This week's book giveaway is in the OCMJEA forum.
We're giving away four copies of OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide and have Paul Allen & Joseph Bambara on-line!
See this thread for details.
The moose likes Certification Results and the fly likes Passed SCJP 1.4 - 91% :) Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login


Win a copy of OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide this week in the OCMJEA forum!
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Certification » Certification Results
Bookmark "Passed SCJP 1.4 - 91% :)" Watch "Passed SCJP 1.4 - 91% :)" New topic
Author

Passed SCJP 1.4 - 91% :)

Paul Zill
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 12, 2003
Posts: 28
Just took the SCJP 1.4 exam in Austin, TX and passed with a 91%!
Praise be to Kathy & Berts wonderful book! And this wonderful ranch!
I had no Java programming experience (or OO for that matter) coming into the exam and both were indispensable.
Started studying on April 21,2003 and spent the next 2.5 months reading and rereading THE BOOK and started taking mock exams this last week.
I have to say wish their were more geared for 1.4 ones.
Bill Brogden's Exam (online) and the LearnKey MasterExams that came with the book and the extra one online were the ones that I spent the most on (and the ones that most resembled the actual exam).
Dan Chisholm's Mock Exam is good for learning and picking up some edge cases, but it is not good if you wan to get a good feeling for the actual exam.
To wrap up I'd like to say one more time that Kathy & Berts book is great! It's a wonderful read and worth it's weight in GOLD!!! Kathy & Berts I owe you guys a beer if you are ever in Austin
La Vish
Ranch Hand

Joined: Apr 17, 2002
Posts: 158
pardner,
Congratulations!


La Vish
SCJP 1.4, President 60s Club
Jessica Lang
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jul 23, 2002
Posts: 61
Congrats too....
I am surprised that you are able to do so well, without having any OO language before this. You success has made me think that I can do the same too.
Are you from Structured language background?
Bert Bates
author
Sheriff

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8815
    
    5
add -
Congrats! Great score!
We're glad the book helped, and you better watch out - we've been talking about coming to Austin and we will definitely take you up on your beer offer!
-Bert


Spot false dilemmas now, ask me how!
(If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
Valentin Crettaz
Gold Digger
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2001
Posts: 7610
addictarmy,
Congratulations and welcome to Javaranch, a friendly place for Java greenhorns
We ain't got many rules 'round these parts, but we do got one. Please change your displayed name to comply with the JavaRanch Naming Policy.
Thanks Pardner! Hope to see you 'round the Ranch!


SCJP 5, SCJD, SCBCD, SCWCD, SCDJWS, IBM XML
[Blog] [Blogroll] [My Reviews] My Linked In
Paul Zill
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 12, 2003
Posts: 28
We ain't got many rules 'round these parts, but we do got one.

Sorry 'bout that bartender. Done.
Are you from Structured language background?

Yes, I am.
By day I am a Quality Assurance Engineer and I have done a lot of automation using tools like WinRunner, LoadRunner, Silk Test, Rational Robot, etc, all of which are very procedural and "C" like in their programming structure. I have also done a fair share of shell scripting (bash, perl, python).
OO was a tough hurdle at first, but the ranch here really spelled things out for me.
Francis Siu
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 04, 2003
Posts: 867
Well done~~


Francis Siu
SCJP, MCDBA
Jessica Lang
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jul 23, 2002
Posts: 61
Hi Paul,
I am so inspired with your success....coming from a non-OO background, the journey can be tough. I am currently reading K&B book too. Will need to do the exam in Sept, which means I have less than 3 months left now....
Paul Zill
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 12, 2003
Posts: 28
Good luck Jessica.
I'd recommend saving the downloadable master exam from learn key for the very end. I took some online 1.4 exams, and the one on the cd a lot about a week before the exam and saved the extra downloadable one for right before the exam. I believe this exam will give you a good idea of how you will do on the actual exam.
Jessica Lang
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jul 23, 2002
Posts: 61
Thanks Paul for the advice. Can I know how long (hrs) did u spend daily for the past 2.5 months that you spent in preparing for the exam? I know it is tough when one needs to work fulltime too.
Paul Zill
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 12, 2003
Posts: 28
I spent around 3-4 hours after work on the weekdays and probablly around 6 hours on the weekends consistently for 2.5 months.
With the last week just taking as many 1.4 practice exams as I could and saving the downloadable one for last.
[ July 14, 2003: Message edited by: Paul Zill ]
Tong Chen
Ranch Hand

Joined: Apr 26, 2002
Posts: 1011
Congratulations to you!


Tong Chen (Seattle USA)<br />SCJP,SCWCD,SCDJWS,IBM XML,MCP.NET,MCAD.NET,MCSD.NET
Jessica Lang
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jul 23, 2002
Posts: 61
Thanks Paul. I can use your sechedule as a guidance in planning for my time too.
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
 
subject: Passed SCJP 1.4 - 91% :)