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Passed SCJP

Mark Garland
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Joined: Nov 11, 2006
Posts: 226
Hi all,

Just thought I'd let you know my story from rainy England.

Having gained a First Class in BSc(Hons) Software Engineering I thought that this exam would be reasonably easy, and that from my degree I would have 70-80% of the knowledge already and would just need to brush up a few things.
I soon changed my mind when I scored around 30% in a few mock exams I took!!

Problem for me was that my job didn't have a massive Java component to it, meaning that I had to learn most things by continually reading and testing (rather than doing). I also made over 200pages of 'flash cards' with key ideas on them, and took there wherever I went.

After 6-9mths of studying outside of work, I bought the bullet and took the test and was really relieved when I passed first time.

I still have mixed feelings about my grade - 69% (needed 59%). In many ways I feel that I've done well to pass first time without a huge amount of practical experience, especially when I read some exam preparation guides that said "be prepared to fail, many do". On the other hand, would have been happier with a little higher.

Declarations, Initialization and Scoping: 75%
Flow Control: 90%
API Contents: 50%
Concurrency: 50%
OO Concepts: 60%
Collections/Generics: 80%
Fundamentals: 72%
Overall: 69%

Since passing this exam, I have been to two interviews, both who have offered a job.
The job I've accepted has a large J2EE content and the company has offered to train me. They also have a history of frequently supporting their employees through Sun Certification.

With this in mind, I've already got myself a copy of "Head First Servlets & JSP" and my eyes on getting a few more exams under my belt....

28/06/06 - SCJP - 69%, 05/06/07 - SCWCD - 92%, 28/02/08 - IBM DB2 v9 Fundamentals (Exam 730) - 87%, 18/11/08 - IBM DB2 v9 DBA (Exam 731) - 89%, 26/02/11 - SCBCD - 88%
Paul Anilprem
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Joined: Sep 23, 2000
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Congratulations and best wishes for your Java career!!!

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Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Congrats Mark,

It's a really hard exam, and you got a solid score!


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