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Passed SCJP

Vad Fogel
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Joined: Aug 25, 2003
Posts: 504
Today, I passed the SCJP 1.4 exam. Here's some details of my background and resources used:
Java background: 3 college Java courses
Time invested: 4 months of average of 3 to 4 hours day-by-day preparation
Certification guides: K & B read twice cover to cover.
Mock exams: Dan's, Valentin's, Marcus Green's, free Sun's web tests
Other resources: forum, JLS, JVM specs,, Sun news letters, news letters, Round Up races, Deitel & Deitel "Java How to Program"
Three nights before the big day I took K&B's MasterExam the first time and scored 95%. Bonus was 93%. I also did MG's 1.4 and scored 100%.
Two nights before the exam, I crammed through K&B (Summaries and exam watches).
One night before: did nothing at all.
Despite a rather high score (96 %), I'm not under impression that the test was easy. It started with about 6 thread questions out of the first 10 that contained code snippets. That forced me to mark 3 or 4 of them and move over. Also, at that point I realized that the trip wouldn't be as easy as I expected. I had managed to make three full passes through the questions before I hit the buzzer. Be on watch for tricky Thread and GC questions (they are not exactly the same as K&B's). Knowing Math class in and out helps too. I made 2 mistakes in the areas where I thought I was concrete solid:
--Flow Control, Assertions, and Exception Handling;
--Overloading, Overriding, Runtime Time, and OO
Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank you very much, Kathy and Bert, for you fabulous preparation tool, for maintaning this wonderful web site, and for being available to answer certification questions.
I'm also very greatful to Dan on making his intricate collection of smart questions. My being able to score low 90-s on his mocks has become a key to success.
My very special words of thanks go to Thomas Paul, who has always returned quick responses to my questions thus clarifying any doubts, and Marlene Miller, whose willingness to help on this forum has become a legend.
Also, thanks all who've participated in the forum discussions making a difference!
[ November 10, 2003: Message edited by: Vad Fogel ]
Barkat Mardhani
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Joined: Aug 05, 2002
Posts: 787
Great score Vad.
Thomas De Vos
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Joined: Apr 12, 2003
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Many congratulations Vad. You deserve it. Great score.
And an extra THANK YOU for providing such a great feedback on the questions published on our site.
[ November 10, 2003: Message edited by: Thomas De Vos ]

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Jeff Bosch
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Joined: Jul 30, 2003
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Hey, Vad - Congratulations!
That's a great score. Your inquiring mind and attention to detail will take you far in JavaLand.

Give a man a fish, he'll eat for one day. Teach a man to fish, he'll drink all your beer.
Cheers, Jeff (SCJP 1.4, SCJD in progress, if you can call that progress...)
Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Vad -
Fantastic job! Congratulations!
We're glad the book helped, and we really hope you'll stick around and share your knowledge.

Spot false dilemmas now, ask me how!
(If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
Harwinder Bhatia
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Joined: Oct 17, 2003
Posts: 150
Hey Vad
Excellent job !!
Hope you hang around the forum to help others like me
Marlene Miller
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Joined: Mar 05, 2003
Posts: 1391

Congratulations Vad!

I enjoyed very much studying with you.
[ November 10, 2003: Message edited by: Marlene Miller ]
Andres Gonzalez
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Joined: Nov 27, 2001
Posts: 1561
Excellent Score Vad, keep it up!!!

I'm not going to be a Rock Star. I'm going to be a LEGEND! --Freddie Mercury
Vad Fogel
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Joined: Aug 25, 2003
Posts: 504
Thank you friends for these warm congratulations! It's also been my pleasure studying with you, and I hope to carry on these experiences through the forthcoming preparation sessions!
Lalitha Chandran
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Joined: Jul 03, 2003
Posts: 92
Congratulations. Great Score
Lalitha Chandran
Mcgill Smith
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Mcgill Smith
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I agree. Here's the link:
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