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Passed SCJP 6.0 with 86%

Gosia Wittemann
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Joined: Nov 02, 2007
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I have just passed SCJP 6.0 with 86%. I decided to take the risk and go for the 6.0 version and I don't regret it. I had no questions about the new interfaces or Console class, but I found that the concurrency questions were more difficult than in the K&B book or in Whizlab simulator. That was also the only area where I significantly lost points (the questions were only about the methods mentioned in K&B book, but they went deeper, were more detailed and tested a lot of very complicated cases - many threads running, calling yield(), interrupt(), etc.)

I also had one question that asked to choose two most suitable OO practices, but there was a radio button - therefore only one choice was possible.

The time allocated for the exam was more than enough, I ended it with over an hour spare time left.

I prepared for 4 months, with ca. 6 weeks break, which was a very bad idea. I think two months of continuous learning would have been enough. My main resources were K&B book, Whizlab simulator and JavaRanch. I also tried to write as much code as possible.

For my next exam, I am going to learn continuously, every single day, use more index cards (and go through them whenever possible), start with mock exams a little bit earlier, write much more code and stress less before the exam

My next goal is SCWCD, I am aiming at taking it in 30 days with 6-8 hours of learning per day (slightly less on weekends). I have close to no experience with JSPs, but I've written a lot of ASP pages, so at least I have experience with HTTP, etc.

Huge thanks to Kathy and Bert, Whizlab team and JavaRanch forum!!!

[ March 10, 2008: Message edited by: Gosia Wittemann ]
Jart Bo
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Joined: Oct 22, 2007
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Hi Gosia,

Great Score!! Congratulations!!

I am also planning to take SCJP 6.0 by April. I only rely on the KB book itself because it's explanations are very much well done. In addition, I really can't afford to buy those exam simulators. I will just be relying on the free mock exams available online.

I hope you could give me more advice on how to successfully pass SCJP 6.0.


Joe Harry
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Congratulations on your SCJP!

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Gosia Wittemann
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Joined: Nov 02, 2007
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I can't really say more than pay attention to concurrency, there were a lot of questions from this area. Also exceptions were very important, but I found the questions fairly easy.

I think K&B is really enough, it covers everything and to a great detail too. The new classes are not that important.

Good luck!!
Raghavan Muthu
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Joined: Apr 20, 2006
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Congratulations Gosia Wittemann

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Nevin kumar
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Joined: Mar 15, 2008
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congrats,I was puzzled whether to take scjp1.5 or 1.6,Not much information on the net also regarding 1.6,I want know how much tough are questions in 1.6,request your advice on the same.Any help highly appreciated.
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