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try{ SCJP Exam; } catch {FailedException fe) {} finally { Cleared it with 88% }

M Sharma
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Joined: Dec 13, 2001
Posts: 106
Hi Ranchers,
Thank you all .....
So finally ... i cleared SCJP exam with 88%... without any FailedExceptions ...kept a target of securing 100% .... but was not able to acheive...but i think its a decent score. I gave my exam on 27th (Saturday) of this month.
My Java Exp : 2 yrs.
Time devoted for studies : 6 months (part - time).
Actually i felt short of time. When i was on 60th Question ... only two minutes were remaining. when i switched to 61st Question i saw the clock, which showed my 13 seconds remaining for that big thing to get over, and as the last question was a code snippet, those 13 seconds were too short for me.... When the time elapsed, i saw the question and i knew the answer.... but due to shortage of time at that moment i just clicked arbitarily on the wrong answer.
I gave exam very camly and casually....without panicking..... or tension and it was there i wasted some time..... though would suggest you to take exam very cool and calmly but not at the cost of time.
I reffered Certification guides by :-
1) Robert and Heller
2) Khalid Mughal
3) Kathy's Study guide (borrowed from a friend for last 2 or 3 days before exam)
Thank you all the authors for those Excellent books.
All the three books are good. Robert's book is good for starting the preparation... Khalid's book is good for laying sound foundation... and Kathy's book is excellent in giving the finishing touch....without which your preparation would be incomplete
I found mock exams tough than the real exam.
I appeared for Java - rules roundup on Java Ranch... scored 100% in that. I gave JWhiz Test and averaged 80% in the test. I gave all the three Marcus green exams (1.2) and the one for (1.4), averaged around 80% - 85% in marcus green mock exams. I also gave one Dan's Test... scored very poorly 58%. I also gave Master exam which comes along with Kathy's study guide.
All these exams i just started 2 - 3 days before the exams.
On the day before the exam.. when i completed marcus green's 1.4 securing around 85%... then i started Master Exam that come along with Kathy's guide...and secured just 78%...and let me tell you i found this exam very tough and took around 3hrs to complete it. In this Master Exam it showed 80% as the passing i was declared failed followed by this was the Dan's Exam... that was a another nightmare....secured only 58%... .... So all these proceedings on the last day really shattered my confidence level and was very much stressed out and was not feeling very confident......and the thing i did was just left from office that day and went home and slept.....and the next day morning was a new start.
Therefore i would suggest you'll to give these exams atleast 10 days before the exam so that you can build yourself on those week points. Start up by giving those tough exams earlier followed by the easier one's... coz i think it would help you gain the confidence level which matters a lot when it comes to real exam.
If any one of you find Collections difficult as i did.... just refer Kathy's study guide.. every thing will be all right. I never found this chapter so well explained ..from exam point of view, in any of the study guides. Scored 100% in collections framework ... thank you kathy..
Infact i didn't got enough time to refer kathy's study guide...i only reffered collections...threads and equals and hashcode contract from this book...apart from this ...i also glanced through some exam tips provided in the book....and those were simply invaluable, so do refer this book before giving the exam.
Now planning to give SCWCD... Can anyone suggest some good books or resources for SCWCD.... you have a guide for SCWCD... ???
Thank you all ...ranchers...this score wouldn't have been possible without your help.


Regards, Manish
SCJP 1.4
Raja Sagar Panamgipalli
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Joined: Aug 13, 2003
Posts: 109
Congrats Manish ..
Why is every body prefering to go for SCWCD when the most important task SCJD. I think it should be the next logical step.
Plz guys this relating to new thing Enterprise J2EE revolution..
thanx :roll:

SCJP 1.4<br />SCBCD 1.3
Sainudheen Mydeen
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Joined: Aug 18, 2003
Posts: 218
Hi Manish Sachdev
You may go for 'SCWCD EXAM STUDY KIT' by Hanumant Deshmukh and Jignesh Malavia. I think Kathy's 'Head First SCWCD' book is not yet published.
M Sharma
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Joined: Dec 13, 2001
Posts: 106
Hi Raja,
After passing SCJP you have the following options available :-
1) SCJD ( You will take this exam if you want to specialize in Application Development using Java )
2) SCWCD or SCBCD (You will take this exam if you want want to specialize on the web front )
So it depends in which area you want to specialize.
Do visit
Sun Microsystem's Website for more information
Valentin Crettaz
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
Posts: 7610
Nice shot Manish
I'm moving this to the Results forum. Please continue this discussion there. Thank you

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Harry Singh
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Joined: May 02, 2001
Posts: 124
Nice shot Manish...
Congrats on being SCJP and it feels so good.. isnt it? Manish!! i also wanna do more certifications as these really help so lets share our knowledge about SCWCD or SCBCD and which one you think will be good for next shot..
Cheers and Congrats once again...
O Joseph
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Joined: Jun 27, 2003
Posts: 75
big congrats to u meen. u made us proud. a good good score.
looking forward to ur mail soon...

Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Manish -
Great job!
We're glad the book helped!
For this version of the exam we recommend the SCWCD book by Deshmukh.
The SCWCD will be significantly upgraded next winter, and we WILL have a book for that upgrade. So if you have to study now, use Deshmukh, if you are going to wait until winter, you could see if the new book gets any good reviews.

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M Sharma
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Joined: Dec 13, 2001
Posts: 106
Hi Harjinder, definately feels good...and more confident indeed. if we are heading towards same direction i.e. SCWCD we can definately share our knowledge... I have sent you my yahoo messenger id on your hotmail a/c. So do keep in touch.
Thank you Sainudheen and Bert for that information on SCWCD.
[ October 01, 2003: Message edited by: Manish Sachdev ]
shweta mathur
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Joined: Sep 23, 2002
Posts: 109
Hi Manish,
Congratulations for the great score !!

Hey, I wud suggest you to take SCBCD first, becoz there is going to be a new version of SCWCD soon, so I guess u shud take the new version exam. Till then u can take SCBCD.
But, ya that is possible if you already know JSP/servlets as without that learning EJB wud be a bit difficult.
Do u have experience in JSP/servlets/EJB ?

--Shweta<br />SCJP 1.4 <br />SCWCD
M Sharma
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Joined: Dec 13, 2001
Posts: 106
Hi shweta,
Thank you !!!. I have very resonable experience on JSP but i will need to learn servlets, coz i have very little knowledge about it. But don't you think that even if the new version comes, most of the curriculum will remain same, as it happened when they took out new version of SCJP (1.4), but really can't predict about the changes they are about to propose... If you have any idea.... do let me know
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