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SCJP5 passed with 92%

Joan Pujol
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Joined: Oct 12, 2005
Posts: 54
I'm very happy with the score , I didn't hope to score so high.
A lot, lot, lot of thanks to all the people to help me in the forums.


What I recommend:

Complete Java 2 Certification Book by Philip Heller
I think that by now is the best book, the concepts are well explained. The problem is that is INCOMPLETE. Don't go to the exam reading only this book, if you do so you will test your luck and surely you will score low if you have the luck to pass the exam.
I don't say that it's a bad book, until K&B is realased I think that is a good option if you don't want to wait.

Whizlabs for SCJP5
Good questions, really adapted to the SCJP5 with a lot of drag and drop questions and questions about new features.
When K&B will be released I think that you possibly you won't need it. But until that I think that it's the perfect complement to the Philip Heller.
Studing the book and making all the tests from Whizlabs I think that you can be quite sure to pass.
About the test I have to say that is more difficult than the exam. And that I don't like the scoring system. I recommend you to ignore the scoring system and calculate yourself the score based on failed questions.

The 11 hard-medium questions from K&B
Very good questions. I think that they are more difficult than the exam. But it's important that after doing the questions you try to learn the concepts to answer well them.

14 questions about generics
http://www.javabeat.net/javabeat/scjp5/mocks/index.php?page=mock1
Very good questions about generics. Also more difficult than the exam.
But I think that is important that you learn the concepts to answer well the questions.

If you do the three tests remember that all of three are more difficult than the exam. But try to understand the concepts to do well all the tests.


For me the more tricky questions where the ones on Threads. The generics were not tricky if you understand well the concepts like that you can't add elements to a wilcard type, that List<Object> is not the parent of all lists,...

The time is OK. If you start your exam with threads don't worry, you will need a lot of time on this questions, but then you will be more fast questions.


And Good Luck,
Barry Gaunt
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Joined: Aug 03, 2002
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I'm happy to be the first to congratulate you Joan, a really fantastic result!
You have been a excellent example to us regarding your approach to studying for the "toughend" SCJP 5.0.
Best wishes,
-Barry


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vidya sagar
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Joined: Mar 02, 2005
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Congrates .............

.......Good results form SCJP5.0
Sara Olsen
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Joined: Oct 12, 2005
Posts: 59
Wao, thats fantastic :-)
Congrats!
Mikalai Zaikin
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Congratz !!!


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Syed Wajid
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Joined: Oct 28, 2005
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CONGRATS Joan Pujol.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE JAVA 5.0 TIGER DEVELOPERS HANDBOOK FROM OREILLY. DOES IT HAVE THE DEPTH ON THE TOPICS ?

I AM DESPERATE TO GIVE THE EXAM BUT AM NOT ABLE TO GET HOLD OF A NEAT BOOK THAT CAN EXPLAIN THE CONCEPTS IN DEPTH.

HOW MUCH TIME DID YOU SPEND ON THEORY AND PRACTICALS AVERAGE ON A DAY ?

THANKS.
Jesus Angeles
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Joined: Feb 26, 2005
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Originally posted by Syed Wajid:
CONGRATS Joan Pujol.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE JAVA 5.0 TIGER DEVELOPERS HANDBOOK FROM OREILLY. DOES IT HAVE THE DEPTH ON THE TOPICS ?

I AM DESPERATE TO GIVE THE EXAM BUT AM NOT ABLE TO GET HOLD OF A NEAT BOOK THAT CAN EXPLAIN THE CONCEPTS IN DEPTH.

HOW MUCH TIME DID YOU SPEND ON THEORY AND PRACTICALS AVERAGE ON A DAY ?

THANKS.


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Syed Wajid
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Joined: Oct 28, 2005
Posts: 12
Jesus Angeles : Your advise is well taken and shall keep posting in the accepted way.
Joan Pujol
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Joined: Oct 12, 2005
Posts: 54
Originally posted by Syed Wajid:
CONGRATS Joan Pujol.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE JAVA 5.0 TIGER DEVELOPERS HANDBOOK FROM OREILLY. DOES IT HAVE THE DEPTH ON THE TOPICS ?

I don't known this book. But if it covers generics and enums depply it can be a good book to complement a SCJP for the 1.4.
I readed a little the

I AM DESPERATE TO GIVE THE EXAM BUT AM NOT ABLE TO GET HOLD OF A NEAT BOOK THAT CAN EXPLAIN THE CONCEPTS IN DEPTH.

I readed the chapter on generics and enums of the Java� Programming Language, The, 4th Edition. And I have to say that is a very complete book.


HOW MUCH TIME DID YOU SPEND ON THEORY AND PRACTICALS AVERAGE ON A DAY ?

I difficult to answer this question. But...
+o- 2 hours a day for 2 month and 4 hours a day the last week.
I had previous Java experience, but not a lot of experience with 1.5 features.

THANKS.[/qb]

[ November 02, 2005: Message edited by: Joan Pujol ]
 
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