Hi 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
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 ]