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cleared SCJP 1.4 with 95%

Douglas Chorpita
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Joined: May 09, 2006
Posts: 97
I took the exam this morning.

I was really nervous before the test.

I was in Europe on Monday and flew in for the exam. The jetlag really had me scared. Yesterday my brain was not working at all. I looked at code samples and it all seemed like some strange unknown language. Fortunately my brain began to work again this morning.

The exam process was nerve-wracking. The staff member was 15 minutes late for work, so I was forced to wait nearly 45 minutes before I could start my test. It seemed like a week went by in those 45 minutes.

The marker pen that I received to work out problems was out of ink. When I signaled for assistance (you are not supposed to leave the exam room), no one came to help me. I lost about 10 minutes due to the lack of attentiveness of the Prometric staff.

But the exam itself seemed pretty easy, especially compared to some of the harder mocks out there. I had lots of time at the end. This was good. I could go back and review all of my initial answers. I think I corrected 2 or 3 mistakes in this phase.

Many thanks to Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra (Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide ... the "must-have" book ), Marcus Green (Mock Exam), Dan Chisholm (massive battery of mock exams in every category ... this was great), Ashish Hareet (Voodoo exams).

Are there any stats on what these scores mean? Percentile rankings?

I imagine that 95% is not too shabby, especially for a C++ guy. Maybe I should teach Java as a career? Any thoughts or feedbacks from anyone?

I was a senior software developer for 15 years, but took 5 years off to study linguistics in a foreign country. In a few months, I will start looking for a real job. That's why I took this exam.

I hope this will help me a lot with landing job interviews. Any thoughts? Should I list my score on my resume? Or it is taboo to list scores? I have seen different opinions.

Nice to be finished. Nice to be able to relax again.

SCJP 1.4 - 95%
wise owen
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Joined: Feb 02, 2006
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milan thumar

Joined: Jan 28, 2006
Posts: 5
congratz!!! very very...................

i also passed wiht same score and same exam.
But unlike you, i am still student of Pune University and doing BE comp last year.
If you have any guidece for me regarding projects in acadamics than please help me.I would like to get sponcer company for java projects in XML,JAVA,
SERVLET AND JSP.So i hope for co-ordination
Robbi Palacios
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Joined: May 25, 2006
Posts: 96
Congratulations. How long did you prepare for this exam?

Sun Certified Java Programmer 5.0
Douglas Chorpita
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Joined: May 09, 2006
Posts: 97
About 8 weeks (10 weeks, but with a two-week vacation squeezed in between).

But I studied about 25 hours a week in those 8 weeks (I teach part-time right now so I have lots of free time). So it was about 200 hours of concentrated preparation.

It is conceivable that for a very busy person (full-time worker? wife and kids?) it might take more than a year to get these 200 hours.
Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
That's a really great score Douglas!

I think if you want to post that score on your resume I think it's okay - it's a top notch score any way you slice it.


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