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Passed SCJP 1.5

Sital Kotamraju

Joined: Mar 21, 2006
Posts: 13
I would like to Thank Bert and Kathy for helping me Pass this test. This is THE book to read.

I read the scjp 1.5 k&b book couple of times and did several mocks. I took about a month to prepare for this exam.

Thanks everyone for all your posts.
sunimal senaratne

Joined: Mar 30, 2006
Posts: 4
Congratulations Sital
I m also preparing for 1.5
Hey .. How many hours u spent per day and did u managed to read whole book several times with in 1 month ?

Sumit Badheka

Joined: Sep 20, 2005
Posts: 14
congratulations sital
i am planning to giv the test on 20th Apr

tell us more did u had any previous exp in Java ?
how many hrs did u practiced coding for the exam ?
which mocks do you suggest? also how did you came to know dat you are ready for the exam? ....i mean were you getting 90% in the mocks before giving the exam?

please share your ideas and suggestions it will be of gr8 value for us
Mikalai Zaikin
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Joined: Jun 04, 2002
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Congratz !!!

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Sital Kotamraju

Joined: Mar 21, 2006
Posts: 13

I have several years of Java/J2EE experience. Last year it got rusty however. I had scjp 1.2 cert also. But I think writing this was a totally different experience. Its much much harder and I really got a feeling of achievement yesterday.

I prepared full time for this exam(4 hours effectively per day). The first pass I read through the book writing only a few programs - which was a big mistake. But when I started to read the second time I got more indepth understanding and also I wrote hundreds of programs. Third time I concentrated on what other people here have said are more important - Generics, Enums, Autoboxing, Threads, API, Collections. So I ended up with near 100% in all these topics. But there were lot of tricky questions from the first part(of the book) as well which I did not concentrate as much.

My suggestion is, when you write programs to learn a topic the important thing is to write the programs all different ways possible - not just the correct way(which I used to do).

I did whizlabs mocks and the two exams from the book. I was barely passing the mocks because I was not reading the questions properly and then I read this post by Scott Johnson in SCWCD which made me understand what my mistake was, and then I started doing better :

During the exam, I had to force myself to slow down, read and re-read the question.

One of my biggest problems while taking the mock exams was not slowly reading the question text and code fragments. I would see what I expected to see and not what was actually on the page. This would cause me to miss something important and then I would get the wrong answer.

Good Luck
[ March 31, 2006: Message edited by: Sital Kotamraju ]
wise owen
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Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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Congrats Sital!

Thanks for the great tips, we agree that it's very important to write lots of small Java programs to test your knowledge.


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