Thanks to Kathy and Bert's book, today I passed SCJP 1.4 with 86%. Up until 3 months ago I had never written a Java program, and am not from an IT background, so the book was a great help. The practice MasterExam was very useful, with no distracting questions about java.awt.* or java.io.*, unlike other resources that claim to be a 1.4 preparation guide. The two minute drill and Self Test questions were great, some of them being even harder than the ones I answered today! Thanks for your help, guys. I am now looking for a job in the IT industry in the UK, so armed with this certification and the knowledge I have gained from studying your book I feel boosted to a new level of confidence that I will be successful. Now I think a drink or two is called for !