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Passed SCJP 5.0 with 77%

Frank Knoll

Joined: Dec 12, 2007
Posts: 6

yesterday I passed the SCJP 5.0 exam with 77%.
Here is how I prepared:
1. I read the excellent KB book and did the self tests. That took me about two weeks, studying almost every day including weekends.
2. I did some of the mock exams from and depending on the exam results I reread some chapters from the KB book and wrote little programs in order to understand things better, which took me another two weeks.

In taking the mock exams I realized that I couldn't get through the whole exam answering every question, because I am too slow: after about three hours there still were about 10 out of 72 questions unanswered. So I couldn't do the multi-pass-go-through described in the KB book on page XXXVII. I did it this way in the real exam: trying to answer every short question first, marking the ones I am unsure and leaving off the long ones; then answering the long questions and afterwards reviewing the marked questions.
The questions in the real exam were easier than in some mock exams, so I managed to go through all 72 questions.

I wish all of you who will take the exam good luck and don't give up.
Cheers, Frank
Joe Harry
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prajal Mehta
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Joined: Dec 03, 2007
Posts: 66
Congrats Frank

Please could you tell me if there were many Generics questions and what was their difficulty level?
I plan to take the exam within couple of days. But Generics scare me
Frank Knoll

Joined: Dec 12, 2007
Posts: 6
Hi Prajal,

> Please could you tell me if there were many Generics questions and what was their difficulty level?

I don't remember exactly how much generics questions I got, but I think you can expect to get as many generics questions as in the mock exams.

> But Generics scare me

What exactly is the problem with generics for you?

Cheers, Frank
Gijs Mollema

Joined: Dec 13, 2007
Posts: 12
There are questions on Generics you can bet for sure.
If you have any test exams, then retest these.
Many books have questions after each chapter. I had the book of McGraw-Hill and had good questions to make sure you understand the theory.

And if you are not too sure, implement these questions by code. Play with it and see what you can and can't do

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