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!!!
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.
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.