This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Well I passed today. What an experience, quite a realization of how robust the language really is! I thought I would share how I prepared for those out there who are still studying. I used the Heller text for base of my preparation. I found it well written, and to the point. I also had the Khalid book but I found that it went in to much more detail than I thought I would need for the actual test. After I went through RHE once, I went through again and took all my highlited areas and created a word document that served as a study giude for the rest of my prep. After going through the book for the second time I started taking as many "quality" mock exams as I could. I did all three Marcus Green and also purchased JQ+. After my first exam experience with JQ+ I was extremely discouraged because I scored only a 56%. I took some solace in the fact that the Javaranchers who post on this board all agreed that the JQ+ mocks are harder than the real thing. So I continued ahead, after each exam updating my study guide for future reference. well, I finally got to the point where I was averaging in the low 70's for the JQ+ exams and I had also gotten to the point where I wasn't repeating any mistakes. (This is the key to passing. If your mistakes are because the exam is presenting with you something you have never seen before that's OK. Just make sure you don't make the mistake again. JQ+ presents a lot of info. that I guess you'll never see on the exam. ) When I got a question wrong I would just add the note to the study guide. Well I just got back from the test and scored an 86%. Wow, what a load off! Thanks to all those who posted on this board and above all else just kept from getting discouraged when it looked like things would never click. Good Luck to all! Scott Farran Sun Certified Java Prgrammer
Congratulations Scott. I made 86% too. That like makes us blood brothers or something don't you think? I took mine in December and still can't get my head out of the clouds. Great Job, Michael Morris SCJP2
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