Hey everyone. Today I passed the SCJP 1.4 exam with 91% (and I'm 16 years old). I used K&B (read it twice) and I did the first 7 of Dan's mock exams. On Dan's exams I scored around 80%. I wish I had spent more time doing mock exams, I had spent a weekend preparing for the exam a few months ago then didn't do anything for a while, and I kind of rushed into doing the exam before school started up again so I only had about 4 days to do mock exams. My one tip would be to mark the questions you are unsure about when you're doing a mock exam and review the answer even if you get it right, don't just focus on the ones you got wrong. Also, my comments on the exam: It was about the difficulty I expected. Some of the thread questions had tricky/complicated wording, but almost all the other questions were clear. I wish they showed you the questions you got wrong at the end, I wanted to know which questions I got wrong. Overall I'm glad I did the exam, I had a year and a half of Java experience before I started studying, but studying taught me so much about Java and it made me a better programmer.
When I was 16 I felt so great about my programming skills instead of keeping learning. That prevented me from learning for many years. (An illness that I diagnosed at many ppl with all levels of education.) You demonstrated what is possible at that age when you keep learning instead of admiring yourself. But if you feel great about passing and about your score - you're right!
Nicholas Cheung - I'm not sure what I want to do next. I'm thinking of SCJD next, but first I want to learn more about JSP, servlets, etc. Maybe I'll go for SCWCD instead. By the way, nice certifications! It takes up 3 lines just to display them all on my screen!
Conan Elvitaro - Every time I look back a year at what I could do then and what I can do now, I'm amazed at how much I've learned. Just thinking of how little I knew about some things keeps me learning more.
Wow, you are a frickin smart 16 year old. I am very impressed. When I was 16 (in 1996) it was only a mere 2 years after my dad (a programmer) sat me down in front of the computer and said, "This is the internet. Kids use it. I am too busy being a serious programmer to figure out what it does. Figure it out and get back to me." After that I learned HTML and thought I was smart. You are so much more smart than smart that you shall now be dubbed super-frickin-smart.
Joined: Jun 26, 2003
Dan - Thanks for the.. hm, we'll say.. root beer
Rebecca - I've had more experience with computers than you did at your age, I've been programming for 9 years (Yup, I wrote my first program at the age of 7. Good old QBASIC). I'm a fast learner.