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Passed SCJP 1.4 96%

Tom Adams
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Joined: Feb 07, 2003
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Thanks to everyone in the Programmer Certification forum not only for the answers but the companionship � it felt like I was learning with a group. Also the tenacity some of you go after the truth with helped me get with the program.
Thanks again I enjoyed the stop SCWCD! Ye-Ha cowboy!
Anyway my tips are all the regular ones�.
  • Lots of thread questions that are quite lengthy � most of these boiled down to the behavior cannot be guaranteed.
  • couple of trick questions, with instance methods being called from main, assignments in if statements, Immutable Strings etc.
  • Make sure you know inner classes (all types), overriding access modifiers etc.
  • I had plenty of time and used all of it. First pass I took slow, then I did a second complete pass, then came back to marked questions.
  • when I was taking the test I kept careful notes on my thoughts for questions I was not 100% sure on. I also kept notes on all calculations, bit shifts etc.
  • the testing center gave me a laminated sheet and a marker to write with which I was not expecting but worked out fine.

  • My study plan was simple. I have worked with Java on again/off again for about 2 years. But have done programming in several other environments.
  • I used Kathy / Bert�s book for a base. Read all chapters at least once � Threads and Inner classes several times.
  • I wrote and ran a lot of "test" code just like the mocks and examples...this helped me remember concepts.
  • Used the Master Exam that is part of their book
  • Used several other mock exams
  • Compiled a list of Java �Gotcas� that I reviewed daily the last week
  • Played a lot with the Rules Round Up Game

  • Tom
    Dan Chisholm
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    Joined: Jul 02, 2002
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    Congratulations Tom!

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    Bert Bates

    Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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    Tom -
    Rockin' score ! Congrats !

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    Ruff Young
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    Sridhar Srikanthan
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    Joined: Jan 08, 2003
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    Congrats Tom
    Great score!!!
    Jasper Vader
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    Joined: Jan 10, 2003
    Posts: 284
    solid tips! good advice., thanks.
    btw - that, sir, is an awesome score.

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    Valentin Crettaz
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    Joined: Aug 26, 2001
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    Nice shot Tom

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    Ajith Kallambella

    Joined: Mar 17, 2000
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    Congratulations and good luck with your future endeavours! And thank you for your helpful tips.

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