Thanks god � Passed SCJP 5.0 yesterday scoring 81%
I want to thank all people who helped me during my study, specially my mother, brother and friends: shady, nour, mourad for their continuous support, also special thanks to all people who wrote posts in this great forum.
Java experience: currently I am a PHP programmer, I didn�t write 1 line of java code since 3 years, when I took java in my university(in egypt), also at that year I studied for SCJP 1.3 but I didn�t attempt the exam.
Study duration: 3 months � 10 days (beside work)
1-Complete java 2 certification study guide, Fifth Edition � Philip Heller (Don�t study from that book if u r attempting the 5.0 exam� it is USELESS)
2- Java 2 v5.0 (Tiger) New Features � Herbert Schildt (Good book)
3- Sun generics tutorial.
4- K&B (unfortunately... it came late so I used the �2 Min Drill� and �Exam watch� sections and solved some self test questions �which helped a lot)
5- The Great Whizlabs Simulator (if we put aside �wrong question answers� , �out of scope questions� and �the DnD question scoring� )
1-Study Hard ( try to understand every thing ) 2-Take Notes 3-Make �Code� for every Objective... The exam is performance based so if don�t have mush experience �. Build one as I did 4-Solve as mush exams as you can � 5-Make general rules and abbreviations ( I combined operators precedence � descending order- in one word �UASC BSCA� where U=Unary A=Arithmetic S=Shift �.etc ) 6-Read posts in this forum
Final note: whizlabs exams are mush harder than the real exam� this is for our sake � but don�t let your score in whizlabs decrease your self confidence (I got 62% in the last whizlabs exam and that was one day b4 the real exam.
Wishing you all GOOD LUCK in your exams [ March 01, 2006: Message edited by: karim ouda ]
�He who treads a path in search of knowledge, God will make that path easy, leading him to paradise�.... Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)