First of all thanks to (in no particular order): Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates for their excellent book. Paul Sanghera for his excellent book. LearnKey for their practice exam that comes with the first book above. JavaBlackBelt.com for their J2SE core exams. --------------------------------------------------------
Hi folks, I am a Java/Oracle developer from India currently working in UAE. I have five years of Java development experience. I also hold SCJP 1.2 certification (cleared in february 2002 with 84%).
Cleared 1.5 exam on 6th of December 2006 with 69 correct answers out of 72.
Here is the breakdown of scores topic wise : Declarations, Initialization and Scoping - 100% Flow Control - 100% API Contents - 100% Concurrency - 87% (questions in this area are really tough) OO Concepts - 80% (did some silly mistakes here) Collections/Generics - 100% Fundamentals - 100%.
The preparation I did : Read Kathy's book twice, read the two minute drill four times. Read Paul's book once. Took the LearnKey practice exam that comes with Kathy's book , this exam is good, worth taking it. Cleared all the J2SE exams on JavaBlackBelt.com. Posted some questions on JavaBlackBelt.com which really helped me enforce the meterial which I learned. Read nothing a day before the exam nor thought about any of the topics, had a nice sleep the night before the exam.
Following might be helpful to those preparing for the exam : There are mostly code oriented questions rather than theory oriented. A lot of questions(around 10 of them) fall in the fill in the code blocks category, which requires you to have a good understanding of not only java but also programming logic. The questions are really tricky you have to read it carefully twice/thrice before making any choices. There is ample time 2 hours and 55 minutes so dont worry about the time just concentrate on the questions.
Some questions assume that you know the values of certain constant variables , for example a question assumed that I know the values of Math.PI and Math.E.
The questions on threads are the most difficult one, concentrate more on this topic experiment a lot with code, try out new ideas.
Some questions are tricky, for example a question assumed that I know a Rectangle is a Square/Rectangle has a side.
With 100% preparation effort one can score 90%, it is the last 10% score that requires an extra 100% effort from you, may be I have put only 150% effort so I got 95% . I believe that a score of 100% is achievable and I wish best of luck for others to get the same.
And I want to thank you for providing this useful information about the preparation. I want to start the preparation for SCJP 1.5, can you please send me the ebooks on this if you have any. My email id is : firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again Congratulation for this great result !!
Thanks & Regards, Hetal
Joined: Oct 14, 2002
I know that we don't offer a free "ebook" and I don't think that Paul Sanghera does either! Please don't receive or distribute copyrighted material. It takes authors many, many hours to create a technical book, and typically they receive only a buck or two for each copy!
Hi Hetal, I think the price of the book is nothing when compared to the knowledge which you gain by reading it. Specially K&B which is a god book for SCJP 5. Please purchase a copy of the book and appreciate the authors for their efforts in writing such a great book, so that they write another such great book.