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Passed scjp with (only) 67 % incl. a few comments how i prepared

Stephan Deve
Greenhorn

Joined: Sep 21, 2004
Posts: 13
Hello Ranchers, farmers and gurus,

today i passed the scjp 1.4 exam with a score of 67%.
I know, that�s not as much as most of you have posted here (i always see scores about 80% or higher), but i knew that i wouldn�t make a �Highscore�. One reason for that may be that i took the exam in english and i my english was falling asleep when i started preparation(but i think there were only two questions i misunderstood/couldn�t exactly translate).
By the way, when i left the test-center i forgot my score-report... but it was not a problem to go back and receive it 3 hours later. Funny, isn�t it ? You prepare for a very important thing, and when you get it you forget it....

What i did do right during my preparation:
I read the book of Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates about three times. Some chapters more often, i made all self tests about two times and i made �personal learning cards� with questions and infos of their �two minute drills�.
At the morning of the exam i read all two minute drills again.
I think this book was the most important thing during my preparation. It was very easy to understand, even if english is not your main-language.

I read the book of Khalid Azim Mughal, Rolf Rasmussen.
This was hard stuff, sometimes i had problems to understand (language specific) what they mean. And it was much more than you�ll need for exam. That doesn�t mean that it isn�t a good book, i will keep this book and use it, but for preparation it was too much.
Do not make the same mistake as i made. I kept the mock exam for the last evening before the exam. I was in panic when i only got 48%.

I read Dan Chisholms book and started the mocks. I was running out of time, so i only made half of the book. Very hard stuff. Sometimes i thought that i was a Java-Newbie.
I think this book could be great fun at work. You think you are good in Java ? Then answer me this (just a random question of D.C.) question ;-)
I recommend this book for two kinds of people:
1) the ones who want to make very high score in the exam (i bet if you practice with this book a lot you�ll make easy 90% - 100% (and if they would give bonus-points you would get more than 100%))
2)The ones who like to hurt themself.

I made a 30 days subscription at javacertificate.com. I really recommend this. My average progrees score there was very close to my real exam score. If i had a question i got answers very soon. When i take the scwcd exam next year, i subscribe again.

I printed out three Marcus Greens` mocks and did one each day before i had my exam.
The scores where a little bit lower than in real exam, but maybe i had old versions (or are that awt and i/o questions still in his mocks). Thanks Marcus.

And last but not least: JAVARANCH.COM.
I know, i didn�t write much (i still do not know if everybody understands �my� english), but i read a lot. Most questions and answers were very helpfull for me. And the few times i had a question i received an answer very fast. THANKS.

What i did wrong:
I always read that it is important to drink enought before the exam, cause of dehydration. I think i drank too much, after the first hour i needed a toilet very soon...

I waited with a few tests til the last day before exam. I think it will be much better to do each test a few times. So i could avoid the panic i got with Khalids exams.

I was very nervous. But i think i can do nothing against it.

What was new for me:
This button called �EXIBIT� was new to me. When i practiced i had to scroll. It was strange, that the question was about a result, and i didn�t see any sourcecode. But after the second question i realized that it was very important ;-). (And now i know what exhibit means in german ;-))

I hope the experince i made and wrote down, will help some others, who are still preparing for the �big day�.

Best wishes
Stephan
Vishnu Munnangi
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
Posts: 114
Congrats Stephan

What's next???
Vishnu Munnangi
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
Posts: 114
Congrats Stephan

What's next???
Stephan Deve
Greenhorn

Joined: Sep 21, 2004
Posts: 13
I think i need a little break now. Next year i�ll start to prepare for the web component developer exam.

greetings
Stephan
Joyce Lee
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jul 11, 2003
Posts: 1392
Congratulations, Stephan!!!

What i did wrong:
I always read that it is important to drink enought before the exam, cause of dehydration. I think i drank too much, after the first hour i needed a toilet very soon...


When preparing/studying for any exam, I usually drink a lot of water. But two hours before exam, I'll try to drink as little water as possible for fear of going to toilet half-way during the exam.

I wonder how am I going to take the beta exam...4 hours... :roll:

Joyce
Ajith Kallambella
Sheriff

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations and best wishes for your future endeavors.


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