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SCJP 1.4(77%) in one month

Swapna James
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Joined: Jul 26, 2005
Posts: 56
Dear Fellow Ranchers,

I am happy to tell you guys that I got certified as a SCJP with 77% score on Saturday 10th September,2005. .I wrote the 1.4 exam. I lost points on Threads and Garbage Collection.

I read K&B book and Khalid Mughal. Kathy and Bert have done a great job with that book. Thanks to the guys who run Java Ranch because without this group I will not know half of the things I know now about Java.

This is a list of mock exams I did.


A word for SCJP aspirants- Read the K&B book and do so many mocks. You will get more tips and tricks by doing mock exams than reading a book many times. Reach the venue before the exam time (I did that mistake. NIIT Pune office had shifted and I was not aware of it. Anyway I started one hour before the exam so I could manage to reach the center in time.). Be cool, take a deep breath and start writing the exam because it is not very tough but just tricky .

I don�t want to start a debate whether you can write the exam in one month. Because I don�t know exactly what you should do to write the exam in one month. I was completely concentrating on Java this one month for this exam. And maybe, who knows, I just got lucky. Anyway I am not very happy about the score because I feel I could have done better if I worked for more time.

Special thanks for my friends Srinivas, Selva and Mahesh for their encouragement and support.


Swapna Ann James
SCJP 1.4

SCJP 1.4
Mohamed Shafi
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Joined: Apr 18, 2005
Posts: 119
Congratz Swapna....

and that too in 1 month??? :roll:

Regards,<br /> <br />Shafi.
Rizwan Mohammad
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Joined: Sep 02, 2005
Posts: 445
Great achievement. Celebrate party with your friends srinivas, etc...

Lalitha Vydyula
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Joined: Jul 20, 2005
Posts: 69
Santana Iyer
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Joined: Jun 13, 2005
Posts: 335
Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Congrats Swapna,

We're glad the book helped.

- Bert

Spot false dilemmas now, ask me how!
(If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
Srinivas Krishna

Joined: Dec 10, 2004
Posts: 8
Hi swapna,


Reallly you have achived a great thing. that too in one month

With Regards

Srinivas Krishna
Ginu Jacob

Joined: Jun 19, 2005
Posts: 16
Congrats..and thanx for posting the links....
Pieter Steinberg

Joined: Sep 05, 2005
Posts: 1
Hi Guys

I've just started reading my java books 2 weeks back and I need to be Java Certified. Which books are recommended. And if any of you have books that can help me please forward them to me(esp K&B book).

Thanks In Advnce
Swapna James
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Joined: Jul 26, 2005
Posts: 56
Hi Chanx,

Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide By Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates is the best book and the easiest for SCJP certification.

All the best.

Srinivasa Raghavan
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Joined: Sep 28, 2004
Posts: 1228
Hi Chanx,
As swapna said K&B book is very good. Also have a look at SCJP forum frequently to get a great score. But for that you need to have a valid display name here in ranch. Java ranch has a naming policy please stick on to it..

Thanks & regards, Srini
MCP, SCJP-1.4, NCFM (Financial Markets), Oracle 9i - SQL ( 1Z0-007 ), ITIL Certified
harish shankarnarayan
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Joined: Sep 12, 2005
Posts: 158
great going ...
achievement in this short period.
so heading for the developers exam???

Harish<br />SCJP 1.4 (85%)
Bob Nedwor
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Joined: Aug 17, 2005
Posts: 215

Great Job, Swapna! Congratulations!!

Thanks for the links to the mocks!
[ September 14, 2005: Message edited by: Bob Nedwor ]

Bob N
SCJP - 1.4
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Swapna James
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Joined: Jul 26, 2005
Posts: 56
Thanks Guys.....

And Harish, I didn't make a decision yet but the next step will be OCA or SCWCD.


Sunil Kumar Pradhan

Joined: Sep 20, 2005
Posts: 1
hi swapna ,

I have registered to Java Ranch today and your's is the first message I opened .Congratts!!! I am inspired by your message,your message is definetly boosting the conf. of pepoles like me...

Selva Prasad Rajendran
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Joined: Sep 07, 2004
Posts: 38
Hi Swpana...

Hearty Congrajulations. Its great score in a short span of one month. your tips will be inspiring for many i guess. Congrats!!!

I agree. Here's the link:
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