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Sasha Ruehmkorf
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Joined: Mar 29, 2007
Posts: 115
Hi. I passed SCJP on Wednesday with 100%

My preparation:
I prepared for 2 1/2 months with at least 5 hours the day. After my diploma in mathematics, I had a highly theoretical approach to Java (At university I have learned a lot about computer science like finite automats, context-free grammar, analysis of algorithms and so on. But never delved into the depths of any specific programming language)
So, I started learnig with the bible about SCJP: K&B. I also rented some other books about this topics, but liked K&B the most: written in a casual tone, but dry and accurate when it has to. And the writers always kept in mind to just give you the informations you'll need for the exam, nothing more and nothing less. Thanks!

It took me 4 weeks to work through this book, taking all the self-tests directly after I made one chapter and scored about 50% on an average. So I started from the beginning, read every chapter a second time and wrote index cards about all the details I already had forgotten (I ended up with 900 of these cards...) All the time I wrote many small programms to check things out. I discovered the Java Language Specification at that time and read most of it, without the claim to memorize all these tiny little distinctions and rules, but it gave me a very good feeling about why things are the way they are in Java.

Now, I really had the feeling to understand every important (for the exam) concept and made the selftests of K&B a second time. This time scored about 70%, feeling very dissatified with my performance. It became clear to me, that my theoretical knowledge of concepts was sufficiant and my weak points were: Memorizing the API and especially: reading code snippets. Memorizing the API lead to another 200 index cards. As I tended to follow the flow of the given code snippets overlooking the basics (like missing imports, visibility of members or syntax like "case default:") I took the masterexam (without time limit) and trained to first scan every code regarding these topics like a compiler would and to spot oddities (like members marked final, explicitly given constructers but missing no-arg-constructers, members marked protected...) I felt really confident with the outcome and signed up for the exam. The last week I just took some other mock exams (K&B Bonus master exam, and inquisition). My plan was to take all the mock-exams from the linklist here at JavaRanch, but I was so fed up with learning, that I only managed these three.

The exam:
Don't know what to say. Maybe I had a bit of luck: the questions I got have been absolutely straight-forward. No code snippets with more than 20 lines of code. No confusing thread questions (as others have experienced. I think there have been only about 5 thread-related questions). Many many generics questions. Before reviewing the drag-and-drop questions, a window popped up, warning me that previous answers will be deleted. The amount of right options have been given always. Most of the time there were no "code will not compile" options, but "code will not compile due to an error on line...". All questions I got, could be answered with the informations given in K&B, all! (Thanks again)

Some tips:
- It's not only important to understand the concepts but to find your own way of how to read the given code and not to overlook the pennys
- Make sure that pencil and paper is allowed in your testing center
- If you score 50% or more on the K&B exam (or bonus exam) and do not suffer from extreme exam nerves: You will definately pass the exam. (no responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information )
- If you are now planning to take the exam in the next months: Order the voucher till June 23 and use the code given here: to get a free retake.

Good Luck!
Chandra Bhatt
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Joined: Feb 28, 2007
Posts: 1710
Congrats Sasha,

Amazing score!
Now you are on list of rare SCJP pass outs who have scored 100%.


Vassili Vladimir
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Joined: Mar 08, 2007
Posts: 1585

Vassili ...
SCJP 5.0, SCWCD 1.4, SCJA 1.0
Prasad Tamirisa
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Joined: Mar 26, 2007
Posts: 130
Congracts Thats a great job.

And i should say thanks to you.
You cleared some of my doughts that i posted here

Durga Prasad
Padma Asrani
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Joined: Mar 22, 2007
Posts: 111
Congrats Sasha. It's an amazing score.

srinivas marasu
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Joined: Mar 25, 2007
Posts: 290
Hi sasha, congratulations! unforgettable score!Thanks for sharing your mission scjp.

Manfred Klug
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Joined: Jun 04, 2007
Posts: 377
Congrats Sasha.
Tamil selvan
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Joined: Apr 07, 2007
Posts: 69

Congrats Sasha. Great Score!

Thanks for sharing your experience.

SCJP 1.4

All the knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in your own mind - Swami Vivekananda
anil kumar
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Joined: Feb 23, 2007
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Anil Kumar
Nik Arora
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Joined: Apr 26, 2007
Posts: 652
Hi Sasha,
Great Score.

kalpana ram
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Joined: May 20, 2007
Posts: 38
Congrats shasha!!

Mohit Chadha
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Joined: Feb 04, 2007
Posts: 264
Gary Marshall
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Joined: Feb 19, 2007
Posts: 122
Good Job!!!

Jeesh... So far I only have 100 index cards...

Vijaya Raghava
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Joined: Jul 30, 2006
Posts: 37

Congratulations from myside.. Really Amazing Score..
Sasha Ruehmkorf
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Joined: Mar 29, 2007
Posts: 115
Thank you all
Percy Dadabhoy

Joined: Mar 26, 2007
Posts: 26
Congratulations Sasha.

Great score!!!

You deserved it after all the trouble you took.

Rizwan Qadri
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Joined: May 28, 2007
Posts: 40
Hi Sasha,Congrats
How you have scored the ultimate? Pleaze share . Have you used whizlabs mock test
Vivian Josh
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Joined: Oct 31, 2006
Posts: 112
Congrats !!! Great Score !

I am also preparing for the exam and going through K&B book second time. Still I am not getting very satisfied scores on mock test. Can you tell me about maintaining index cards? How do you maintain that?

Thanks !
Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Holy good green-eyed Liz!!!

I know Java authors who didn't get 100%!!

That's an incredible, amazing score Sasha!



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Joe Harry
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Joined: Sep 26, 2006
Posts: 10031

Awesome score. Congrats!

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Anthony Ku Ong
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Joined: Dec 09, 2006
Posts: 235
Congratulations !

SCJP 1.4 , SCWCD 1.5 , SCBCD 1.5
Raghavan Muthu
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Joined: Apr 20, 2006
Posts: 3381

Howdy Sasha..

Wonderful, amazing, unbeatable Score

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