Hallo ranchers I passed scjp 5.0 It took me about 6 months of time for the whole preparation. I really very thank full to Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates for there wonderful book. Those writers have shown there 100% effort in this book. Without this book this was not even possible to pass the exam. I can also say that this is the best book to learn java.
I have gone 3 times through this book. It took me 4 � months of time for all the reading. Then I bought a mock test simulator from whizlab. It cost me INR 531 this worth the same. This is a very good mock test simulator. Well the look and feel of the simulator is not so similar to the actual exam but the questions are very tricky and difficult than the actual test (which I came to know after passing the exam). This simulator helped me a lot. Thanks whizlab for there tremendous job.
On the day of exam I was very nervous. But after seeing the questions I fell relief because those were some how less tricky than the mock test questions.
Tests gui was good. They gave me 210 minutes, I don�t know how, but the exam clock starts its countdown from 210 minutes.
I gave all the answers within 120 minutes. Then for the rest of the time I started revising them.
Ok guys I want to tell you form my personal experience that, to get through the exam only thing you have to do is to by heart the k&b book. Mock tests are optional, because I was very nervous and this was my first certification exam, I bought the mock test simulator. The only requirement for the test is to go each and every part of the book carefully and thoroughly. And of course don�t forget to visit java ranch regularly.
I hope this experience of mine will help you on your preparation.