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Passed SCJP 1.4 - 98%

John Paverd
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Joined: Nov 17, 2002
Posts: 115
I finally took the exam today. It feels good to be done! I learned a lot from participating in the JavaRanch Programmer Certification forum. Thanks to all who posted questions and answers.
The hardest part of preparing for this exam was not learning Java. I had problems memorizing stuff, and kept getting test questions wrong even though I knew the basic material. Taking your suggestions to make flash cards solved the first problem. Taking lots of mock exams solved the 2nd. Dan Chisholm's exams fit the bill here! Practice makes almost perfect
I didn't get the "Kathy and Bates" book(or is that the Sierra and Bert book?)until I was already familiar with most of the material for the exam, but I still found it very useful. The book is very focused on teaching you what you need to know for the exam. The exam watch notes explain all the ways that the examiners will try to trick you. The review questions are very similar to the ones on the real exam.
Some exam taking tips:
As the HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy said, Don't panic! 2 questions out of the first 3 were the hardest on the test. There were a lot of easier questions after that, and I had time to go back and review the questions I was unsure about. If you have time left, I recommend that you review all your answers. I found that I had checked the wrong answer for one of the easier questions.

The question I got wrong was in the Flow control, assertions, and exception handling section. I got all the Threads and GC questions right, and then missed an easier one!
Thanks, JavaRanch.

SCJP 1.4
Sridhar Srikanthan
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Joined: Jan 08, 2003
Posts: 366
Congrats John....Great Score!!!
Dan Chisholm
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Joined: Jul 02, 2002
Posts: 1865
Congratulations on your great score John!

Dan Chisholm<br />SCJP 1.4<br /> <br /><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Try my mock exam.</a>
Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
John - Dude !
You rock, 98% ???
You are SO going to help us when it's time to update the book !!

Spot false dilemmas now, ask me how!
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Valentin Crettaz
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
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Excellent shot John

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Zulfikar Dharmawan
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Joined: Feb 01, 2002
Posts: 74
Great score! What's your only miss?

Zulfikar Dharmawan
SCJP1.4, ICS DB2, ICD Websphere
Ruff Young
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Joined: Sep 26, 2002
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SCJP2, SCWCD<br />IBM Certified WebSphere<br />IBM Certified Solution Developer for WSAD
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations and good luck with your future endeavours! When I passed SCJP in 2000 the only question I got wrong was a fill-in answer. I didnot include the ; at the end of the statement and I got (only) 98% bummer!

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
John Paverd
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Joined: Nov 17, 2002
Posts: 115
Sounds like you deserved to get 100%, but I didn't. I chose the wrong answer on a question about unreachable code.
Thanks, all.
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