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Passed SCJP 5.0 Upgrade with 86%

 
Sumith Puri
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Hi,

First of all i would like to mention that i have been a silent observer all these days on JavaRanch. The site was like a mentor all the while during my exam preparation. I would like to thank JavaRanch - which is each and everyone of you who have provided with helpful posts on various technical topics as well as on the exam itself.

Well, i have cleared the SCJP 5.0 Upgrade Exam today with 40 out of 46 answers correct, which is 86%. Exciting!

I spent about two months on the preparation @ about 1-2 hour per day. I am already certified on the version 1.4 of the exam and hence required relatively lesser time in preparation. I used the following during my preparation: Javaranch, Sierra & Bates SCJP Book, Master Exam Available with the Book, Purchased the Whizlabs SCJP 5.0 Preparation Kit and Marcus Green Mock Exam. I did write some small programs too to burn it in, but since i am experienced and also use Java in my day-to-day work, effort spent on this part was minimal.

My scores in the various mock exams were:

28-JulWhizlabs Diagnostic 80%
04-AugLearn Key MasterTest 182%
31-JulWhizlabs Practice 0165%
01-AugWhizlabs Practice 0271%
02-Aug Marcus Green Mock Exam 89%
03-AugWhizlabs Practice 0376%
04-AugWhizlabs Practice 0487%
08-AugWhizlabs Final Exam97%
09-Aug Learn Key MasterTest 265% (Fail)

The exam was relatively easy when compared with the mock exams and preparation kits available. There were about 8 drag and drop questions, with most questions testing me on the new features as this was an upgrade exam (i guess). I think i missed out on questions mostly based on "API Contents".

Advice to all the JavaRanchers appearing for the exam - take as many mock exams available, relax and sleep well before the exam and pace yourself well in the exam.

Phew! That was a long and exhaustive post... Well, i guess that covers up for not posting for so long in these forums
 
madhu kancharla
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hi sumit ,congrats yaar its very good score
keep it up,
i have to attempt it on 31 of august.
can you suggest me which mock tests are good for practice(scjp5)
thanks
 
Marc Wentink
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Good stuff!
 
Sumith Puri
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Originally posted by madhu kancharla:
can you suggest me which mock tests are good for practice(scjp5)


If you are planning to buy, my experience with Whizlabs Kit was very good and i felt it has the right mix of questions from all topics, which are very close to the real exam.

Else, Marcus Green's Exam and Learn Key Exams and Quizzes(Available in the CD with Sierra & Bates' SCJP book) will prepare you in the right earnest.
 
Steve Arlington
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Originally posted by Marc Wentink:
Good stuff!
 
Steve Arlington
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Originally posted by madhu kancharla:
hi sumit ,congrats yaar its very good score
keep it up,
i have to attempt it on 31 of august.
can you suggest me which mock tests are good for practice(scjp5)
thanks


Some useful links are in this site JavaCertlinks.com

Thanks
 
Joe Harry
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Congrats!
 
Vassili Vladimir
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Congrats
 
Bert Bates
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Congrats Sumith,

and thanks for all the good info.

Bert
 
Raghavan Muthu
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Congratulations Sumith Puri

Good show.
 
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