / Writer classes.
I had only one write-in question, and it involved the String class.
If you are prepared, the test really is not that hard. Good luck to you, Rajashree.
Charlie Swanson
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Joined: Jan 29, 2001
Posts: 213
Congratulations!!!
Prasanna Wamanacharya
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Joined: Apr 24, 2001
Posts: 143
Congratulations Js Yang!! That is a fantastic score! All the best for your all future endeavours.
Prasanna.
rajashree ghatak
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Joined: Mar 10, 2001
Posts: 151
hi yang,
i would like to know if in the write-in question involving the String class, did u include quotes while typing the answer?
rajashree.
hitesh_shah
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Joined: Apr 11, 2001
Posts: 2
hi
congrats
U have done it???
Ravindra Mohan
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Joined: Mar 16, 2001
Posts: 216
Hi Yang,
Congratulations for the excellent score...
Way to go....
Ravindra Mohan.
Jane Griscti
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Joined: Aug 30, 2000
Posts: 3141
Congratulations js ... great score
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