Passed the SCJP exam today with 93%. Thought I would just give a quick blurb about how I prepared and stuff.
Wrote and read lots of code - I write little to fairly complex programs almost daily. Yeah you can memorize a bunch of methods and stuff, but you aren't going to be nearly as proficient with the language if you don't write code.
Cattle Drive - ok, shameless promotion for the Cattle Drive, but without it, wouldn't be nearly as far along as I am.
Read lots of books - not just exam prep books, read plenty of books on Java in general, and then some specialized ones. It's always good to know more about the language than what the test expects!
Wore my lucky javaranch.com shirt, with ol' moosey on it! What better way to get yourself in the proper mindset than the styling fashions of JavaRanch!
Mock tests - don't rely on these for answers or use them as a basis for what to know, just use them to teach yourself to read things carefully! Used online ones, like Marcus's website, also used JQ+. Again, don't count on these as a basis for your knowledge.
I had a large amount of code examples on my test, which I prefer over convulted theoretical questions any day. Didn't have the overwhelming number of I/O or Thread stuff like other people say, there was a nice mixture of everything really. The only questions that I thought were a bit heavy and out there were some of the stuff on inner classes, anonymous ones in particular. Not that they're hard, the wording was just really freaky. Anyway, that's about it. Using this test to springboard my career away from Windows systems administration stuff, and into programming. Don't think your a whiz at Java after you're done with this, but at least be happy knowing that you don't have to have someone holding your hand each step of the way Jason [ January 04, 2002: Message edited by: jason adam ]
I would like to C O N G R A T U L A T E you very much for getting passed Sun Java Programmers Certification with such a higher score in your belt. Good luck with your assignment. Your fellow from Cattle Drive... Kind regards Rashid Ali