Hi fellow Ranchers, I gave the SCJP 1.4 exam today evening and scored 100% . I would like to thank the following people: 1. Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates for the wonderful book 2. JavaCertificate.com for the wonderful site 3. Dan Chisholm for the thought provoking tests I had been preparing for the exam since October 2003. I used to study a chapter from K&B. Then give the test at the end of the chapter. And then give the chapter wise test in Javacertificate.com. I revised K&B around 3 times. I then gave the final certification exams on Javacertificate.com. I scored around 92%. Finally I gave all the 20 final exams on Dan Chisholm's site. I never scored above 85% in any of them. However the tests did teach me not to get unnerved by difficult questions. I took 1 hour and 57 minutes for completing the test. I had only 3 minutes for review. The thread questions were dificult. I would advise people to surely take Dan Chisholm's individual topic wise exam on Threads. It was very very helpful. I have one question here. I tried logging on to Cert Manager. However it is giving an error. Can some one please tell me why I am facing this problem. Best of luck to all the people preparing for the exam. Have a nice day. Bye. Regards, Sandeep
Congratulation. That is an impressive score. About the CertManager, according to Sun Website, usually it takes up to 4 days before the exam results will be available in the CertManager database. In my case, it took about 2 weeks before I can view the exam result in CertManager. But I took the exam on Dec 23, so there were Christmas and New Year holiday.
Sandeep, congratulations! Could you please write a description of the approach you took to get 100% and any other tips that come to mind?
Originally posted by Sandeep Achar: Thanks to Yosi, David, Sriram and Bert for their kind words of praise. Thanks David for the clarification on the Cert Manager. Have a nice day guys. Bye.
[ January 28, 2004: Message edited by: Sanjay Joshi ]
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Thanks to Vish, Thomas and Sanjay for their kind words of praise. With regards to how I went about with my preparations, I made it a point to go through K&B thoroughly. It is a beautifully written book and is more than enough to get a good score in SCJP. However assertions is covered in much more depth in Khalid Mughal. After every chapter, give topic wise exam to measure your understanding of the topic. I used to give the topic wise exams on Javacertificate.com. Write as much code as possible. My advice to people is DO NOT use an IDE. Take a simple notepad and start coding. Whenever you find a concept that you are not able to understand, write some code and check it out for yourself. That is the best way of preparing for the exam. Finally after you have revised and re-revised make it a point to give Dan Chisholm's tests. There is a very good chance that you will not score above 80% in any of the tests. But do not get disheartened. Use the tests as an oppurtunity to understand the finer points of Java. The more tests you give, the more confidence you get and that automatically translates to a good performance. Some tips: 1. On the D-Day, stay cool. 2. Take plenty of rest the previous night. NO night outs. 3. Do not be in too much of a hurry to complete the test. Just make sure that you do not get stuck up in a particular question. 4. Do not think too much about the final score. Just take one question at a time. 5. Majority of the questions are fairly simple if you have practised well. Tell yourself this fact whenever you find a difficult question. I think with good preparation and practice anyone can get a good score in SCJP. Hope I have not bored you. Have a nice day. Bye. Regards, Sandeep (SCJP 1.4)