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
Bachelor of Engineering [Information Science and Engineering]
SCJP 1.4, SCJP 1.5, SCBCD 1.3, SCBCD 5.0
Quest C, Quest C++, Quest Data Structures
OCMJEEA 6.0 PI, PII [In Progress]
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